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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

The 2016 AARA Annual Weekend

The 2016 AARA Annual Weekend

The AARA 18th Annual Meeting and 2nd Memorial Mark Buessing Golf Tournament was held on Sept. 16-17, 2016.

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The event filled weekend started on Friday, September, 16th with a meet and greet cocktail reception sponsored by SA Recycling. The beautiful courtyard at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort kept everyone cool as they enjoyed the warm evening with good conversations, drinks and hor’doeuvres.

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We were lucky enough to have Mike Swift, the ARA president, join us and mingle!

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The weather was warm Saturday morning but 108 people showed up to play golf at San Marcos Golf Course in Chandler, Arizona and enjoyed the continental breakfast sponsored by Rim Vault.

We changed things up for the 2nd Memorial Mark Buessing Golf Tournament. This year it was a flighted 4 on 4 scramble with contests on every hole and an additional putting contest sponsored by Liberty Iron & Metal. This really kept things interesting.

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The golf tournament proved to be fun for all ages. A special thank you to Tom Buessing for all the time and energy he put into rounding up the sponsors and golfers for this great event.

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The Liberty Iron and Metal putting contest winner was Fergie!

A big thank you to Car-part.com, Spectrum, Coyote Towing, Blue Grace Logistics, Riteway Auto, Consolidated Personnel Services, AAA Pallet, Manheim Phoenix, Parts Trader, Phoenix Automotive Cores, IAA, Power Plus products, RSA Cores, Hollander, LKQ,  DV Towing, and Brock supply for being hole sponsors.

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In addition, we had URG, Custom Auto, Aviation Auto, Martin Auto Museum, American Auto Recycling, New Way Auto parts, M&R Auto, Alma Auto parts, MKT Analytics, Dulaney Auto Parts, Supershear Inc., Hidden Valley Auto, Just Trucks and Van, Stadium Auto Parts, Global Parts Solutions, Carolina Auto Recyclers, Nordstroms Auto, James Environmental, Sabori Core Consulting, RAS, and American Group Logistics as sponsors on Mark’s Friend’s hole. A big part of this event is to raise money for the ARA scholarship fund. Thanks to all of the sponsors we were able to raise over $7000!!!! And everyone had fun doing it.

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All of the teams hit the course with gusto and not only did the balls fly, but the teams had a blast and worked up a good appetite.

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Thanks to Wendy Wilson and her friend for all of their volunteer efforts!

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There were so many winners that afternoon at the awards luncheon following the tournament; it seemed that everyone walked away with a prize.

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The overall tournament winner was Mike Pierson’s team. Mike along with Jeff Inman, Trace Udall and Jarrod Wright took home the trophy until next year. Nice Job Team!

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The Saturday evening exhibitor’s reception sponsored by Jeff Jaramillo Insurance and G.J. Sullivan was well attended and enjoyed by all.  SA Recycling sponsored a wonderful meal at the Crowne Plaza which was followed by the 18th annual meeting.

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Brent Sapergia from SA Recycling started things off with a few good stories then, Kristie Werner from URG, did an excellent presentation on the core program and e-commerce. Next, Car-part.com’s Jeff Mastervich had an informative discussion on Website services with the members, followed by a message from Mike Swift, president of ARA. The final speaker, Reuben Farris from Phoenix Automotive Cores, had an interesting presentation on the core program benefits.

 

Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps and Graphics provided signage for the event and printed the event program. A special thank you to Jim Foxwell, Samantha Marcantonio, Matt Nisbet and all the staff!

Watch for details soon about the 2017 meeting. If you’d like to help plan the 2017 Annual meeting, have some ideas, or suggestions to make the event more fun and memorable for the members, email the AARA at admin@aara.com or contact any of the AARA board members.

AARA September Event

GET YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS IN TODAY!!

AARA has a room block at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort.

The group rate is $89. To make a room reservation call 1.877.685.5594 (give them block code YJQ) or book online at Arizona Automotive Recyclers Association.

The deadline for the group rate is TODAY  AUGUST 31st 2016  !

 

REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR GOLF AND DINNER ! 

