Work has really slowed in this area and more importantly I've grown bored with the work itself.
I want to try something different and thought repo/abandon truck recovery may interest me; at least for a while anyway. I've read a few posts regarding truck recovery and many described it as dirty work; the condition of the truck interiors being in deplorable conditions making it a s*ck job. On the flip side, I've also read about companies flying or driving you around the country to pick up these abandon trucks; which sounds like something I may like.
I have automotive locksmithing experience and can pick truck ingnition locks easily (well most anyway), although I'm sure most of the time a spare key is provided.
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone knew the right direction to pursue this possibility? I sent out an email today to several major carriers, but haven't heard anything back; but again, I sent out the emails less then twelve hours ago, so thats not surprising.
Any info would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Any Advice on Where to Look For Repo/Abandon Truck Recovery Jobs
Repo and abandoned recovery are completely different animals. Repo is highly specialized, sometimes dangerous, and requires a lot of tricks-of-the-trade sort of information and skills. Hard to get into without connections and doing what amounts to an apprenticeship. Abandoned recovery isn't even a specialty that I know of. Most companies just deal with it in-house by sending a newbie out with a regular driver to be dropped off at the rig.
Finance companies that I know, use a private dick to locate the truck, then will have the marshall or sherrif come with an agent to pick up the truck. The agent is usually a local towing company.
Truckers having their rigs repoed have been all to commonly known to use a gun to protect it, hence the LEO.
Once the towing company has recovered the truck, they store it until it's disposed.
Maybe I fell victim to the Hollywood "glamorization" of the repo industry.....
Thank you for your responses! They were all very helpful and I appreciate your time. Thanks.