Automotive Recycler's Association - Damage Locator

The damage locator created by the Automotive Recycler’s Association is a handy guide that informs used car part buyers about existing damage on a specific part. As you can see in the chart below, each car part is assigned a set of numbers. These numbers represent the different areas of the car part. The ARA Damage Locator is intuitive and helps the entire used parts body market, including daily drivers and insurance adjustors.

The way it works is simple. For instance, if you’re looking for a front grill, the ARA code may be 7R1. This means that there’s surface rust on the center of the grill and that it probably requires 1 hour of shop time to fix.

  • 7 = area of car part
  • R = type of damage
  • 1 = estimated shop hours to fix affected area

Even after fixing the affected area (if you choose to), buying recycled auto parts using A&P’s used car parts search tool is ALWAYS cheaper than buying new car parts. For your convenience, we implement ARA damage codes throughout our entire online inventory.

If you need help deciphering the ARA Damage Locator sheet below, our sales team is happy to assist you. Either contact us online or call 800-962-7222.

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