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2017 AARA Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament a Huge Success

AARA hosted their Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament at the Whirlwind Golf Club on September 30, 2017.  The event was a huge success and raised over $5000 to be donated to relief efforts for recyclers affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.  We would like to thank all our sponsors, attendees, golfers and volunteers for all you contributed to making this weekend a success.
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AARA Thanks to our Exhibitors

We would like to thank the Hole Sponsors for their generous donations that helped us raise the money for the hurricane relief efforts:

Brock Supply
Copart John Black
Coyote Towing
M&R Auto
NMCARA
PartsTrader
Phoenix Automotive Cores
PKTech
Power Plus Products
QPS4U
Reliable Auto Parts
Skip Weller
Spectrum Delivery
SuperShear Inc.
U Pull & Pay
UARA
3 Brothers Coffee
Commercial Forms

2017 AARA Summit and Expo Registration Now Open

When it comes to making the right business decisions for your business, you need to be informed. The 2017 Arizona Recycling Summit, Expo and Mark Buessing Memorial Golf Tournament is an investment in the future of your business.

We as your fellow recycler understand that many recyclers have been forced to change their focus just to survive however this event is an incredible event to learn from others, build lifelong relationships and create those partnerships that can make a difference between thriving and failure. Simply put you cannot afford to miss this years Summit and Expo.

What a great opportunity right in your backyard to network, learn and preview all the great products and services our vendor partners have to offer.

We hope you will not miss this opportunity to advance your business.  Click on the link below to register today.

AARA 2017 Golf Registration Form

AARA 2017 Dinner Reservations

 

2017 AARA Summit Vendor Registration now open

We are now accepting registrations for vendor exhibit tables for the Annual Summit

Click on the link below for your registration form

2017 AARA Vendor Registration

2017 Mark Buessing Memorial Golf Tournament

Register now for the 3rd Annual Mark Buessing Memorial Golf Tournament

Click on the link below for your registration form

 

AARA 2017 Golf Registration Form

ADEQ Offers Quick Reference Tool for Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit

ADEQ Offers Quick Reference Tool for Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit

ADEQ Offers New Annual Compliance Tracking & Reporting Tool
to Help Permittees with Coverage under the Stormwater MSGP

ADEQ’s new tool can assist your stormwater team with staying on track with permit requirements all year long. A single sided, one pager, the MSGP Requirements at a Glance summarizes typical permit requirements and can easily be posted in a conspicuous spot in your work area as a helpful reminder of the timing for, and your progress toward, fulfilling permit requirements.

The form begins with the start of the reporting year (June 1, Did you submit your DMRs?) and walks the user through each step to the end (May 31, DMRs and annual reports should be nearing completion for submission).

Each box of the form contains a specific permit that needs to be met. Once the requirement has been met, e.g., you completed the first visual assessment of the wet season, just check the box titled complete. As the year goes on, the form serves as a visual aid that shows you which tasks have been completed or missed and captures these items for the record and discussion when preparing the annual report.

We hope you find the new MSGP Requirements at a Glance helpful with staying on track with your MSGP permit requirements.

View additional resources for the AZPDES Industrial Stormwater Non-Mining MSGP | Learn More >

About ADEQ

Under the Environmental Quality Act of 1986, the Arizona State Legislature established the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in 1987 as the state agency for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/.

AARA April 25th Annual Membership Meeting

The AARA  Annual Membership meeting was held on April 25th 2017 and hosted by SRC Oil & Fuel.

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It was a great opportunity to network and meet one of our newest associate members, Jonathan Black from Copart. Several of members enjoyed catching up with old friends.

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SRC provided refreshments while we mingled and fantastic food from Aioli’s food truck.

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The membership meeting was productive. Michael Chirumbolo from SRC gave an informative talk about what they do and the services they provide to recyclers. The membership then voted in our newest recycler member, U-Pull & Pay.

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After the meeting Michael gave us a tour of their facility. Thanks SRC!

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A big thank you to Cory Kline from Jeff Jaramillo Insurance, Theresa Colbert & Jeff Mastervich from Car-part.com, Jonathan Black from Copart, and Jimmy Curren & Bruce Pauls from Liberty Iron & Metal for donating items to our raffle.

AARA Membership Meeting to be held on April 25, 2017

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Join Us for the Arizona Auto Recyclers Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Open House and Facility Tour

Hosted By:

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Email or fax registration to admin@aara.com or 480-609-3939

Deadline is Friday, April 21st , 2017

March 2017 SRC Oil & Fuel Flyer- Registration Form

Video on RPO Codes and Build Sheet Information

Reading GM RPO Glovebox Codes and Build Sheet

My 2016 Budget Challenge: What to Do With a Totaled Car

My 2016 Budget Challenge: What to Do With a Totaled Car

By Max Wong on 6 January 2017

[Editor’s Note: This is another episode in Max Wong’s journey to find an extra $31,000 this year. Read the whole series here.]

