In 1982, Copart’s founder Willis Johnson established Copart with a single salvage yard in Vallejo, California with an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for change, and most importantly, a vision for growth.
Growth is exactly what Copart continues to accomplish year after year. In 2003, Copart expanded to 100 locations, including its first internationally in Canada. This year, 2017, the company’s milestone anniversary coincides with the opening of its Wilmington location, which is the 200th worldwide across 11 countries and four continents.
Since 1982, Copart has revolutionized the online car auction industry through its technological advancements. It was the first in the industry to launch a completely online auction model, the first to add vehicle photos to its website, and the first to develop an Apple iPad-optimized app.
Copart’s operational growth and its success in connecting vehicle buyers and sellers has earned it many accolades, including being named to Forbes America’s Best Small Companies List and Deloitte’s “The Exceptional 100” List of Top Performing US Companies. In addition, Copart has won the Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award and has been featured on the television show “World’s Best” as the “World’s Best Remarking Company.”
Copart is driving the online auto auction industry, and with a network of core businesses and technology, we are just getting started.
“What we’ve achieved over the past three decades is truly remarkable,” said Jay Adair, CEO of Copart. “Thirty-five years ago, Willis Johnson dreamed of going big, but I’m not sure he realized how big we’d go. I’m proud of the hard work that’s gotten Copart here, and I’m excited to see what the next 35 years have in store for us.”
To our Members, thank you for helping us reach this milestone. Join us in celebrating Copart’s 35th anniversary!