Though it is a dangerous job no matter where the work is being performed, being a repossession agent in Utah requires training to prepare for the unexpected. One of the most valuable assets in looking to start a career in the repossession industry is to talk to a seasoned professional. Veteran repo agents can guide a newcomer down the right path and explain the fastrest way to get started.
Things You'll Need
- Tow truck
Get tested and certified. According to the Utah Department of Transportation, all tow truck drivers must be certified under the guidelines of the National Drivers Certification Procedure. Through this certification process, drivers can specialize in one of three focuses. One program is the Towing and Recovery Association of American testing program. Another is the Wreckmaster Certification Program. Finally, there is the AAA Certification Program..
Make a decision. It's important to know whether you will find it more lucrative to work as an independent contractor or for a licensed repossession company. As an independent contractor, you will be required to pay for your gas, insurance and tow truck maintenance, but you are not splitting your profits with an employer. In addition, you will be required to pay for the certifications and licensing for the tow truck.
If you work for a company, they cover your expenses, but take a large cut of the money paid for the repossession. They, however, maintain the licensing and certification of their vehicles.
Be prepared. Conflict will most certainly arise when you show up to take possession of a person's property. Keep a cool head. The state of Utah demands repossessions be peaceful exchanges.
Tips & Warnings
- Research and knowledge are the best tools in starting any career. Meeting with a veteran in the industry can not only help in guiding toward the completion of the certifications, but can also lead to the possibility of a job reference.
- Don't go into the position unprepared. The job of a repossession agent is stressful. Oftentimes, you are working on call and wind up driving to someone's address to take their property at all hours of the night.
- Photo Credit towing truck image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com
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