Building a Successful Empire on Respect
TPCarguy – Tim Payne
by Nikki Robert Singleton
Successful people are products of hard work, patience, reliability and honesty and these things, as many of us know, don’t often come easily. However, when you embrace these virtues, success becomes a thing of nature. This is something that Tim Payne, owner of TPCarguy in Niles, Michigan, understands fully… but one thing that he prides himself on the most is the effort he not only puts into his work, but the fact that he truly loves what he does.
“After years of working in retail, I realized that I was putting in the work making money but, at the same time I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I knew that I could be. As simple as it sounds, the moment that I realized that I would be more pleased getting away from the retail side of the car industry and getting into more wholesale was the moment that I decided to just go for it and take that leap of faith.”
Tim also has a great passion for working alone which drove him to wholesaling just that much quicker. He is just like many other car dealers in the sense that he owns his own business because he can’t see himself ever working underneath anyone else but, at the same time, is also very different due to the fact that he feels confined around other people, feeling as if he is unable to work at the speed that he wants to when in the presence of anyone else. Payne has the amazing natural ability to fly in his work at a speed that seems to be on the upside of 300 miles per hour, getting so much done in a day that his customers become amazed with his work ethic and, being equally as important, his quality of work.
“I am a performer… what can I say?! I like to get stuff done!”, states Tim. “ I buy cars, I like to grab onto the late models and then I repair them. My turnaround time on a car is typically about three days. At the same time, I don’t want anyone to ever feel as if they have gotten less than what they paid for and, quite frankly, you don’t always find that in the auto industry. I like to make a quality product and send it out in record time ... I burn midnight oil.”