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Automotive Recyclers Association

Welcome to CARS
Concerned Auto Recyclers of Wisconsin is our state association for professionals in the automotive recycling industry. It is the only state association specifically designed to increase the efficiency and profitability of business in the automotive dismantling and recycling industry, while continuing to preserve and protect our environment.

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Support of Recycling Industry Trade Associations
By Michael E. Wilson, CEO, Automotive Recyclers Association

The landscape of the professional automotive recycling industry is changing literally before our very eyes. Why is this happening? What’s coming next? How do you best adapt to these changing times? You can get answers to many of these questions through involvement in your local and national trade association membership!

Now more than ever, membership in specific industry trade associations pays for itself several times over. Automotive recyclers around the globe must work together to address outside forces seeking to cut into market share and profit centers or alter the way our product is delivered. It should be our decisions that drive the future of the automotive recycling industry; not the desires of individuals with conflicting interests.

Automotive recycling trade associations play a significant role in the local, domestic and international marketplace. Trade associations like yours and the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) actively engage industry partners to help advance the automotive recycling profession and, at the same time, bridge gaps between professional automotive recyclers and those entities that have minimal interest in supporting policies that promote the utilization of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recycled parts. read more.


From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke

Welcome to spring in Wisconsin. The snow should be gone by now and our yards turn into mud puddles. Spring rains make it unpleasant to work in the salvage yard, but it will get better.

I hope you were able to have a great Easter with your family. My oldest granddaughter lives in Indiana, so I don’t think her family will make it home, but the rest of my family will be here. I know my grandson is jumping at the chance to start tapping trees and making maple syrup. Last year he made 150 gallons of syrup.

I got a message from Greg Hubbad that we were successful in getting the bill about opening the pools to the public stopped for this session of congress. I am sure IAA and CoPart will reenter it for the next session. So, keep in contact with your representatives whenever you have the chance.

We have the Upper Midwest Recyclers Convention and Trade Show coming up soon. It will be April 20 & 21st at Mounds View, MN. You should all have your attendee packets. Get your registrations sent in and show MN we can have a great turnout no matter what state we are in. If you need more info check our website or

CARS is in charge of the auction so if you have something to donate please send it me at the CARS address. We will also have the RECYCLED ART CONTEST again this year, and the artist will receive ½ of the money earned from the auction. Put your thinking hats on and create something unique and fun.




Sincere Condolences

Wayne Smits
We want to send our sincere condolences to the family of Wayne Smits from Choice Auto in Marrinette. Wayne passed away on February 23, 2018. He served on the CARS of WI board of directors and Treasuer for several years. Wayne was 64 years old and survived by his wife Kathy, and children Joel, Randy, Ron and families. For a complete obituary go to

Jim Gabrick
We also want to send sincere condolences to the family of Jim Gabrick of Fountain City Wi. Jim was the longest serving employee of Elmers Auto for the last 25 years. He was 14 years old when he started working for his uncle, Elmer and then worked Les and Brad. Jim was a avid big game bow hunter and received many awards. He is survived by 4 brothers and 6 sisters. He was 63 years old and passed away March 3rd.

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