Welcome to CARS
Concerned Auto Recyclers of Wisconsin is our state association for professionals in the automotive recycling industry. It is the only state association specifically designed to increase the efficiency and profitability of business in the automotive dismantling and recycling industry, while continuing to preserve and protect our environment.
To learn more about CARS or to become a member click here.
Why You Should Join the
Wisconsin Certified Automotive
Recycler Program (WICAR)
These are challenging times. Sales are suffering but payroll increases. The cost of salvage
rises while scrap prices remain low. The salvage pool is shrinking. You’re fighting
with larger competitors with deeper pockets than you, with illegal unlicensed
operators, and with Craig’s List and eBay for fewer customers still hurting from the
recession. You need to figure out how best to comply with NMVTIS, the ELVS
mercury removal program, a new storm water permit, possible new airbag removal
requirements, and a growing mix of OSHA and DNR regulations.
CARS of WI membership offers a variety of benefits that provide real value to
members. One of the more useful programs that can help you raise your performance
and improve your competitiveness – and deal with many of your business
challenges -- is the Wisconsin Certified Automotive Recycler (WICAR) program.
WICAR members agree to meet a series of safety, environmental, and regulatory
standards. They receive important information and professional assistance to help
meet the standards. Each WICAR member receives an annual on site audit to verify
compliance, and members then become recognized as WICAR certified recyclers.
From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.
The election is over and we
have a new President. I have good
wishes for the economy. Hopefully the
price of scrap will go up. It has been
a long time of low prices and stagnant
The annual meeting was enjoyable for
everyone that attended. Dan Donegan
from Motor Service & Machine gave
a very good and informative seminar.
We were asked to bring him back so he
will be at the Upper Midwest Convention.
He will have more information
and new technology at that time. The
round table featured Mike Swift, the
ARA President. He gave us an update
on the problems that ARA is watching
and encouraged all of us to get involved.
This is our association and if
we let the governments make laws that
affect our businesses and we do nothing
we will all be out of business.
From the PAST President’s Desk
By Lor’ell Rademacher
Well…here we are! My last official howdy
to all of you and I would be lying if
I didn’t say it is just a little bittersweet.
It has been a wonderful and exciting
four years of service to our industry!
There were many new experiences and
challenges. I met tons of new people;
whether fellow recyclers, political representatives,
vendors, or other service
professionals, they were all incredibly
passionate and unbelievably knowledgeable
about our challenges. But the
best experience was being blessed to
work with a great board of directors
who; although extremely busy with
their own businesses, families, and lives,
still took the time to volunteer and be
as involved as they could in shaping our
association. Without the support and
cooperation of everyone, we would not
be able to achieve such awesome things
for CARS – for all of you, our fellow recyclers!
I cannot say thank you enough. read more.