 

ARA Golf Flyer

2016 Annual Meeting Flyer - Update August

Dinner Selection Registration Form

golf Registration Form

 

September 16-17 2016 Annual Weekend Schedule

2016 Annual Meeting Schedule

18th AARA Annual Meeting and 2nd Annual Mark Buessing Golf Tournament

AARA 18th Annual
Cocktail Reception, Golf Tournament &
Membership Meeting September 16-17, 2016
Crowne Plaza San Marco Golf Resort
One North San Marco Plaza.
Chandler, AZ 85225
The Arizona Automotive Recyclers Association (AARA)
would like to invite you to attend the AARA Annual Meeting.
Register now to attend. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

http://aara.com/media-events/news-updates/

Register Now for the 2016 AARA Annual Weekend

AARA 18th Annual
Cocktail Reception, Golf Tournament
& Membership Meeting
September 16-17, 2016
Crowne Plaza San Marco Golf Resort
One North San Marco Plaza.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Friday, September 16, 2016
6:00-8:00pm Meet & Greet Mixer – Cocktails & Refreshments
Sponsored by:
 SA Recycling 2013

Saturday, September 17, 2016
2nd Annual Mark Buessing Memorial Golf Tournament
Net proceeds go to ARA Scholarship Foundation

7:00am Check in and Continental Breakfast
7:30am Shot Gun Start — 4 on 4 scramble
12:30pm Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by:
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18th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner
5:30pm – 6:15pm Exhibitor Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by:
Jeff Jaramillo
6:15pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Sponsored by:
SA Recycling 2013
7:00pm – 8:45pm Membership Meeting Speakers :
Brent Sapergia – SA Recycling; Dinner Sponsor
Kristi Werner – URG; Core program and e-commerce
Jeff Mastervich – Car-part.com; Website services
Mike Swift – ARA president; ARA update
Reuben Farris – PAC; Core program benefits

ARA 73rd Annual Convention & Expo

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AARA 73rd Annual Expo

Attend or become an exhibitor at the largest gathering of progressive automotive recyclers in the country. Register @www.araexpo.org. Or visit Automotive Recyclers Association at www.a-r-a.org for more information.

Nothing Stays the Same

Nothing Stays the Same
By Robert Counts and Chad Counts

Things in your life and in your business change whether you desire this change doesn’t matter – stuff happens.
You only get a choice in what happens if you plan changes in advance and follow through on your plans. Even as you make the changes you plan for you will still have to deal with changes outside of your control, but at least you will have the advantage of already creating progress with your own changes.
“Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get.” George Bernard Shaw.
If you were not proactive in January 2014 and did not do a real review of where your business was, there is a good chance your net profit was not as good as the year before. If you haven’t made any changes in more than two years you are wondering:

• Why is business off?
• Why are these other yards paying “stupid” money for cars?
• Why isn’t life much fun?
• Why do I feel like I am working harder for less?

In working with and studying successful people I have learned the following:

• They know who they are and they do what they are passionate about. Business is hard and if you are not passionate about the business you are in – work becomes a grind. They many not be passionate about selling used parts, but they are passionate about growing their business. You need to get to the core of why you are in this business.
• They like to know if they are winning. They know what good is and are striving to be better. They are never satisfied. They compare, compete and improve.
• Success first. Ego second. Most people struggle with change if it’s not their idea. You may be your own biggest obstacle. Are you to busy shooting down other people’s ideas to actually see if their ideas would work?
• They are not afraid to make changes:
o In themselves,
o In their people, and
o In their business.

• The inaction caused by avoiding mistakes often costs more than trying and failing. They try, test, learn and adjust.
• They work hard. There will always be people who are smarter than you, who have more resources or who have had more opportunity. But nothing says you can’t level the playing field by out working your competitors.
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Thomas Edison

Steps to create your change:

• Start! Most ventures start with an idea and then get perfected through experience. Never let best get in the way of better. You can get a little better everyday. Most people do not have a shortage of good ideas they have a lack of execution. So pick an area for improvement and start today.
• Focus. Identify one thing that you and your team think would radically change your business. Put 80% of your focus and energy into this. Make a plan and get started. You will have to make adjustments along the way so be prepared for that.
• Identify. As owner/manager/leader you need to identify your top 20%. Who are your top producers and are committed to your company? Spend 80% of your available management/leadership time with them. They are the ones who are going to help identify the most important thing you are going to tackle and they will be the ones most responsible for its success.
• Take Away. Strip away things in your business that are not producing at a high level. It is better to do one or two things really well than many things poorly. Don’t do it because your friends or competitors do it. It has to fit into your overall business focus and be something that you have a passion about.

CBCDashboard, LP
www.cbcdashboard.com
Counts Business Consulting, LLC
www.countsbusinessconsulting.com
Robert Counts, rcounts@sbcglobal.net, 512-653-6915

Chad Counts, crcounts@countsbusinessconsulting.com,
512-963-4626

Jerry Brock Honored by Key Recognition for Charitable Giving

Annual Award Received for Many Years of Philanthropy in the Community

Tempe, AZ – March 7, 2014: Jerry Brock of Brock Supply Co., a national auto parts and supplies wholesaler, was presented with the Spirit of Tempe Award by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.  The award was given in recognition of what the Tempe Chamber describes as a “lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe,” and is given annually to only one recipient.

