Back in 1998, the world saw a fragmented recycled parts industry. Our founders, however, saw an opportunity — To provide quality, high-value alternatives for the automotive replacement parts marketplace.
Since then, LKQ has not stopped driving forward, with a commitment to continuous improvement, finding creative solutions, and adapting to the ever-changing competitive landscape.
A Vision for the Future
LKQ Corporation is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of OE recycled and aftermarket parts, replacement systems, components, equipment, and services to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.
Our Company History
LKQ was initially formed in 1998 through the combination of a number of wholesale recycled products businesses located in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. We subsequently expanded globally through internal development and approximately 270 acquisitions of aftermarket, recycled, refurbished, and remanufactured product suppliers and manufacturers, self-service retail businesses, and specialty vehicle aftermarket equipment and accessories suppliers.
featured on Earth
with John Holden
This series showcases companies that are helping to preserve our planet through eco-friendly initiatives and innovative technologies and solutions.
Viewers will get an inside look into our facility in Casa Grande, Arizona and have the chance to hear first-hand about how LKQ participates in the circular economy from Nick Zarcone, LKQ’s CEO; Justin Jude, North American President; Sandy Pierantoni, Director, ESG Strategy & Initiatives; and Aaron Smith, Casa Grande Plant Manager. There will even be a guest appearance from the Mayor of Casa Grande.
The Energy Behind LKQ
The heart and soul of LKQ is our people. LKQ is now over 51,000 employees strong worldwide, and with over 1,700 locations in 31 countries. Our focus is simple — To provide the best customer service experience possible. It is our entrepreneurial spirit that drives everything we do.
Global Operations and Brands
LKQ Corporation is the leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.
LKQ North America
Our North America segment is comprised of wholesale operations, which consists of aftermarket and recycled parts operations, self service retail operations, and heavy truck operations. LKQ also recently entered the vehicle diagnostic services business with our acquisition of Elite Electronics in 2019.
We are the largest provider of alternative vehicle collision replacement products and a leading provider of alternative vehicle mechanical replacement products, with our sales, processing, and distribution facilities reaching most major markets in North America.
Our Specialty operating segment was formed in 2014 with our acquisition of Keystone Specialty, a leading distributor and marketer of specialty vehicle aftermarket products and accessories in North America. Our Specialty operations reach most major markets in the U.S. and Canada and serve the following six product segments: RV; truck and off-road; towing; speed and performance; wheels, tires and performance handling; and miscellaneous accessories.
Our Europe segment was built on four key acquisitions: Euro Car Parts (ECP) (2011), Sator (2013), Rhiag (2016) and Stahlgruber (2018). Additionally, in 2014 we expanded our European segment to include wholesale recycling operations through our acquisition of a business with salvage and vehicle repair facilities in Sweden and Norway, and in 2016, we acquired an equity investment in Mekonomen AB (“Mekonomen”), the leading independent car parts and service chain in the Nordic region of Europe.
LKQ Corporation strives to be a responsible corporate citizen with respect to environmental, social and governance matters.
We take pride in being the largest recycler in the automotive industry.