Q. What products or services do you offer?
A. Randy and Brittany Scherbenske: We sell quality used vehicle parts that we pull off of salvaged cars and trucks. There are more than 1,000 vehicles on our grounds. While they may be wrecked or have an engine problem, most of the parts are still good.
We buy junk vehicles, with prices starting at $150 per vehicle. We also sell some new parts and install new windshields.
Q. What is your specialty?
A. Used car parts for many makes and models. Some of the parts are hard to get from a regular parts store. If we don't have what a customer needs, we are usually able to locate parts from other recyclers. Most of our cars are from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. We don't have a lot of antique car parts available.
Q. What parts are people usually looking for?
A. The most common ones are front end parts, such as headlights and bumpers. Many accidents involve the front end of cars.
Q. How has the salvage business changed over the years?
A. It is not like the old days when customers wandered around the lot to find the cars and removed the parts themselves. Customers don't go out into our lot for insurance reasons. We will look up in our records whether we have the vehicle or not and then one of our guys will pull off the part for the customer.
Used part sales have really increased with economy the way it is now.
Q. How many employees do you have?
A. It is a family-owned business with four employees: Randy Scherbenske, owner, is joined by Brittany Scherbenske, his daughter; Cade Scherbenske, his son; and Jack Evelo, a cousin.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. The business has been very successful because of all the hard work that has been put into it. We are proud that we are able to sell used parts to our customers for less money than a new part.
Q. What makes your business unique?
A. Every day is different. We usually get about 100 telephone calls a day asking for a specific part. We also have walk-in traffic. We never know what kind of vehicle a person is going to bring in to sell.
Q. What advice would you give someone who wants to start a business?
A. Be ready to work hard and have lots of patience.
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