“Jerry embodies just what this community is about: Do good, help others do good, and don’t worry about who takes credit. He measures success not simply in reaching his goals but in helping others reach theirs as well. His unheralded involvement in local charities and causes has made a powerful impact on Tempe, and we are proud to honor him,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, in their announcement.

For years, Jerry has been involved in various charities including the Boys and Girls Club, the American Cancer Society, the Center for Hope, and the Tempe Community Council.  Jerry continues to donate and has thus far given over $1,000,000.

“I am touched and humbled by this award. Contributing to our community has been and continues to be very gratifying.  I am especially thankful for the key people who have helped me accomplish my goals.  I encourage everyone to find a way to help those in your community who are in need,” said Jerry.

Brock Supply Co. is a leading national auto parts and supplies wholesaler based in Tempe, AZ. Founded in 1960, Brock Supply serves the automotive recycling, repair, service and body shop industries with new aftermarket auto parts and supplies. Brock Supply has a catalog of over 12,000 products and delivers from three national distribution centers located in Arizona, Texas, and Virginia.  More information can be found at BrockSupply.com.

BROCK SUPPLY CO.
P.O. Box 1000
Tempe, AZ  85280-1000
Phone (480) 968-2222 

Recycled Rides

AARA Supports Recycled Rides

Refurbished Ride Re-enlists for 2nd Tour of Duty
Local U.S. Army National Guardsman receives a donation from Recycled Rides

Mesa, Ariz., November 21, 2011 – State Farm and Impact Auto Body have generously partnered together to donate a newly refurbished 2003 Toyota Sequoia to Recycled Rides who in coordination with Project We Remember donated the vehicle to U.S. Army National Guardsman, Abe Boyd. Project We Remember recognizes various organizations that provide needed services to Veterans. This year, they wanted to recognize a well deserving serviceman.

Mr. Boyd, a single working father of three sons ages 6, 12 and 15 has spent the last fourteen years as an Army guardsman. His tours of duty have included Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been driving his family around in a 1971 pickup truck with no air conditioning and not enough room for the entire family

For once my sons and I can ride in the same car at the same time, with air conditioning. This is incredible, said Mr. Boyd. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of all those involved with this incredible donation, State Farm, Impact Auto Body, Recycled Rides and Project We Remember.

Recycled Rides, is a community awareness project whereby members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need throughout the United States. A green program, Recycled Rides recruits auto body shops, insurers, paint suppliers and parts vendors to contribute in their own specific ways.

We are very excited to be working with Project We Remember this year, said Bob Schubert, owner of Impact Auto Body in Mesa.They do so much to give our military veterans a hand up when they need it. We have been overwhelmed by support from individuals and businesses throughout the community in providing items to refurbish the vehicle, as well as filling it with gifts for Abe’s children.

Bob and his wife, Debbie, owners of Impact Auto Body in Mesa, joined the Recycled Rides program 4 years ago to repair recycled vehicles for those in need. Recycled Rides benefits hundreds of families and organizations across the country.

Our partnership with Recycled Rides is all about helping people get to a better state, says State Farm Vice President-Operations Kim Hicks. We’re honored to be able to thank Mr. Boyd in some small way for this military service, while helping his family.

The 2003 Toyota Sequoia will be presented to Abe Boyd and his family on Dec. 21 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Impact Auto Body, which is located at 5035 East McKellips Road in Mesa, Arizona. Refreshments will be provided.

The media will have several interview opportunities with the donor, gifting organizations and the recipient at the event.

About Project We Remember:
Project We Remember provides short-term housing for U.S. military personnel and their families during visits to V.A. hospitals for therapy, surgery, and medical examinations. Project We Remember works with local V.A. hospitals to inform incoming patients and families of the availability of housing for the patient and their family. Project We Remember is a 501(c)3 non-profit. For information, visit www.projectweremember.org.

About NABC:
NABC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the image of the collision industry. Our ongoing and continued success is a direct result of the efforts and support of our sponsoring companies and membership. Please contact NABC directly for membership information. Call 1-888-667-7433 (888-66PRIDE) or go to www.autobodycouncil.org.

About State Farm:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Debbie Schubert
Co-Owner Impact Auto Body 602-526-3921 or dschubert@impactautobody.com