It was a few months after I began my new career learning with the large repossession company doing mostly yachts and a few planes here and there. While that was a good job for most people to do only, I had come from a career that became destroyed while I was making a very good living. The one new repo career that I entered was simply not enough to cover my horrendous bills that I accumulated while making well into the 6 figures.
I had no choice but to go ahead and start doing auto repossessions at night. They were all skips as that was how I made my deal to get the jobs to begin with. I went to the dealers who did not know me and I told them, I know you have in house repossession guys as I can see the truck from here. I also know there is no way these guys can find all the skips. I assured them i could and that they had nothing to lose. If I did not get the car there was no pay. Bottom line for me it was easy to get the accounts on a contingent basis. They gave it it a shot and the way I really started rolling was when they came in the morning to see all of their cars were already inside the gate.
Relentless Pursuit in the Dark
I was relentless, I didn’t have time to perform skip trace like I did with the higher end day job cases. What I did was take the orders out and not come back until I picked them all up and amazingly enough this worked. I was persistent enough to make it work and the trainee assistants I took with me were also amazed at how each and every vehicle was not at the given address but within 2 or 3 hours we would be driving it back to the dealership. Another thing was that I could not use the tools that I had at my day job so I had really no choice but to do skip trace the old fashioned way and while out, believe me it works. Make contact with people at the given addresses, call numbers on the order, let them know how you need to find so and so and continue the relentless pursuit and watch, soon enough it will happen.
Keep in mind these buy here pay here lots in Florida are typically in the lower end areas. They were not nearly as easy as an order from Bank of America or Suntrust. These were true skips way beyond the past due dates, that were openly being hunted by there in house day guys.
Adrenaline Rush Repoing Cars
Never a dull evening, whether getting tailed by someone that was hiding the vehicle, to calling in the repo and the cops say to wait right where you as the VIN is not showing up. You must call in each and every repossession right away in the state of Florida so be damned sure you correctly VIN it out. No matter what we did, at 2am there is always actions that makes the adrenaline flow. Being a Repossession man is not for the weak at heart. It is also not for the fighter tough guy. This job requires allot more then fight skills and good stomach.
Sometimes a case would come around where we had to drive to farm areas. One in particular I will always remember even though I have done hundreds like that. We had to drive what seemed like an hour through the Orange groves on a small 1 lane dirt road path with extreme fog around us. I was thinking how can we not get shot in this area? Showing up at some secluded farm house at 3 or 4am in the fog.
Constant racial slurs happening and Florida law states cannot carry a gun. While all this adrenaline going on, no weapons for protection allowed. This could be why so many repo guys get shot and killed. Render us helpless while the bad guy has a gun.
When you start repossessing cars, it is likely an experience you will never forget. If you are good, it is also a good paying experience.