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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-09-2007, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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"Can we borrow your spare"?

I live in an apartment complex, but there are garages here. I am one of the people that has a garage. So naturally, I was doing a brake job on the Concorde last Saturday and some folks in a Jaguar pulled up. They got out, and asked me what year my car was. I told them '98.

They asked me what kind of car it was, and I told them it was a Concorde. The man in the Jaguar says, "Damn." I ask why.

He says that they (meaning him, his wife, and two other guys with them) were repossessors. They were trying to repossess a Trep that belonged to one of my neighbors. They found the Trep in a town thats about 20 minutes from here, but realized it had a flat. They said that they came back to the apartment complex, hoping that maybe the man had changed his tire to come back home. No such luck for them, though...

Now I didn't know this neighbor of mine at all. And now I'm glad that I didn't. They said they were repossessing the car because the man was in jail.

So, I told them, "No problem. The spare from my Concorde will fit that Intrepid -- they are basically the same car. That's why you thought I drove an intrepid when you pulled up here." I told them that I would swap my spare for theirs. Once they were done, I'd swap spares back. I got a copy of their business card, and off they went.

Tuesday (a few days after the incident) they called me, said that they repod the Trep, and were coming back over to give me back my spare. So, they give me back my spare, I give them back theirs, and the man says, "You seem pretty nice, and since were so quick-thinking, you seem smart too. We need someone to help us investigate and find these cars that we need to repo, and we'd like to hire you, on an on-call basis."

Now, what self-respecting man (taht isn't too busy) would ever turn down a job opportunity like that? Spending your Satudays/Sundays looking for peoples' cars to repo, and then getting paid by the hour? Puh-leez!

So, naturally I accepted their request. They bought me a fax machine, and said that whenever they need me to search out a car, they will call me, and then fax me photos/descriptions of the cars, as well as the addresses of the persons' relatives, friends, etc. to help me with my search.

Also provides me with even more chances to drive the Concorde. Always a plus.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-09-2007, 03:46 AM
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all i can say is be careful, lots of crazies out there.
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My uncle was a repo man. He has been shot at more then once. Which is somthing I wouldnt want. So please be careful and bring us some stories.

I hope that you are not alone in finding these cars. Also what is the pay for this?

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If you're just scoping out the repo target, the danger should be minimal. Just make sure they don't associate your Concorde with their car going missing.

It's the truck driver that needs the protection. If I was the repo man, I'd invest in some body armor..... seriously! A dash cam might be kinda cool too.
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I did that for a few years, adrenalin rush is awesome!
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What he said!

did a repo at the dealership i worked, at found the car at a bowling alley and used the spare keys to drive it home!

Funny he knew exactly who to call and where to bring the money to get his car back!
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Pay is $40 an hour, and it's rounded to the nearest hour...so if I do one hour and 5 minutes on a particular job, I get two hours pay.

I'm not doing the ACTUAL reposessing. As far as I know, you have to have special licensing, insurance, and training in order to do that here in the state of Florida.

All I am doing is scoping for them. If they need to repo a guys' car and can't find it, they send me out to check the girlfriends' house, Aunt Edna's house, Grandma Sue's house, local body shops, etc.
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I had a friend in the repo business once, he quit after nearly getting killed when he had to repo a guys truck, and on the way out, the guy decided to unload a 12 gauge shotgun at him.
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Pay is $40 an hour, and it's rounded to the nearest hour...so if I do one hour and 5 minutes on a particular job, I get two hours pay...
I think you mean rounded to the next hour instead of the nearest hour right?
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Yeah. Unfortunately, they told me that most of the searches will be less than an hour, so the "rounding up" deal won't occur too often. Still, not bad. Adds something to the otherwise absent "To do on Saturdays" list.
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Spotting pays well.

I drive the truck, though. Do the picking up after guys like you find the car. Works for me. I'd rather make money KNOWING the car is sitting there than drive around WISHING it was where it's supposed to be.

In fact, I'm on spotting schedule for 3 days this week. We have several small cars to cruise with. I hope to find a lot of cars. Then hop in the truck later in the week and pick some up.
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