Small Business Spotlight – November 2017: Car Fi
Company name: Car Fi
President: Rick Snelson
Year founded: 1986
In a nutshell, describe what your business provides for its customers:
When we first started Car Fi, we were strictly a car audio store. Today we have grown into a mobile electronics and mobile accessory company. Not only do we sell mobile car audio for cars but also for marine, motorsports and even motorcycles. We sell and install a lot of mobile video as well as mobile security and remote starts. Our Car Fi Pro-Tint division sells and installs glass tint, paint protection and vinyl for automotive, residential and commercial purposes. Car Fi also offers bolt-on truck accessories like running boards, front grill guards, bed covers and many other accessories including LED lighting. Other items would include GPS tracking, radar detection, collision avoidance and back-up safety products.
Give us a brief history of your business.
We started with one store and seven employees and have grown to over three times that and three stores in more than 30 years. Our core business is retail but we also have a wholesale division, car dealer expeditor and a builder business division.
What do you think makes your business unique?
Without question, it's our staff. We are experts in sales and installation. Many of our employees have been with us for more than 20 years.
What do you see for the future of your business?
Very soon we will be expanding beyond our brick and mortar locations and entering the e-commerce segment of our industry.