Some stereotypes are true. People in Los Angeles suck at driving in the rain.

The Accident

Last week, Mr. Spendypants and I were driving down the center lane of the 110 Freeway. The road ahead was a multicar accident scene. Blocking the left hand lane was a smashed car facing oncoming traffic, its windows completely blocked by air bags. Blocking the right hand lane was not one, but two separate pileups.

As we approached the accidents, we were struck from behind. The driver of the car that hit us had swerved to avoid crashing into the stopped vehicle in the left lane and plowed into our car, instead. The impact of the crash sent us skidding toward the stopped vehicles in the right-hand lane. If the initial impact wasn’t bad enough, the driver who rear-ended us tried to pull out of his skid only to drive into the side of our car, instead.

My first thought as we finally came to a stop on the wet pavement: Why did this have to happen to our nice car and not the clunker that I want to part out for cash?

The Aftermath

Karina, our 1993 Volvo 240 station wagon, did her job. We drove away from the accident without a scratch. Unfortunately, Karina didn’t fare as well. The accident had smashed a rear door and quarter panel, and ripped off molding, a brake light, and a bumper cover.

The next morning we drove Karina over to our Swedish mechanic who put her up on the lift. Miraculously, she had not sustained any mechanical damage from the accident, just body damage. She is in perfect driving condition.

Even with this slightly good news, I knew at this point that Karina was totaled. Car insurance generally works off a very easy algorithm: If the cost of repair is more than 75% of the car’s value, that car is declared a total loss even if the car is in perfect working order.

The Appraisals

The bodywork estimate: $2,000. Average value of a 1993 Volvo 240 wagon: $2,400. Boo.

Luckily, the driver of the car that hit us is insured (by Progressive). We had their adjuster give us an appraisal and got a second appraisal (and opinion) from State Farm, Mr. Spendypants’ car insurance. Both companies called Karina a total loss. This means that instead of paying to fix her, the insurance company would cash us out on Karina’s value and we’d drive home in a damaged car with a check in our pocket.

If we went through State Farm, the accident would go against our deductible and we would end up with a check for $3,199. If we went through Progressive, there would be no impact on our deductible and we would end up with a payout of $3,480.

By the way, we were totally shocked that Karina had retained so much value. We’d purchased her in 2012 for $3,500. We were anticipating that they insurance companies would give us $1,000 and we’d be stuck paying out of pocket to repair her.

Both insurance companies offered to buy Karina from us for scrap. Progressive valued Karina at $119 as scrap, and State Farm offered us a princely sum of $75 to take our totaled car off our hands. While all insurance companies offer to buy totaled cars — as a convenience to the customer — it should be noted that Karina’s used parts are worth around $15,000. The rear door that we will have to replace on Karina sells for $450. And that’s just for the exterior metal panel, not the interior of the door!

I have no idea why more people don’t understand what a total money-loser this is.

The loss of almost $15,000 in parts value is not a convenience. Instead we will take our chances on repairing Karina. We accepted Progressive’s check for $3,480.

The Action Plan

This is where owning a totaled car gets sticky. The moment Progressive cut us a check is the moment when we lost the original title to Karina. The state of California, like most states, revokes the original title on totaled vehicles to prevent damaged cars from being resold to unsuspecting buyers. The DMV will replace our original title with a Salvage Certificate. This becomes the new ownership document. Once we repair Karina, we can re-register her as “Revived Salvage.” She will never get a clean title again, but we will be able to resell her if we want to down the road.

Yes. The process of re-registering Karina will be inconvenient, but not $15,000 worth of inconvenience. This is what my next week’s action plan looks like:

  • Complete an Application for Reregistration.
  • Pull Karina’s prior bills of sale to prove the chain of ownership.
  • Have California Highway Patrol inspect Karina.
  • Obtain smog inspections and other equipment certificates, if necessary.
  • Pay the $50 total loss salvage inspection fee, the $5 automated per year prior history fee, and the title and registration fees.

Alas, the body shop will not be able to repair Karina until the New Year. This means that we will be back down to one car for the entire month of December.

Silver lining: We can use the $3,480 to pay down our debt challenge in the meantime.

Progress So Far

Well, there are better ways to make money than getting double-tapped on the freeway, but I’ll take it.

Goal: $31,000

Amount Raised: $29,867.42

Amount Spent: $13,598.66