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Register Now!! CAR Annual Meeting is in two weeks – January 23rd, 2016

The Colorado Automotive Recyclers Association (CAR) Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2016.  The meeting will be held the PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO 80211 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  This annual event is a great place to network with your fellow recyclers and share ideas and stories about your business.


There is a lot of important information to be shared this year.  There will be information about the new workers compensation plan as well as an introduction to a new web based communications tool that will allow CAR members to find parts and share information more efficiently statewide!

We have two renowned nationally know speakers for the event,  Robert Counts of Counts Business Consulting and Rian Garner of American Auto Salvage (TX).

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Robert Counts owns CBC and co-owns CBCDashboard. Robert consults with automotive recyclers and towing businesses in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. Robert works as a Team PRP Profit Group leader and conducts Owner’s Groups for independent companies. Robert does independent consulting on buying, sales, operations, customer relations, financial health, facility layout and design. Robert conducts seminars on sales, operations/production, inventory systems, growing the business, managing difficult employees, managing the family business, and succession planning.


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Rian Garner is regional director of automotive recycling and sales facilities, strategic planning, budget development, and policy implementation with a superb career in the recycling industry. Outstanding background in process improvement, new process implementation, inventory and quality control standards in established and new business entities. Expertise in building high performance teams that execute and achieve desired results. Versed in financial analysis and driving key metrics to insure continued success.

The CAR Annual Meeting is free to member yards.  This is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.  Please remember to visit with the sponsors and exhibitors at the meeting and learn about new products and technologies that can help you to be more profitable in 2016.

Our 2016 sponsors include:








We will also have on hand vendors with products and services to help you with your business.  To date our exhibitors include:







There are still a few Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities available.  Please use the links below to see more information on how you can support CAR and increase your facetime with our members.

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

2016 Sponsorships Available

2016 Exhibitor Opportunities

In addition if you are planning to be in town on Friday, January 22nd we are planning to have a reception/happy hour for a little extra networking and greeting time.  More information will follow and check back here for the latest information.

Click here to register now and we will see you in January!!

**COMING SOON** New Tool to Help Keep Colorado Recyclers Connected

The Board of Directors of CAR have been working to develop a new communications platform for our members.  The system is web based and can be used in any part of the state with no equipment limitations.  The system is currently in testing but we will be ready to roll it out at the Annual Meeting on January 23, 2016.  Please plan on joining us to see this new and efficient technology!

CAR Legislative News

Big ticket items for legislative session continue to be budget and state investment in business and infrastructure. General Assembly is now working on Long Bill or annual budget bill. While the state has over 500 million in new revenues, it now appears that there will be fight as General Assembly finds itself in a Tabor Refund situation. With Tabor and expansion of state programs, education and Medicare, there is little left of the 500 million.

For CAR members, there continues to be couple of bills of interest:

HB-1206: Recycling Tax Credits- this is aimed at equipment tax credits for waste recyclers. We are watching the bill as we may want to request a tax credit next year for motor vehicle and metal recycling as well. The bill is now awaiting appropriations committee to see if there is money to fund the effort. If this bill passes, it opens the way for a potential effort for our recyclers to gain a tax credit next year.
Late Bill: Delivery of Motor Vehicle Title in 30 Days. Used Motor Vehicle Dealers are running a late bill to address the delivery of a title in 30 days and asking for some revisions due to parties holding up the process. We just received the bill today and will forward to CAR Board for review and comment. The Used Dealers have asked for a CAR review and possible support position. This will have to one of those review and comment on-line issues as we are now into the last 30 days of the session.

Business Bills: The Regulatory Reform Act HB-1065 and SB-180, the Civil Rights Penalties Fix bill SB-069 have all been killed in the House. There appears to be little support in the House to reform the regulatory process for small businesses this year.

Spring has sprung. The end of the legislative session is quickly approaching and there will be some major late bills offered in the next few weeks. If any impact CAR we will be in touch ASAP.

RJ Hicks- Hicks & Associates


Upcoming Events



Friday, January 22, 2016 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Denver, CO

If you are planning to get into Denver the day before the CAR Annual Meeting, plan on spending some time with your fellow members for a cocktail and some networking.

Information on where we will be meeting will be announced soon.

Check out the newest edition of the CAR Newsletter

The newest edition of the CAR Newsletter is hot off the presses!! Click here to check out the latest CAR News.

CAR Member Profile

We want you to get to know us better. We will be featuring a member; their history in the industry and their view of the future.

In this issue we will be interviewing Rich Murr of A-1 Auto and Truck Recycling in Penrose, CO.

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Q: How did you become involved in the recycling industry?

It was 1987 and I was a general contractor, construction came to a stop so it was either move or change occupations. I had an opportunity to be a partner in A-1 Auto recyclers in Colorado Springs which I ran until 2000 when we sold that business. I found that I truly enjoy this industry especially the interaction with my customers and the feeling that you helping them solve a problem.

What service does the auto recycling industry provide to the community?

We are a valuable industry in the conscientious and responsible disposal of wrecked and unwanted vehicles. Allowing affordable parts alternatives to our customers. I am finding ever increasingly that the manufacturers are not supporting their cars with parts. Parts on many 10 year old vehicles far obsolete with the consumer only alternative being used.

What do you see in the future for recycling?

That’s a good question. This industry is constantly changes, an item that is big business today we can’t give away tomorrow, but we as an industry are survivors and as we lose a piece of the market we find another to replace it. I believe electronics in general are a category that we need to take seriously and keep abreast of obsolete parts so that we know their real value. We all learn everyday of items that are in demand and worth more than we realized. It would be great if we as an industry could share that information. (The news hotline maybe?

Members Only Page: Valuable Information for CAR Members Only!


CAR has been making improvements to the website to better serve the need of our members.  One of these is the addition of a ‘Members Only’ section.  This section contains information and services that can help you to connect with other members to communicate information and share ideas.  Some of the features of this section include:

•    Access to information on Board activities including legislative updates.
•    The CAR newsletter is available providing important information to our members.
•    The Members Only Forum – designed to share information with all members in one easy to to use location.

When originally designed the page assigned a numeric user ID for those that registered.  The page has been update to allow those that wish to choose a more user friendly user ID to create one that is easier to remember!  Just go the registration link and create your new user id.

To sign up or to update your login click here and start sharing in the fun.

If you are already registered please click here and check out the information and applications available.


Why Recycled Parts?

There are countless advantages to buying recycled parts, over purchasing new parts. According to sources, the availability of quality competitive replacement parts saved consumers over $2.2 billion dollars in insurance costs per year. Alternative collision repair parts are anywhere from 26 to 50 percent less expensive than parts issued by automobile companies and also often have longer warranties. The availability of quality alternative collision parts means fewer delays in repairs, which gets consumers and business vehicles back on the road faster. LEARN MORE

Get Involved

Stormwater Permits, legislative bills, third party lawsuits, regulations hindering recyclers…There are so many important issues we must constantly stay on top of, and you can get involved first and foremost by joining our e-mail list to the right of this page! Remember, we are part of the solution to a cleaner environment! LEARN MORE


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