Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry. Founded in 1943, ARA represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles. The many affiliated chapter organizations of ARA are a vital part of the Association. ARA affiliated chapters represent professional automotive recyclers in the United States and around the world.
ARA’s mission is to advance the automotive recycling industry and promote its beneficial effects on society. ARA aims to further the automotive recycling industry and ARA member businesses through services and programs to increase public awareness of the industry’s role in conserving the future through automotive recycling and to build awareness of the industry’s value as a high quality, low cost alternative for the automotive consumer. ARA provides safety, educational, advocacy, networking, business, market intelligence and technical resources to serve the collective interests of our members.
To see a complete list of ARA’s Affiliated Chapters, please visit the Affiliated Chapter page available on the left-hand sidebar menu.
The committees of the Automotive Recyclers Association are comprised of volunteer leaders who act to further the objections outlined in the Association’s Strategic Plan and provide input and guidance to the Board of Directors and staff. For more information on ARA’s committees, please visit the Committee page available on the left-hand sidebar menu.
The ARA Educational Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose purpose is to provide high quality training and education to the professional automotive recycling industry. The Foundation researches, collects, and develops training materials that are designed not only for the upcoming workforce, but also to keep automotive recyclers educated in the most current technology and informed of improved methods of better business practices. In 2006 the ARA Education Foundation established the ARA University to meet the need for training that would help automotive recyclers succeed. For more information on the ARA University.
The automotive recycling industry – with $32 billion in sales annually – plays a necessary and crucial role in the efficient, ecological disposal of inoperable motor vehicles. Although sometimes known as auto salvage dealers, professional automotive recyclers deal strictly in the recycling of motor vehicles – i.e., domestic and foreign automobiles, light and heavy-duty trucks, buses and motorcycles..
From the earliest days of motorized travel, automotive recyclers have been leaders. These entrepreneurs developed a disassembly process for salvaged automobiles in order to reclaim reusable parts and components, and, thus, established an efficient automotive recycling system. For more than 75 years, automotive recyclers have been providing local employment, consumer service, and environmental conservation, worldwide.
Automotive recycling serves a vital role in preserving natural resources and reducing the demand for scarce landfill space. For example, each year approximately 95 percent of vehicles retired from use are processed for recycling. The recycling of these vehicles saves an estimated 85 million barrels of oil that would have been used in the manufacturing of new or replacement parts. Additional energy and resource conservation is realized by recycling rebuildable “core” parts to the automotive parts rebuilding industry.
In addition to conserving natural resources, automotive recycling plays an important role in reducing air and water pollution, and solid waste generation. Automotive recyclers must abide by stringent local and national regulations on dealing with waste generated by salvaged automobiles. Many individual automotive recyclers have also instituted their own unique programs to further reduce the potential effects of harmful materials to their businesses and communities.
Automotive recycling has evolved into a sophisticated market and technology-driven industry that constantly changes to keep abreast of innovations in automotive technology and manufacturing techniques. Rather than merely crushing wrecked, abandoned, and mechanically disabled motor vehicles, today’s modern recycling facilities have a definitive operational scheme that maximizes the vehicle’s true market value, all the while providing an economic and environmental benefit to the community.
In a typical modern recycling business, inoperative motor vehicles are brought into a facility where the hazardous and recyclable fluids are properly drained. Undamaged parts are then dismantled from the vehicle, cleaned, tested, inventoried, and stored in a warehouse until sold. The remaining vehicle hulk is then prepared for scrapping.
Automotive recyclers are a valuable source for economical and often hard to find used motor vehicle replacement parts. Professional auto recyclers use computer and satellite communication systems that enable for direct inventory assessment as well as locate parts across town or across the continent, by simply entering the appropriate data into their computer system. This technology allows recyclers to maximize their inventories and provide quick and efficient service to their customers.
Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is an international trade association which has represented an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.
ARA services approximately 1,000 member companies through direct membership and over 2,000 other companies through our affiliated chapters. Suppliers of equipment and services to this industry complete ARA’s membership. ARA is the only trade association serving the automotive recycling industry in 12 countries internationally.
ARA aims to further the automotive recycling industry through various services and programs to increase public awareness of the industry’s role in conserving the future through automotive recycling and to foster awareness of the industry’s value as a high quality, low cost alternative for the automotive consumer. ARA encourages aggressive environmental management programs to assist member facilities in maintaining proper management techniques for fluid and solid waste materials generated from the disposal of motor vehicles.