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Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Program


Established in 1994, the CAR program was created to produce a set of standards for general business practices as well as environmental and safety issues and to provide guidance for member facilities in adhering to these standards. This program is one of the cornerstones of the ARA as the facilities participating strive to provide quality service and parts for the professional automotive recycling industry.

ARA Members - GET CERTIFIED!  Join your peers and become certified.  Why?

  1. Because industry partners recognize CAR members as market leaders, and

  2. Because regulators know CAR members value quality service and safe practices

Increasingly the market is rewarding those facilities that value quality and safety enough to become certified.  To help you assume a leading role in the marketplace, ARA has updated and streamlined the CAR application so it is more user-friendly and evaluates your facility using a more common sense, real-life approach. 

The accompanying guide also has been revised and is an excellent resource to help you become a CAR Program member.

Both the new application and guide build on the CAR Program's past successes and include an audit that is based on a point system under which a facility will be evaluated using a point value for each familiar CAR standard.  The standards have been reorganized to more closely follow the auditors' facility inspection sequence, but no new standards have been added. 

So, join the CAR program today and put your business at the top of the industry for quality service and parts!

Click HERE for the New CAR Guide!                      For the NEW CAR Application, click    HERE!

CAR Online Training Modules!


Now, more than ever, there's no excuse not to participate in ARA's Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Program.  We've Enhanced the Program Benefits to Make the Program Even Better for You, the ARA Member



Gold Seal Program

The ARA Gold Seal program, available only to those ARA members who have completed CAR certification, ensures excellence in customer satisfaction through improved customer service, quality parts with accurate descriptions, reliable on-time deliveries and written product warranties.

With the new addition of the customer complaint system, minimum CSI score standards, mechanical parts warranty, and the requirement of all Gold Seal members to use the ARA parts grading system, why would you buy recycled automotive parts from anyone else?

Established by ARA with an endorsement from the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the program allows recyclers to join forces to take a proactive stance to improve quality and increase customer satisfaction.  Click HERE for the Gold Seal Program application!



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