Location: Iowa City, IA
Owners: Joel McCaw and Jason Hilsman
Number of acres: 14
Number of vehicles: 450 parts cars, 3,000 crusher cars
Number of dismantling bays: 2
Number of employees: 16
How long have you been a Team PRP member? 2 years, 3 months
Industry affiliations: URG, IAR, ARA, I-CARE
Ace Auto is a second generation owned salvage facility. Denny McCaw and Don Hilsman started the company in Homestead, Iowa in 1973. Ace Auto moved to its current location, Iowa City, in 1980. Joel McCaw and Jason Hilsman bought the company in 2009 from their fathers.
Ace Auto specializes in high-quality replacement transmissions, engines, mechanical parts and auto body parts for foreign and domestic vehicles. The facility also processes roughly 3,000 plus crusher cars a year.
Ace Auto was approached by Team PRP in 2016 to become a member. This was a game changer for Ace Auto. Becoming a member of Team PRP increased sales immediately and helped us refocus on buying inventory, selling parts, and brokering parts. Being a part of Team PRP, and being surrounded by industry leaders, has taught us—and continues to teach us—about being successful in our industry.
Our employees are a special part of our business. Four of our employees have been with us for 10+ years, and one has started his thirtieth year. Five of our employees have been with us 5+ years. Their experience and expertise allow us to be successful and to be a part of Team PRP. Having knowledgeable employees creates a better customer experience, which affects the bottom line.
Being a part of Team PRP also allows our sales team to acquire top-quality auto parts, which in turn has raised our customers’ satisfaction. Our success is built around our high-quality employees working together.