Tomas – owner
My passion for BMW’s began at 13, when dad brought home a discolored green, beat-up 1981 320i. In his opinion, BMW’s were the best because the Germans built them. When he said, ” This will be your car if you can fix it.” I began to dream about the way it would look & drive by the time we were finished.
DeeDee – wife
All I knew about BMW’s is that Tomas loved them & knew how to work on them. And because of that my dad felt comfortable buying me my first convertible. To me, the reliability of the BMW was the most important factor. I had just started college and needed a vehicle I could count on. As a full time student and waitress, I have always been driven by goals and childhood dreams of owning my own business.
However, I was pursuing a degree in Biology instead. Looking back, It didn’t make sense because I had grown up in a world of sales. The highlight of my day was when the UPS truck would drop of our new orders. When Tomas started his business, I had an epiphany. To us, eBay had only been a great place to buy, not sell. Being a seller was a completely different perspective. Getting excited over the possibilities made me realize I had been pursuing the wrong major.
So, I switched. But even though I had textbook skills, I knew I had no real world experience or car knowledge. Something needed to happen for that to change. Luckily, my professor in entreprenuership had given us a unique assignment to interview a business owner. Since I wanted to learn more about the Automotive Recycling industry I chose one of Tomas’s current vendors. We got a long so well she offered me a position to work there. Gladly, I accepted.
For most people, I’d imagine it would be extremely intimidating to step into a world of car parts, surrounded by ex-cons and greasy parts. But I was thrilled to be there. I had the opportunity to learn. After graduating in 2009 with my Bachelors in Business from University of California, Riverside I was hired on full-time, while Tomas continued to run his eBay business from home. But after a couple of years, Tomas and I decided it would be best if we focused on our business full-time.
I’m so glad that we did. I can also proudly say that my dreams have come true and we are blessed to be able to do what we love daily. All thanks to you, our customers.