additional auto recycling information

The Auto Recycling Industry has developed guidelines and standards for communication and self-governing the industry. Vehicle manufacturers have very specific information to assist Auto Recyclers. Read some of this information below.

ARA Parts Descriptions
The Automotive Recyclers Association recommends that recycling industry software vendors incorporate these descriptions of part types into their business management systems and part locating networks. Read more …

Part Type Categories
The ARA breaks down the auto parts into categories for handling of parts for standardizing stock information. Read More…

ARA Parts Grading
The ARA Parts Grading and Description Guidelines are intended to improve communication between automotive recyclers and their collision repairer, mechanical repairer and insurer customers. Read more …

ARA Recycled Parts Guide
Thousands of estimates and repair orders are written every day that include recycled parts. ARA offers industry participants the opportunity to limit the number of variables associated with the use of recycled parts in order to increase their acceptance and use. Read more …

Color Codes
The Color Codes are used in the stock management systems for Auto Recyclers so that all Auto Recyclers and Manufacturers have a single voice on the description of parts. Read more …

VIN Decoder
Do you know what production year your car is? Check the VIN # and use this chart below

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YEAR YOUR CAR IS? CHECK THE VIN # AND SEE THIS CHART
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Understanding Your VIN
VIN – What Do All Those Numbers Mean?
Character One
Identifies the car’s country of origin.
1 United States
2 Canada
3 Mexico
4 United States
5 England
6 Australia
J Japan
K Korea
L Taiwan
W Germany
Y Sweden
Character Two
Identifies the manufacturer
A Audi
A Jaguar
B BMW
C Chrysler
C GM Canada/Suzuki
D Mercedes Benz
E Eagle
F Ford
G General Motors
H Honda
H Hyundai
J Jeep
L Lincoln
M Mazda
M Mercury
N Nissan
P Plymouth
S Saab
S Suzuki
T Toyota
V Volkswagen
V Volvo
Y Mazda
1 Chevrolet
2 Pontiac
3 Oldsmobile
4 Buick
5 Pontiac
6 Cadillac
7 GM/Canada
8 Saturn
Character Three
Identifies the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
Characters Four through Eight
Identify various vehicle attributes, such as: car line and series, restraint system, engine type and body style.
Character Nine
Is the check digit (verifies VIN accuracy)
Character Ten
Identifies the year of the model.
Character Eleven
Identifies the assembly plant.
Characters Twelve through Seventeen
Provide the production sequence.
The Automotive Recyclers Association recommends that recycling industry software vendors incorporate these descriptions of part types into their business management systems and part locating networks. Read more …


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