The Tonkin Parts Center, part of the Ron Tonkin dealer group in Portland, OR, handles wholesale parts operations for the 15+ lines of cars sold by the Tonkin group, including Honda and Acura. The center consists of 125,000 square feet carrying $13 million to $15 million in inventory. American Honda chose the Tonkin Parts Center as one of three pilot dealers for the program.
Keith Burtram, senior manager for the center, said, “Honda is one of our fastest-growing lines, and we always take advantage of American Honda’s programs. The Collision Select program from 2009 was alright but not very efficient, so we used it very little. Plus, to make the program work, we had to ask our shops to check the competitors first, then come back to us. The entire transaction was done after the estimate was written and many decisions had been made. Using CCC One and Honda’s new “Collision Parts Promote” program, everything is more efficient for us and the shop. There is no re-keying on our side or the shop side. That saves a shop hours and money. The best part is the shops are using a tool (CCC One) that they are already familiar with, so the learning curve is real short. We have already seen an increase in Honda and Acura parts sales with this program and CCC One.”
Jim Kinsherf, vice president of OEM Business Development for CCC, said, “This parts acquisition model started as ‘True Parts’ around 2014 and has morphed into the CCC Parts Network. We are happy to help enable Honda’s Collision Parts Promote and other OEM programs on our platform. ”
When asked about the future of the CCC Parts Network and programs such as Honda’s, Kinsherf said, “This technology is very robust and presents many possibilities. A program using a promotional price like Honda’s could be applied geographically, by state for example. Or it could be applied by model year, based on a vehicle’s VIN number. For example, let’s say the same part number bumper cover fits four model years. Ordering that bumper cover for the latest model car may receive a promotional price that is different than a four-year-old vehicle. There are a wide range of possibilities.”
Leigh Guarnieri, manager for American Honda’s Collision Group, said, “Due to the complexity of running two programs, we will be sun-setting the Collision Select program, started in July 2009, at the end of 2018. This will leave only the ‘Collision Parts Promote’ program … which is a win-win for everyone. It sets a new standard for the industry.”