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Repo America with J. Patrick Altes

Get the inside track on the real discussions going on inside the automobile repossession industry in America. No war stories, no repo politics, just discussion about the struggles and victories in this most difficult and fascinating business.

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Get the inside track on the real discussions going on inside the automobile repossession industry in America. No war stories, no repo politics, just discussion about the struggles and victories in this most difficult and fascinating business.

The Poison Pen: Repo Agents Signing Bad Contracts

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There's a lot of bad contracts being presented to our industry, especially recently.

So a client pushes a contract across the proverbial table with a "take it or leave it" attitude. 

What language should you look for? What can you do if the contract places your business at risk? 

Bryanna and Pat Altes speak with Atty Tal Bakke and Patrick D. Newman of Bassford Remele LLC about the impact of these contracts. 

Apr 20 2021

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Black Book's Paul Machin: Connecting Dots Between Used Car Prices, Home Mortgage Industry and Auto Repossessions

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Interesting conversation with Paul Machin in helping see how the used-car market, COVID-19, the home mortgage market, and new car sales all connect downstream to us in the repossession industry. 

Apr 14 2021

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Bryanna! Women of The Repossession Industry #1

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Let's face it; for the most if its history, the repossession business has traditionally been a male-domintated industry. Things are changing......Bryanna talks with Kristen Ithurburu, Starr Haynes-Sawalqah, Darcy Case, and Wendy Camara, all women finding unprecedented success in this crazy business. 

Mar 17 2021

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GPS Devices: Pat, Joel Kennedy and Passtime's Kevin Carr

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Its great when a client can tell you where the car is located. GPS tracking technology has come a long way, and is generally a benefit to the repo industry...until it becomes a way to "beat the price" of our services.  Pat, Joel, and Kevin discuss how this technology can help those in financial need secure auto loans, and how it intersects with the repossession business. 

Mar 12 2021

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You've Been Served! What Repossessors Do That Gets Them Sued

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Often the legal landmines in an industry are NOT where you think they'd be. In the repossession business, its not primarly a breach of peace.  And how foolish is it that our industry allows our clients to refuse to offer repossession-related indemnification? 

Feb 18 2021

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Attacked! The David Sullivan Story

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In most instances, the repossession business can be pretty boring. But in a small percentage of repossessions, thing and go wrong in a big way. This is the story of David Sullivan, former VP of Allied Finance Adjusters, who was attacked and nearly killed by an uninvolved third party while simply scanning license plates with an LPR camera car.

Feb 05 2021

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Bryanna Speaks With John Fountaine

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Pat's often-guest-host Bryanna interviews John Fountaine, an individual with a long history as a skiptracer and working with forwarding agencies. John talks about areas of health and personal growth, and an exciting new concept for the future of the repossession industry. 

Feb 01 2021

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There's A New Sheriff In Town: What To Expect From The Revived CFPB

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A new CFPB chief, Rohit Chopra, was picked yesterday....President and Biden promises to bring the CFPB back to life. What kind of action should auto lenders expect, and how will it effect the auto repossession industry?  Should be a concern for repossessors across America. Pat discusses it with Hudson Cook's Eric L Johnson. 

Jan 19 2021

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Altes & Armstong: The CFPB Expected To Come Back To Life

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What a crazy week. But the point of this podcast is to discuss how a revived CFPB might effect the repossession industry...and it definitely will. What's the best way for us to be "at the table" instead of "on the menu"?  Pat Altes and industry blogger Kevin Armstrong discuss how things might play out. 

Jan 12 2021

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Why I'm Involved In ARA

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Pat Altes' family ran one of the national trade associations for nearly 50 years, a "competitor" to the America Recovery Assocation. The voices condemning ARA were loud and persistent. But was it true? And, if so, was it still true today? 

Dec 28 2020

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"The Go-Giver": Bryanna Cox and Author Bob Burg

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Bryanna interviews best-selling author Bob Burg about mentorship, sales, person growth, and the contents of "The Go-Giver"

Dec 18 2020

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Bryanna Cox & Jeremy Cross Talk LPR Camera Systems: Valuable Tool... Or A Rolling Money Pit?

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I've always wondered if the industry's love affair with LPR camera systems is a result of our penchant for chasing shiny objects, without assessing their true ROI (if any exists). Pat and co-host Bryanna Cox talk to Jeremy Cross about their thoughts on this whole high-tech idea. 

Dec 11 2020

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Corey Cox: Working Together to Get Ahead in Houston

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Successful recovery agency owner Corey Cox shares how working together, with and not against his so-called "competitors" in the infamous Houston repo market, has revitalized the culture in one of America's busiest hotbeds for automobile recoveries. 

Nov 24 2020

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Resolvion: An Unlikely Ally In The Fight Over Personal Property Fees

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Nov 19 2020

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Host Bryanna Cox: Talking with The Next Generation with Brandon Pineiro

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Tired of hearing the same old ideas from the same old voices? Yeah, us too. Especially since some of us ARE the old voices. In this episode, Bryanna Cox talks with Elite Collateral Recovery's Brandon Pineiro, son of legendary industry entrepreneur Max Pineiro.

Oct 29 2020

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Repo America Goes To Washington: Talking Lobbyists

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Never has our industry faced anything like this....a 120+ day moratorium on repossessions across the nation. This would put many, many agencies out of business, and severely damage the rest. Pat and lobbyist Matt Henken discuss politics, the CFPB, the race for the White House, and the possibility of the Senate responding to the HEROES act with a compromise that would throw us under the proverbial bus.....

Oct 21 2020

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John Newberry Talks About the New Georgia Repo Association

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Weird stuff coming down the pike from the Federal and state governments which could really crush our industry. California has tried, and recently introduced their own version of the CFPB. And we're still battling the devastation that could be caused by the HEROES Act in Congress.  Rather than sit around and whine, some forward thinking repossessors in Georgia recently formed their own state association to represent their interests. Pat talks to their new president, John Newberry.

Oct 09 2020

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Renee Low: Repo Reputation, Insurance, and Contracts

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Repo "reality" shows have done a number on the repossession industry. It has effected insurance companies' willingness to insure us; it has effected how state and Federal governments view us; and the fears these shows project find their way into the abusive, unfair contracts clients want us to sign. Champions like Renee Low, working with insurance carriers and the Repo Alliance, are trying to paint a different, more realistic picture of who we are and what we do. 

Oct 01 2020

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Repo CENTRAL America: Brett Mikkelson

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Often a creditor's car winds up someplace they never intended...and in some cases, in Central America countries like Panama. Pat talks with former repo associate in Panama, private investigator Brett Mikkelson. 

Sep 22 2020

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Max Pineiro: Coming to America

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It all changed in 1959. Fidel Castro was installed as the leader of the island nation of Cuba, and immediately began a reign of terror and intimidation on the Cuban people. People used home-made rafts, small boats, and even sheets of plywood to try and cross the 90 miles of the Florida Straits. Thousands died in the effort. Many of that made it arrived penniless, yet worked hard to fulfill the promise of the American dream. The Pineiro's were some of those, and this is Max's story. 

Sep 04 2020

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