New Team Member: Avery Hodge

Original One Parts would like to announce and welcome Avery Hodge to the team as the Regional Account Manager for Georgia and the surrounding areas.

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Avery entered the Automotive Industry with Penske Automotive Group in Florida, where he helped to pilot a new customer service program for their multiple dealerships’ service and sales departments. His career has since come to include time as an Auto Damage Appraiser for GEICO as well as experience managing a wide variety of Direct Repair Programs for Collision Repair MSO’s and their insurance partners. Avery brings a depth of understanding in Collision Center operational needs, as well as a thorough insight of the insurance auto claims process. Avery currently maintains his I-CAR Platinum status as well as his Florida 6-20 All-Lines Insurance License.

10 Steps to a Cleaner Car Interior.

1. Vacuum up the dust as you brush it off, so it doesn’t immediately settle somewhere else in the car.enhanced-buzz-20322-1436972138-7.jpg

2. Remove and replace your cabin’s air filter to get rid of stinky smells.

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3. Use a Magic Eraser to scrub gross sticky things off of vinyl and leather.

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4. If dirt has embedded itself in the textures of your vinyl, some detail scrubbing with a toothbrush may be necessary.

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5. Use olive oil to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard.

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6. Banish animal hair from your upholstery with a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.

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7. Use paper and an iron to remove melted wax (like crayons) from your upholstery.

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8. Shampoo the seats in your car with diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths.

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9. Spray your dirty floor mats with stain remover and throw them in the washing machine.

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10. When everything’s fresh and clean, keep it smelling that way with a baking soda air freshener. *For extra freshness place dryer sheets in the vents for a full day!

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O1 Lunch + Learn Series

We are so excited about our parts process, that we want to share the experience with YOU! That’s right, Original One Parts is opening up our doors to host a series of Lunch + Learn events at our headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

What to Expect?
Nothing formal, as simple as showing up, getting a brief tour and even better…FREE lunch. We will have 20 minute intervals of tours between 11am – 2pm to give each tour group the opportunity to have questions answered along the way. The tour will give you a first hand look at how we harvest a non-certified salvage part and meticulously test and certify every aspect of form fit and function of a like-new OEM part.
certificationprocessBefore or after your tour we will have free lunch available in our lounge. We will have our Collision Consultants available to field any of your questions or concerns.

How Can I Sign Up?
Space will not be limited, however by RSVP’ing we will place your name in a raffle and all attendees who pre-register will get a bonus raffle ticket for double the chance to win! Sign up today!

I’m Interested but I Can’t Commit to the Dates Specified…
Not available during our offered dates? Not a problem, if you’d like to bring your team and schedule a completely private on-site luncheon with us we are happy to cater to your business needs. To schedule a private meeting with Original One simply fill out this form and a representative will be in touch so coordinate schedules.

How Can I See Original One Parts if I’m Not Local to the Midwest?
Not available to travel to us? How about this, we’ll come to you! That’s right, we are hitting the road as part of our 2018 commitment to better serve you! Fill out this form and a representative will be in contact to notify you when we are going to be in your area!

We look forward to meeting you and your team in 2018!

We’re Hitting the Road!

What better way to kick off a new year than to meet our customers first hand! That’s right, we are taking Original One Parts on the road! Join us as we travel throughout the map in a city near you! We will also be offering private meetings for those who cannot attend but are interested in having us to their location.*

Local to the midwest region? Great, sign up today to schedule a tour of our facility!

About the Lunch + Learn Series
We will offer FREE LUNCH in return for a brief overview of our company and our 100% OE Certified Parts. We will have parts available on-site to view first hand the Original One Parts Advantage.
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Why Pre-Register?
Every attendee who pre-registers for the event will not only qualify for a raffle ticket, but they will get a BONUS raffle ticket for one of our many give aways during the event.  So sign up today!

For questions please call 877-441-0001 or email info@originaloneparts.com – we look forward to hearing from you! Click here to register for a Lunch + Learn or private meeting!
*Private Meeting spots are limited due to time and travel.

5 Stress-Relievers

It’s that time of year, holiday gatherings, end of year inventory and …STRESS! You’re probably working excessive hours, often through the weekends, and no matter how many tasks you manage to fit in a day, there always seem to be more around the corner. Don’t forget to take some time to de-stress yo’self with these quick tips!

1. Start (or end) the day with exercise. According to the American Heart Association, physical activity is a manageable way to relieve both physical and mental stress. Exercise improves blood circulation, releases endorphins, and gives you more energy throughout the day. Not big on working out? No sweat, literally! Just 20 minutes a day of movement can help give you more energy and rid yourself of stress accumulated throughout a workday.

2. Drink green tea. Before you pour yourself a mug of coffee in the morning, consider green tea as an option. Green tea has been shown to have powerful anti-anxiety effects. It can help you to relax in stressful situations while still providing enough caffeine to get your morning started. Because green tea is a milder caffeinated beverage, it rarely has the same “jittery” aftereffects that coffee may produce, plus, you’ll get the health benefits of its high antioxidant content as well.

