Copart, Tips & Inspiration

Technology is Your Friend

Willis Johnson recounts the early beginnings of Copart. This is a story he shared in his book Junk to Gold. With all the inventory that was going in and out after the success of buying more cars from Bob’s Towing Service, we needed a more efficient way to track it. At the time, most people […]

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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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Copart, Tips & Inspiration

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

“Embrace Adventure and Learn from Second Chances.”

Excerpts from Founder Willis Johnson’s book Junk to Gold that highlight Copart’s Mission, Vision and Values. As a child Johnson developed a sense of adventure after moving to Northern California. He often explored and ventured out with his friends on the weekends and during the summer. Johnson writes that after a scare from being a little […]

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