Approximate time to complete this lesson: 30 minutes.
To begin Lesson 2, watch this video (6 minutes, 3 seconds).
Over the years there has been confusion over parts definitions. In the past it was left up to individual recyclers using only very broad guidelines. This lack of guidelines – especially when it came to assemblies – led to confusion. Mostly due to:
In 2012 the Automotive Recyclers Association established new parts definitions. The objectives for this were:
During this process part types increased from 75 to 300. Definitions were modified to sync with interchange. Stakeholders, including Mitchell, Audatex, and ICBC along with many others were part of the review process and all recognized these definitions because they minimize discrepancies between what goes into the estimate and the parts that will ultimately be delivered.
In this section of the module we will learn:
After completing this lesson, go to www.a-r-a-standards.org and review website.
A part type search can be done by anyone of three search methods:
To search by location use the drop down box and select an area (example “Front body”)
A subsection will appear – let’s select “front end”.
A window will then appear, since there are many sub-components in a front-end.:
Then select the specific part type you want to see (e.g. “Hood”)
The screen will display definition details for the part:
What you will see on this page:
Searching by part name will yield the same display information as searching by part location.
Type a word for the part name, such as, “steering” and press enter.
A box will appear that includes all of the part types that include the word “steering”.
Select the part you are looking for. The system will also recognize common vernacular even though these words may not necessarily be the official word used by the ARA.
This will yield the same results as previous.
There is also a change suggestion feature. In order for the system to keep current you can submit a request for change. Use ‘submit request for change’ feature. ARA periodically reviews all submissions and makes changes to the system.
Damage locations, and how you can use this tool are discussed in the next lesson.
What should you as an inventory manager do to start putting these definitions in place and begin benefiting from them?