Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Program

Group picture of CAR Members attending the 2015 ARA Annual Convention & Expo in Charlotte, NC


For over 20 years, the CAR Program has provided professional automotive recyclers with a set of standards for general business practices, environmental and safety issues. The program is one of the cornerstones of ARA and industry partners recognize CAR members as market leaders, driving business to those facilities that value quality and safety enough to incorporate the CAR standards into their business.

“I became a CAR member to better market my company as an environmental leader in the industry,” says Dalbert Livingstone of Island Auto Supply in Prince Edward Island.

The CAR Program is more than just a certification program.  The CAR standards and Program Guide are tools that all automotive recyclers can use – not just those that are CAR certified – to improve and grow their business.  Have an area of your business that you want to improve or a process you want to make more efficient?  Consult the CAR Program Guide for changes you can incorporate into your business.

“The application is now more user-friendly than ever, following my auditor’s inspection sequence and assigning a point value for each CAR standard,” says one new CAR member. 

CAR Gold Seal Audit/Application 2019.dotx

CAR Program Guide for All Recyclers

Updated March, 2018: Cutting Torch Protocol

CAR Guide:  2018 Fluid Evacuation & Storage

CAR Guide:  2018 SAFETY

Haz Mat Shipping for CAR Certification 


(In addition to the list, ARA recognizes that others may meet the ARA professional auditor requirements.  If you would like to use another company that is not listed here, please contact ARA for an auditor application.)

CAR certified yards have access to ARA’s exclusive Green Recycled Parts marketing program to collectively promote the positive environmental impact of quality recycled automotive parts.  For more information on Green Recycled Parts, please visit www.greenrecycledparts.com.

Click here to find a CAR certified automotive recycling facility!


2016 CAR Member of the Year
Northlake Auto Recyclers, Hammond, Indiana


CAR Member of the Year recipient Marty Hollingshead (second from right), of Northlake Auto Recyclers, unveiled his enhanced CAR trophy design, with CAR Committee Chair Shannon Nordstrom (left) and Fran Reitman (right), and her sons Adam and Nick, who originally designed it in honor of late ARA Past President Randy Reitman.

The trophy is now displayed at American Auto Recycling, Gilbert AZ, the 2017 CAR Member of the Year.


2018 CAR Member of the Year:  Nordstrom Automotive, Inc.
Congratulations Shannon Nordstrom!