Here is a great article by Frank Gray from The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that details the street smarts and people search skills of a repo man, along with some insights into the repo profession.
From the article –
When he leaves to pick up a car, the first thing he does is do a complete skip trace, which shows where all of the owner’s family members live and the car owner’s financial records. It becomes obvious pretty fast when someone is simply in financial trouble or a skipper.
You can read the entire article @ Repo man encounters hard times all around.