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Houston, TX – After an amazing week in sunny Fort Lauderdale, the 39th Annual ABPA Convention is complete! With the highest attendance and participation in recent memory, this was the best ABPA event in years. Here are some of the highlights: Tuesday 4/30 Early attendees took advantage of the sunny weather in Fort Lauderdale (as compared to Read more…


Houston, TX – The ABPA is concerned with the accelerated introduction of OE Repair Procedure bills in multiple states that are tying in the exclusive use of OE Parts. Though noble intentions were behind their origination, we are seeing an increase in the addition of anti-aftermarket language that is not only detrimental to an important segment in Read more…


Source: LKQ Corporation April 25, 2019 Revenue growth of 14% to $3.1 billion Organic revenue growth for parts and services of 0.1%; 1.3% on a per day basis Non-cash impairment charges of $52 million including assets held for sale Net income attributable to LKQ stockholders of $98 million (down 36%); adjusted net income of $176 million (up Read more…


Source: Gopal Ratnam, Roll Call Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your Read more…


Source: The New York Times Editorial Board When the tools of modern life stop working, people should be able to shop for the best price on repairs. A giant John Deere tractor and a pocket-size Apple iPhone have something important in common: The cost of repairing either one is too high. The two companies, and many of Read more…


Effective 4/15/2019, new Partslink data is available for download for existing subscribers. For information on the Partslink program, including market intelligence, and how to subscribe to Partslink, please visit www.autobpa.com/partslink. Partslink Monthly Statistics Partslink is more than just a database of part numbers. Information pertaining to part pricing and supersession are also available to subscribers.


Source: United Recyclers Group (URG) The United Recyclers Group (URG) and PartsTrader announced the availability of a new integration that allows member yards to automatically see their inventory for each part and reduce manual data entry. These factors speed up quote response time by yard personnel. By using this integration, the sales team can focus more time Read more…


LKQ Corporation announced that it has acquired all assets of Elite Electronics. Elite, based in Richardson, TX, specializes in various automotive diagnostic and repair services. This acquisition launches LKQ into the vehicle services market, converging LKQ’s industry leading parts and distribution business with Elite’s services to further facilitate customers’ needs. Elite Electronics’ technical solutions are both mobile Read more…


Source: Ryan Beene, Bloomberg The U.S. auto industry is escalating a lobbying push to keep President Donald Trump from imposing steep new tariffs on imported cars and parts that executives warn could cripple a sector already facing a slowdown. Groups representing many arms of the industry — automakers, dealers, parts suppliers and aftermarket companies alike — are Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Legislation would require appraisers and insurers to disclose that consumers are not required to submit photos to obtain an appraisal. Bill also requires insurers to secure a signed aftermarket crash part disclosure. Legislation pre-filed in Louisiana seeks to prohibit appraisers from preparing repair estimates using photographs or telephone calls and require a personal inspection. House Read more…

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