3. Stretch and break away from the screen. For just a few minutes every hour, stretching and stepping away from the screen can work wonders for the brain and body. Use physical stretching as a break from your daily tasks, heading to the lunch room to refill your water – great, maybe take the long route for some extra steps. This will force you to give yourself breaks throughout the day, reduce the eye strain from your digital screen, help you relax and improve your blood circulation — all at the same time.

4. Reduce your commitments. How many times have you looked at your overbooked schedule and felt a small episode of panic? To reduce the stress, cut down the number of commitments you accept. If this sounds impossible to you, try making it a daily habit, and you’ll see how easy it can become. Each day, find at least one meeting that can be eliminated (and replaced by an email, or similarly concise form of communication), and find at least one task that can be delegated or postponed indefinitely. You’ll have a more flexible schedule in no time.

5. Surround yourself with positivity. Your work environment can have a major effect on your stress level. Environmental changes such as a de-cluttered workstation and music can make you feel more at home. Aromatherapy has consistently been found to reduce stress, and there are multiple scents that work, including lavender.

10 Steps to a Greener Car

Is your car new, old, big, small – regardless of size or By following a few simple preventive maintenance steps, you can help protect the environment by improving gas mileage, which in turn saves money at the pump.

1. Keep your car properly tuned for optimum performance- A properly maintained vehicle can improve its efficiency, reduce emissions and save you money.

2. Drive Smart – How you drive has a lot to do with fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Drive wisely and minimize unnecessary miles by consolidating errands, getting good directions and avoiding excessive idling.

3. Lighten the Load – Get the junk out of the trunk! With the exception of emergency items, of course! Extra items weigh the vehicle down and cause an increase in gas usage.

4. Regularly check and replace dirty air filters- Replacing a clogged air filter will improve your car’s performance and acceleration, but not miles per gallon. The air filter should be inspected at each oil change, and replaced annually or when restricted, torn, water or oil-soaked.

5. Have spark plugs checked and replaced if necessary- A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in heat, electrical and chemical erosion and waste of fuel.

6. Maintain the cooling system- A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold will lower the fuel efficiency of a car by as much as one or two mpg.

7. Tire Checks – Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon. Tire pressure should be checked monthly, including the spare. Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual or on the car door sidewall.

8. Gas Caps  – Don’t waste your gas money! Check your vehicle’s gas cap. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap allows gas to escape from your tank as a vapor, wasting fuel and increasing vehicle emissions.

9. Fill-Ups- Pump, don’t dump! When filling up your car, remember to stop when the nozzle shuts off! Topping off the gas tank can release harmful vapors into the environment and waste money.

10. Emission systems – Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions, and keeping it in proper working condition can save money and protect the environment. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage by 40%!

Winter is Coming…

Snowball fights, hot cocoa and holiday cheer – what’s not to love about this time of year?!

You guessed it, driving. A vehicle that is properly prepared for severe weather conditions this winter can help to avoid an unplanned road emergency. Driving in snow, especially in heavy snowfall or a blizzard takes patience and preparation. See our tips below to help you prepare this season!

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6 Tips for a Safer Road this Winter:

  1. Battery – Cold weather can take a toll on batteries. It’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to have these checked up during routine oil changes, or visits to the repair shop of choice.
  2. Antifreeze – Antifreeze (coolant) should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles. As a reminder, do not add 100 percent antifreeze as full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.
  3. Brakes – Have the brake system checked. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
  4. Tires – During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop. Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads.
  5. Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Consider changing to low-viscosity oil in winter, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. In sub-zero driving temperatures, drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
  6. Lights & Wipers – Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield.
*Credit Source: The Car Care Council

Original One Parts Appoints New Vice President of Business Development

St. Louis, MO – Original One Parts (http://www.originaloneparts.com) announces that Brian Driehorst has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development to help service their growing portfolio of partners within the insurance and body shop industry.

Driehorst comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent the last 4 years managing total loss salvage recovery on a global scale at AIG Property and Casualty insurance company. His work at AIG encompassed many different lines of business in the USA, Europe, South America and Asia. Prior that, he spent 9 years in a variety of roles at QCSA Holdings, inc., a salvage auction company which was acquired by Copart in 2013.

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Original One Parts CEO Wade Hilburn said, “Brian’s experience with the insurance carriers will be a huge benefit to Original One Parts. It’s with merging of backgrounds that we are able to accomplish our mission of bringing a consistent buying experience to the body shop industry.”

We Are Original One Parts.

Knowing the Difference
OEM –
Original Equipment Manufacturer
Aftermarket – Any part for a vehicle that is not sourced from the car’s maker. If the parts are direct replacement parts, they will not void your car’s warranty.

Striking the Balance Between Cost + Quality

All aftermarket parts are not created equal – but all OEM parts are. At Original One Parts we guarantee the parts you receive are genuine and certified to original OE specs for the perfect fit, and the right performance, every time.

Engineered for your car. Certified for your piece of mind.

  • All parts made by original manufacturer – no substitutions.
  • All parts meet function, form, fit, and finish of a new OE part.
  • Always competitively priced below OE new.
  • All parts ship in labeled box with protective packaging.
  • 24-Hour delivery option + Lifetime Warranty.

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