Approximate time to complete this lesson: 30 minutes.
To begin Lesson 3, watch this video (5 minutes, 14 seconds).
The ARA Parts description guidelines were designed to improve the communication between automotive recyclers and:
The ARA Parts Description guidelines are designed to bring standardized parts descriptions and terminology to the parts inventory process. The system identifies common parts and terms that describe part’s condition and options. By standardizing part descriptions the recycling industry can easily:
How can we incorporate standards & descriptions into business management systems and parts locating networks? Parts Description guidelines provide industry approved descriptions and are available at www.a-r-a.org. The guidelines list acronyms used to describe common parts.
There are over 125 parts listed in total. For a complete list see the ARA Recycled Parts Standards and Codes. Part colour codes and definitions are also listed in the guidelines. The training in this module will focus on part conditions using the ARA damage locator and parts grading guidelines.
A three digit character code informs us:
The first character in the code is the location of the damage. Utilizing the standard damage locator guide we can determine the first character in the code. Damage typically follows a Reverse S pattern.
If there is no damage to the part the code entered will be “000”.
Note: Zero is also used as a location, for example, 0H4 would mean hail damage all over.
Always keep a copy of the damage locator close by so you will never have to question the location of damage.
Now that you have an understanding of damage location codes: