Building a Greener Tomorrow

CAR Annual Meeting is this weekend! Come and join us in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Automotive Recyclers Association is going on the road! The 2017 Annual Meeting is going to Colorado Springs on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th. We have a weekend of education and fun in store for all recyclers in Colorado!


The meeting is being held at the Norris Penrose Event Center at The event starts at 8:00am with a light breakfast.  Speakers and presentations start at 9:00am.

To view the agenda click here.



On Friday January 27th, we will have a cocktail reception at the Courtyard by Marriott South in Colorado Springs. Appetizers will be served and drinks are available as well as free entertainment. We have also reserved a room block at the Courtyard for our members to stay at discounted rates (through 1.15.17). So come join us to kick off your weekend and socialize with your colleagues. The number of rooms is limited to register and reserve your room today.




On Saturday we will hold the Annual Meeting and Trade Show at the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. There will be local and national vendors showing the latest products and services to help your business be more productive and profitable. You can view the list of sponsors and exhibitors below.


Click here to register.




We are featuring presentations by nationally recognized motivational speaker D J Harrington. We will have a legislative update and have representatives on hand to give us the scoop on what changes to expect in 2017. There will also be an auction to raise money for CAR efforts to support the industry in the regulatory and legislative areas.  We will also be introducing the new CAR Chat platform. The Chat Line replaces the radio hotline and extends the availability to participate statewide without the need for investment in equipment. This is a great tool for working with CAR members to access inventory and process transactions efficiently.


Click here for a special greeting from DJ!


Breakfast and lunch is included in the coast of your registration.


After the meeting adjourns you are all invited to join us for a shuttle excursion from the Courtyard by Marriott to Cripple Creek to unwind and try your luck at the tables.


The meeting is made possible by the support and generosity of our sponsors and exhibitors.  Theses are the companies that support auto recyclers in Colorado – please support them with your patronage:



AJ Gallagher/Centennial Insurance

All Recycling, Inc.

Brock Supply

Central Insurance





Buddy Automotive Innovations



Crush Software

Duncan Recycling and Refining LLC

Hollander, A Solera Company

Liberty Communications

Phil Long Ford

Rebuilders Automotive Supply

SAS Forks

Vortex Depollution Systems


Registration for CAR members yards is $50.00 for up to 2 individuals and an additional $25.00 for each additional person.

Registration for nom-member years id $75.00 for up to 2 individuals and and additional $75.00 for each additional attendee. We are asking you to register in advance so that we can make sure we are prepared for you with enough materials and amenities.  Please use the registration link above or contact Cheryl at 303-457-2119 to register.

We hope to see you all in Colorado Springs in January. If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Dotson at 303-457-2119 or by email at

**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


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.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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


Our members are held to the highest standards in the State of Colorado, and have some of the best business practices in the country. We are continually striving to protect the environment and create awareness, while encouraging profitable and safe businesses. LEARN MORE

Stadium Auto Parts