About Us

About Us

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry. Founded in 1943, ARA represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.

ARA’s mission is to advance the automotive recycling industry and promote its beneficial effects on society.  ARA aims to further the automotive recycling industry and ARA member businesses through services and programs to increase public awareness of the industry’s role in conserving the future through automotive recycling and to build awareness of the industry’s value as a high quality, low cost alternative for the automotive consumer.  ARA provides safety, educational, advocacy, networking, business, market intelligence and technical resources to serve the collective interests of our members.

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Affiliate Chapters

The many affiliated chapter organizations of ARA are a vital part of the Association. ARA affiliated chapters represent professional automotive recyclers in the United States and around the world.  To see a complete list of ARA’s Affiliated Chapters, please visit the Affiliated Chapter page available on the left-hand sidebar menu.


The committees of the Automotive Recyclers Association are comprised of volunteer leaders who act to further the objections outlined in the Association’s Strategic Plan and provide input and guidance to the Board of Directors and staff. For more information on ARA’s committees, please visit the Committee page available on the left-hand sidebar menu.

Educational Foundation

The ARA Educational Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose purpose is to provide high quality training and education to the professional automotive recycling industry. The Foundation researches, collects, and develops training materials that are designed not only for the upcoming workforce, but also to keep automotive recyclers educated in the most current technology and informed of improved methods of better business practices.  In 2006 the ARA Education Foundation established the ARA University to meet the need for training that would help automotive recyclers succeed.  For more information on the ARA University, please click on the Programs tab or visit the eLearning Center at ARAUniversity.org