We mainly specialize in auto salvage insurance claim vehicles, rebuildable
salvage cars, trucks,
motorcycles, recovered theft, flood, insurance rebuilt, rebuilable
Harley salvage and rebuildable Corvette salvage.(rebuildable
HISTORY (published in ThunderRoad-Virginia, April 2007 - download here
I guess it really started back in the 60ís, probably the early
60ís. I was a little kid in the backseat with my brother, Keith,
making that long ride back from Miami. Mom and dad were up front.
All of a sudden I heard the rumble of thunder. It kept coming.
I was scared as I peeped over the window. They kept coming and
I finally got the nerve to look out the back window. There were
packs of them. They just kept coming. Donít remember how long
it lasted but it was enough to put me in a trance that carried
me all the way home. That is the first time I knew what I wanted
later, I was at a back yard body shop with my dad. They let
me sit on a bike while they talked. It was a hot summer night.
They turned a fan on me so I could think I was riding and
had a good laugh. It didnít bother me... I was in heaven.
After that, my dad came home with a M65 Harley for my brother
and me to ride on the sawmill trails. It didnít take long
for us to burn that one up.
My dad started going to insurance salvage sales to buy some
cars for the body shop man to fix so they could make some
money. I started buying insurance claim cars and bikes to
run on the sawmill trails. Man, life was good. I couldnít
wait to get home from school to hit the trails.
The day I turned 16, I got my car and motorcycle license
and had a car and bike paid for and tagged. Made the money
by shoveling snow, cutting grass, selling shrubs, paper route
and some from the salvage cars. My first car on the road was
a 68 AMX with a 390 engine. It lasted about 2 months until
I rolled it 3 times. The insurance co. paid me $1800 and I
made $1000 profit. I called James, he said just tow it behind
the house. Never said anything else. Can you imagine the worry
I put him through? But he never said a word. By the time I
got out of high school, I had been through 18 cars and bikes.
I went into business for myself just before I turned 21.
James and I rented a warehouse for $75 a month. We would work
the salvage auctions and enjoy every minute of it. We used
to rent a tow bar. Finally decided to buy one...it cost $125.
Every once in awhile a Harley would come through the salvage
auction. They always seemed to bring a lot of money. Sometimes
I would get one. Always thought I paid too much but they always
seemed to sell for a profit.
Time sure goes fast. Must be something to that ďblink of
an eyeĒ thing. So, here I am 32 years later. Life is still
good. Thank the Lord. I used to run the road constantly, now
I can do it from my desk. I hired Lusti
Parlow about 5 years ago. She designed, built, and runs
my websites www.kimmotor.com,
She handles it all & does a wonderful job. We do a lot of
specialty cars and exotics, but mostly Harleys.
I have Hog
Barn Cycles build me 3 or 4 bikes a month, but mostly
I sell them damaged as I buy them. Sold around 200 last year.
Alot of them sell out of the country. It is a world market
nowadays. If you canít sell in the world market, you canít
compete at the prices you have to pay for salvage. We carry
a Harley inventory of a low of 40 to 100 bikes. Plus some
Big Dog, Iron Horse and custom bikes. NO sport bikes.
My dad, James at 85, still works every day. Says he would
like to retire but canít cause he hasnít got me straight yet.
I bought him this Aston
Martin DB9 the other day. He looks good in it. He doesnít
say much but I think he likes it. Stop by and see us here
at Kim Motor Co. Inc.,
E. Wythe St., Petersburg, VA 23803, (804) 732-8001
or visit our showroom:ww.KimMotor.com
James passed 2/20/2010