How to Become an Auto Recovery Agent

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Auto recovery agents, sometimes known as repo men, work as debt collectors in the auto industry. They take possession of cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles. Their clients include used car lots, car dealerships, banks and car rental agencies. Auto recovery agents need detective skills to track down vehicles, negotiation and patience to peacefully recover the vehicle and locksmith skills to take vehicles when no one is around.

  • Check your state's requirements for auto recovery using the state directory at Quick Repo (see Resources). Some states have greater requirements than others for those who want to become recovery agents. Take any steps necessary to meet those requirements, such as filling out an application form and sending photographs or supporting documents.

  • Locate repossession agencies in your area using the directory at Repoman.com (see Resources). Approach these agencies and ask for a job. If you're lucky, they'll allow you to come on-board and then train you in repossession techniques.

  • Ask to shadow a repo agent or intern with the repo agency if they don't offer you a job. You may do a lot of paperwork and track down titles and other documents from the court. While doing this, you'll learn the techniques for dealing with clients and getting ready to perform a repossession. In time, you can go out on the streets.

  • Take an online repossession class from Recovery Agent School (see Resources). This online class will discuss skills and techniques and laws surrounding the repossession industry. It will get you ready to begin a repo man career.

  • Approach the types of business that hire repossession agents to get clients. Contact banks, car companies, car dealerships and loan companies offering your services as an auto repossession agent. Once a company has a good experience with you, they'll be more likely to hire you again.

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