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ARC Adopts Gold Seal Certified Program

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bodyshopbiz.com 2013-02-25

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has announced that the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has become the first international association to adopt the Gold Seal Program. As part of its decision, ARC also elected to have all of its automotive recycling members adhere to the Gold Seal standards. All ARC Members are already audited to the Canadian Auto Recyclers Environmental Code (CAREC), and now Gold Seal certification takes those qualified members to the next level.

ARC's decision to supply high-quality recycled parts with no surprises on delivery ensures successful applicants will be best in class within the automotive recycling industry, by implementing industry standards for customer service and recycled part quality based on the highest professional service goals and ethical business practices in the automotive recycling industry.

The Gold Seal Program sets up a quality assurance accreditation program for ARC Members that utilizes a series of standards, audits, and CSI requirements to help ensure high quality recycled parts are reliably provided to repairers, insurers, and the motoring public.

"This is an exciting step in the development for our Gold Seal program," says Chris Wright, ARA president. "The service and collision repair marketplace is advancing and becoming more complex with each passing day. Professional automotive recyclers participation in the Gold Seal program helps participants meet those developing challenges from customers in the market."

Modelled after the ARA's successful Gold Seal Program, ARC's business certification program will further channel the strength of the ARC recycler network and assist in addressing the unique characteristics present in the Canadian market.

"We are pleased to be the first international association to support ARA's efforts to enhance the auto recycling industry on a global scale. Adding on to the existing Gold Seal model has meant a smooth transition for our Members," says Steve Fletcher, ARC's Managing Director.

For more information on ARA's Gold Seal Program, contact Ginny Whelan at vwhelan@a-r-a.org or (609) 451-0760.


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