Regina, Saskatchewan — Last weekend at the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairer’s (SAAR) Spring Conference, Tom Julius, director of business development for Car-Part.com delivered a presentation highlighting how Car-Part’s Interchange Plus (CPI+) program has helped drive used parts usage in Saskatchewan.
According to the presentation, used parts usage in Saskatchewan has jumped from four percent to more than 10 percent since the launch of CPI+ program in Jan. 2019.
From the start of January 2020 and through to Mar. 11, Julius said 150 shops across the Priarie province have been installed with CPI+ Pro as an alternate part sourcing solution. So far, 100 of the shops have been trained.
He provided a demonstration of the program during the SAAR presentation, using a 2014 Ford F-150—the most popular vehicle searched on Car-Part.com—as an example. According to Julius, CPI+ has 40 percent more parts with interchange than the industry standard. While 160 parts have Hollander Interchange along with CPI+, 46 parts (29 percent of the results) conjured by the search offered exclusive CPI+.
Julius also mentioned to SAAR attendees that, in CPI+’s first year of operation, the results have been stellar.
“In 2019, we launched CPI+ and, in its first year of operation, the marketplace quoted more than $250 million (CAD) of stock CPI+ parts,” the company told Collision Repair in February.
The company was driven to create CPI+ after recognizing that many of the parts buyers were searching for were lacking interchange. The program is available to insurers and shops and it allows buyers to source more than 100 different alternative and recycled car parts, including engine, interior and body components.
There are three categories covered by the program: full CPI+ with covered provided by Car-Part; additional CPI+ coverage by Hollander for a certain year range, while CPI+ fills in coverage outside of that year range; and supplemental, which offers parts to specific manufacturers no longer covered by Hollander, such as Mitsubishis newer than 2009 and Mazdas newer than 2015.