My son is 20 yrs old and just got bonded and started his small car lot a month ago. Mistake or success? He was in college and dropped out for the car biz. I taught him about credit and he started building it at 18 and maybe that was a mistake as a father as he would probably be in school still. Thoughts? He seems to be doing things successfully and selling cars. He has not gotten a website just a face book page and it is working. He is a unconventional dealer but maybe the new generation of independent dealers. His page is

His lot isn't much but his customers seem to really like him.


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Comment by Danielle Artus on April 11, 2017 at 12:20pm

Hi Guy. Your website looks nice! It has a clean and professional appearance, and it's also responsive. That's a great start! 

I do see a void in inventory though, on both your website and your Facebook page. Are you finding that it's difficult to keep up with your posts? 

A data feed service can be really helpful with this task. Check out Friday Systems, Inc. We offer a low cost service that stores your inventory and photos, and feeds them directly to your website, Facebook, and all other classified car sites. And, as an added bonus, it also prints window stickers for you.

Keep up the good work,

Danielle Artus


Comment by Guy Campbell on February 9, 2017 at 6:45pm

Wow! I come back 3 years after the original post and we are still on the front page!

I am Troy's son, Guy. I am still in business though I have had my share of discouraging events. I've learned a whole new set of skills these last few years with my dealership. I've slowed down a little on the BHPH side and have been using Nextgear Capital flooring to buy some newer inventory.

Last month I was able to go to the NADA conference in New Orleans with my dad to meet with select companies who are purchasing used  car data from his company. I was able to see a whole other side to the car biz and it was really motivating. 

Are there any other young dealers starting out there? Ive seen more people close to my age at the auction lately though I've only met one who had the license himself. 

I have my own website now instead of just the facebook page...

Check it out! any feedback is awesome.

Thanks for the support!!

Comment by JOE WELNACK on September 20, 2016 at 9:01pm

I think this young man has the sand to be successful.  I made a very good living in BHPH and auto salvage.  Having said that, during the depression/recession of 2009 I tried to acquire a new car dealership and had the $$$ to close the deal but was turned down for factory approval because of my educational background.  Here is a point where the former dealer principal had a nice sheep skin along with a expensive habit regarding his nose!!  Just keep in mind that if you wish to stay on as a indie you will be fine but be careful if you ever want to buy a new car franchise.

Comment by Randy Pietro on October 20, 2015 at 9:32am
I was licensed at 18 in Michigan. So not the youngest by any means but still good to see young people interested in what is generally considered an old mans business.
Comment by Jay Samson on May 22, 2015 at 3:59pm

Troy, I know everyone will want him to go to school but some of the most highly successful people didn't go to college! If he has the drive and ambition, support him and love him... I think its great he has his own business at such a young age, just hope he mature enough to manage things right and keep clear of the pitfalls and most importantly, the laws he will be strickly monitored with... The one thing you said I found worrisome is not having a website.. In today's market, having a website is crucial.... I myself have been in the car business since I was 21 and was the youngest sales manager in the state of NJ when I first became a sales manager at a franchised car dealership. I have now had a successful 30 years in the business and its been very good to me!!... Since I see myself in him, I would be happy to help build him a website and just do it for the cost of the programing..approx. $700 and I can have him a 10 page website with email and search engine optimization... its not just about having the website, its being found when the customer does a google search for used cars and I can get him on google, Yahoo, Bing and create pages on Manta, YP online, etc.... All at wholesale to help a new member of our business!!!

Comment by Troy Campbell on May 6, 2014 at 9:37am

Thanks Scott. I would like to chat for sure. The site is where we demo the data and will remain free. We have licensed this data to a few dealer service providers and soon to vehicle history report services as well as vin decoder services as our data enhances their decoders. This is the next thing around the corner dealers will want a heads up on. I am heading to the auction this morning with my son but will be available later today around 3 pm MST. I am in Utah.


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Comment by Scott Edwards on May 6, 2014 at 8:22am

At first and quick glance I can see several reasons why I would play the devils advocate with what you have. There are a few issues that in theory sound great but in reality have holes in them.

If  you would like to get some sincere feedback from one who has not been on the inside for any length of time trying to look out, I can help with from a standpoint of having a fresh look from the outside attempting to look in.

If you will invite creative criticism with an open mind I will bring to the discussion the same open mind.

Scott Edwards


Comment by Scott Edwards on May 6, 2014 at 8:12am

Always strive to create a win-win scenario for all and you will always be on top.

In the words of Z.Z. and not the bearded Top boys, but one of my mentors, "You assist enough people to get what they need, you will always get what you need."

Comment by Troy Campbell on May 5, 2014 at 12:20pm

I look forward to your comments Scott. Perhaps we should start another subject on here as to the car data we have? Maybe I will title it "Good or Bad for Car Dealers?" I have had mostly a good response from car dealers but some have not liked the idea of consumers having this listing online history or the pricing analytics that have only been available through companies like vauto and very expensive.


Comment by Scott Edwards on May 5, 2014 at 6:37am

I look forward to seeing what it is you have developed.

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