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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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Swift Update
By Mike Swift, ARA Past President

Hope all is well in the Auto Recycling Industry!

Auto Recyclers had a bill passed in the House and the Senate in the FAST Act.

When enacted, this new law will now require automakers to make publicly available the OE part names, part descriptions and part numbers of a vehicle’s defective components that are subject to a recall. This is a significant step forward in ARA’s quest for motor vehicle parts data. For the first time, there will be federal statutory language mandating manufacturers to make OE part numbers available to the public. This language is a critical step as it provides a basis for ARA action in the coming months to work with regulators to secure electronic access to part numbers of recalled components tied to Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). ARA will continue to educate policymakers that it is only with electronic access to part numbers associated with specific VINs that professional automotive recyclers can comply with the TREAD Act of 15 years ago in which Congress prohibited the sale of nonremedied recalled automotive parts. read more.


From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke

HOORAY, HOORAY, It’s the first of May The snow is gone The flowers are blooming And soon it will be Memorial Day

I hope you are all on your way to a great summer. The price of scrap is increasing but the gas prices are going up. I guess we get some bad with the good. We just finished up with the Upper Midwest Convention in Minnesota. We had several vendors and sponsors that made it a success, along with speakers that were terrific.

The 2019 Upper Midwest Convention will be in Black River Falls.

We had originally announced the date of May 10 & 11 however that is the opening day of fishing in Minnesota and it is also Mother’s Day on May 12th.

So we have been able to change the date to May 17 & 18, with some things starting on May 16th. This will be the CARS of WI 60th ANNIVERSARY. We have some very special things being planed so watch for some more information to come.

Another IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT we need to make is because of the low attendance we have experienced in the last few years at the CARS ANNUAL MEETING. We will be having the 2019 Annual meeting at the Upper Midwest Convention. According to our BY-LAWS we must have an annual meeting to cover important business of the association. We want to make this a short meeting so will be changing the agenda. Watch for more information to come.

We are planning to have an EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR this fall. We will have more info next newsletter



2017 Scholarship Recipient

This is a letter CARS received from Heather Ruby who is one of our 2017 scholarship recipients.

Dear CARS of Wisconsin,

I would like to thank you for the consideration of my scholarship and for selecting me as a recipient for the Bob Hoffmann and Cheryl Rastia scholarships. I have been working at Bay Auto Parts for almost two years now and the auto recycling industry has grown very near and dear to my heart, so being awarded these scholarships is a great honor.

I am very grateful for the financial assistance while I pursue a degree in accounting at the University of St. Thomas. I would absolutely love to put my degree to use in the automotive recycling industry if an opportunity comes my way. Thanks again for selecting me and thank you for all of your hard work in promoting auto recycling as well as raising public awareness on its numerous benefits.

Sincerely, Heather Ruby

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