Copart, Tips & Inspiration

Make the Best of What You’ve Got

Willis Johnson learned many lessons throughout his life and while building his business. This is a lesson he shared in his book Junk to Gold. As sales and inventory grew, I needed a bigger building to display all the parts and to continue to grow.  I turned to the paper for a solution. I saw […]

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Copart, Tips & Inspiration

A Step in the Right Direction

Willis Johnson tells the story of the Mather location that began to evolve and become something more. Mather soon took off thanks in part to my younger brother Curtis’s sales skills and a lot of hard work.  As I was able to buy better cars, Mather was able to stock more and better parts, including […]

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Copart, Tips & Inspiration

A Walk With Dad

In honor of Father’s Day, here are excerpts from Junk to Gold about Willis Johnson’s father and some of the many memories he has of him.  The time I spent as a kid with my dad was much more of an education for me than what went on between school bells. When I was about […]

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A Little Inspiration from John Wayne

Willis Johnson tells the story of the first location that began the Copart history.  After signing the paperwork of our first location, it was time to get to work.  Curtis and I changed the name to Mather Auto Dismantlers after the nearby Air Force base.  It was truly a junkyard, at least at the beginning.  […]

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First Impressions Matter

Willis Johnson learned the value of first impressions when he was establishing a partnership with the owner of a cab fleet.  During the time that the owner was still trying to get to know Willis and his company, the owner decided to test the waters by starting off with making a small order.  Even though […]

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Copart, Tips & Inspiration

Sunday Reflection: Early Beginnings

Excerpts from Founder Willis Johnson’s book Junk to Gold.  Johnson describes Copart’s early beginnings with the first yard he purchased in Rancho Cordova. “I never stopped dreaming big and looking for something better. I wanted more for my family, and I knew the only way to do that was to put fate in my own […]

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