Upcoming Events



Friday, January 22, 2016 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Denver, CO

If you are planning to get into Denver the day before the CAR Annual Meeting, plan on spending some time with your fellow members for a cocktail and some networking.

Information on where we will be meeting will be announced soon.


CAR Legislative News

Big ticket items for legislative session continue to be budget and state investment in business and infrastructure. General Assembly is now working on Long Bill or annual budget bill. While the state has over 500 million in new revenues, it now appears that there will be fight as General Assembly finds itself in a Tabor Refund situation. With Tabor and expansion of state programs, education and Medicare, there is little left of the 500 million.

For CAR members, there continues to be couple of bills of interest:

HB-1206: Recycling Tax Credits- this is aimed at equipment tax credits for waste recyclers. We are watching the bill as we may want to request a tax credit next year for motor vehicle and metal recycling as well. The bill is now awaiting appropriations committee to see if there is money to fund the effort. If this bill passes, it opens the way for a potential effort for our recyclers to gain a tax credit next year.
Late Bill: Delivery of Motor Vehicle Title in 30 Days. Used Motor Vehicle Dealers are running a late bill to address the delivery of a title in 30 days and asking for some revisions due to parties holding up the process. We just received the bill today and will forward to CAR Board for review and comment. The Used Dealers have asked for a CAR review and possible support position. This will have to one of those review and comment on-line issues as we are now into the last 30 days of the session.

Business Bills: The Regulatory Reform Act HB-1065 and SB-180, the Civil Rights Penalties Fix bill SB-069 have all been killed in the House. There appears to be little support in the House to reform the regulatory process for small businesses this year.

Spring has sprung. The end of the legislative session is quickly approaching and there will be some major late bills offered in the next few weeks. If any impact CAR we will be in touch ASAP.

RJ Hicks- Hicks & Associates



CAR Member Profile

We want you to get to know us better. We will be featuring a member; their history in the industry and their view of the future.

In this issue we will be interviewing Rich Murr of A-1 Auto and Truck Recycling in Penrose, CO.

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Q: How did you become involved in the recycling industry?

It was 1987 and I was a general contractor, construction came to a stop so it was either move or change occupations. I had an opportunity to be a partner in A-1 Auto recyclers in Colorado Springs which I ran until 2000 when we sold that business. I found that I truly enjoy this industry especially the interaction with my customers and the feeling that you helping them solve a problem.

What service does the auto recycling industry provide to the community?

We are a valuable industry in the conscientious and responsible disposal of wrecked and unwanted vehicles. Allowing affordable parts alternatives to our customers. I am finding ever increasingly that the manufacturers are not supporting their cars with parts. Parts on many 10 year old vehicles far obsolete with the consumer only alternative being used.

What do you see in the future for recycling?

That’s a good question. This industry is constantly changes, an item that is big business today we can’t give away tomorrow, but we as an industry are survivors and as we lose a piece of the market we find another to replace it. I believe electronics in general are a category that we need to take seriously and keep abreast of obsolete parts so that we know their real value. We all learn everyday of items that are in demand and worth more than we realized. It would be great if we as an industry could share that information. (The news hotline maybe?