This is an article that was written about us by a local small online news site. We thought it might be right for our customers to see what is being said about Houston Junk Car Buyer.
Houston Junk Car Buyer has been in the business of recycling junk vehicles since 1988. They have been a stable figure in the junk car industry in the Houston area from day one. The owners of Houston Junk Car have always prided themselves on offering the best possible service possible.
“From day one, things have always been different for us. We have tried to think out of the box and not market our company in traditional manners. Our primary goal is to keep the seller in mind and make sure we can pay the most for their vehicle.” This was a statement made to us by one of the owners, John.
We came across this company when we were looking for a company to purchase a wrecked vehicle from us; they went out of their way to make sure that we were happy and satisfied with their service. What surprised us was three days after they purchased our junk vehicle, they called us to rate their service. A phone room or outside company didn’t contact us; the owners called us to make sure we were happy and make sure we understood the process.
These are the things you expect out of a large company and not a small family-owned local company. I started asking questions and found out a lot about the enterprise. They informed us that their best advertisement is by word of mouth. It meant more to them to have a personal recommendation than to get calls from television or newspaper ads.
We asked John if he minded if we sat down and interviewed him, and his reply was, “Sure, come over for lunch” An appointment was made for the following Tuesday.
Showed up at their vehicle junkyard office. Drove in, and the first thing I noticed was the smell of BBQ. Then, John walked out of the office. He walked out and greeted me, then invited me in.
Upon entering the office, I immediately noticed a family atmosphere. There were four people in the room area, all laughing and having fun. About five minutes later, John’s wife walked in and greeted me with a Texas hug.
John went straight to business and said: “Let’s do this so we can have a healthy lunch.”
Below are the interview questions I asked:
- What made you get into the Salvage vehicle or junk car industry? I was young and saw a lot of old cars near our home. We had one in our yard. The school I went to had a program where we would bring in our old newspapers to earn money and feed off that idea. I figured if the paper could be recycled, then so could these old junk vehicles.
- You being so young at the time, how did you manage to get the capital up to open your company?
- I started to do odd jobs around, like cutting grass and collecting scrap metals, and beginning a long and very beneficial career.
- Do you ever see yourself changing careers?
- God no! I love what I do. We purchase something from somebody that they would typically let sit in their driveway and let it rust and leak its fluids into the ground or street. Something at the end of its life and recycle it into new beneficial materials.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
- I would say the fact that I am helping my community. By purchasing these old vehicles, we are not only contributing to cleaning up the city, but we are also helping families by giving them money in return. At times the city or apartment complexes come in and tow off these vehicles as abandoned or using a town ordinance. Instead, we pay them for the car and tow it for free. This way, the families or individuals don’t get fines or nasty letters in the mail.
- Where do you see Houston Junk Car twenty (20) years from now?
- It would be nice to see my children working in the business. My three girls are not interested in junk cars, but my son is very interested in the firm. I do want all of my kids to receive a college education; this is imperative. I would like to see the business carry on in the family. My wife and I have devoted our whole adult life to this company, and it would be great to pass it on to our kids — a legacy sort of speaks.
After this, we ended our interview. I was walking around the office and looking at the pictures on the walls; I noticed a lot of photos of the family in the community. One image that caught my attention was one of the family passing out cases of water. I asked what the photo was of, and John told me, “It’s not anything; it’s a picture of us passing out water to the families after Katrina in Louisiana. But let’s not write that in your article. We do things like that because it makes us feel good for being able to help others.” There were several other images there. A lot of them were the family helping and working on a project in the community.
In closing, I will say this company is an example of a small business that gives back to the community. Houston Junk Car is an asset to all of us here in the Houston metropolitan area.