William Dixon, 64 

What I Do

I was in the towing business, I was towing cars for illegal parking, and it just got so rough and bad. A whole lot of problems. Because people didn't like their cars towed, you know. And it got dangerous, just a lot of drug deals going on, and you didn't know what time you were going to hook up to a drug dealer's car and he was going to start shooting at you. So I just decided I needed to get into something else a little tamer.

Checking around on it, there wasn't no places that I knew of other than wrecking yards that sold hubcaps. And I said, there's got to be an easier way for people to find the hubcap they want, so I decided I'd start selling hubcaps back in 1993.

What we did, we itemized the hubcaps in sections, like Chevrolet section, Ford … Mercury-Lincoln … and we put 'em in rows just like a garden, you know. And you want a Chevrolet cap, you can walk in there and in less than two, three minutes you can see whether we've got it. It's not like going to a wrecking yard, and the guy says, 'Oh, I got 2,500 hubcaps over there in a pile. Go over there and see if you can find it.' This way you can find it pretty quick, and get it and leave.

[On the lot I keep] 25,000 at least. We go to wrecking yards and buy them out. We just buy everything they've got. That way we get a pretty good price on them. We've got them from five dollars on up to about 75 dollars per cap.

My son works with me and my wife works with me, so each one of us tries to have a day off during the week. I go to church on Sunday … and Wednesdays we go to church for choir practice, and sing in the choir. I'm a deacon. Other than that, going to church and working here, we really don't have much time for anything else. But most of the time, my day off is spent in wrecking yards looking for hubcaps. That's my day off. Fishing — I went fishing one time this year. Caught one fish, had to throw him back.

We're not getting rich but we're having a lot of fun. It's not a real hard job — it's just time-consuming. We've got oodles and oodles of customers who have been in here and they keep coming back. They like a family business, you know. And we respect our customers, and we love 'em.


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