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Starting an Auto Repossession Business: The Basics

written by: WyntoNcReative•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 9/20/2010

With unemployment rates steadily climbing and foreclosures happening every 13 seconds, there isn't a better time to start an auto repossession business. As you read every word of this article you will discover the basics.

  • slide 1 of 1, traffic warning sign 4, Hisks An auto repossession business is simple to begin, but you do need to follow the proper steps for licenses and zoning laws within your state and city. These basics can help you get organized and ready to begin a business easily. These steps are the simplest way to figure out how to start an auto repossession business of your own.

    Getting Started

    Learning how to start an auto repossession business requires a bit of research. There are different laws for repossessing items in each state, and the laws may differ in some cities and counties within the same state. As a professional in this business, you need to know all of the laws that are relevant to your business.

    For example, if you are going to be repossessing cars, you need to know what paperwork to bring with you during the repossession as well as the laws that apply during the specific situation. Make sure that you also keep your research current by checking laws regularly.

    You will also need to determine how you want to run your business and your rates. If you plan on having a local office, you need to have all of your business licenses in place before opening shop.

    Your rates are an important part of your business, as well. When you are learning how to start an auto repossession business, your rates will need to be competitive enough to establish you as a reputable repossession expert, but affordable enough to bring in lots of customers.

    What’s Repossession About?

    If you think that learning how to start an auto repossession business is simple, you may be surprised once you actually begin the job. For instance, some people may not be at home and others may have moved since buying the car.

    Additionally, you may find that some buyers aren’t in the state anymore and the car dealer won’t pay the massive expenses that are incurred when repossessing cars that have crossed state lines. There are many variables in the repossession business, and many people just aren’t able to take cars because the buyer can’t pay.

    You will also need to spread the word about your business among people who need your services. Financial institutions, such as banks, car dealerships, and other businesses will be interested in your services. You can market to these companies specifically by visiting in person or calling the accounting department to introduce yourself and your business.

    Learning how to start an auto repossession business successfully depends on getting customers who need the services that you offer, so spend some time getting to know those in your community who may hire you.


    Insurance is vital when you need to know how to start an auto repossession business. Not everyone whom you repossess a car from is going to be amicable, and some people might be aggressive toward you and your tow truck. Get excellent insurance for all of your business supplies, including your trucks, if you want to enter this dynamic business.

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