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Case Study: How One Teen Makes His Business Tick

Juggling a business and school isn't easy. Here's how Lefty's Auto founder Mike Wilson does it.

This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

(YoungBiz) - Log on to, and you'll automatically feel a need to fasten your seatbelt. A car revs its engine and a pair of headlights moves toward you as Lefty's high-performance slogan appears: "Welcome to Lefty's Auto, where it's your parts at my cost."

Eighteen-year-old Mike Wilson of Overland Park, Kansas, founded Lefty's Auto two years ago with a simple purpose in mind: to provide performance parts at reasonable prices for do-it-yourself car buffs like himself. Wilson had just acquired a 1987 black Corvette that "needed some work." He was shocked at the prices auto supply stores were selling parts for and decided to look for an alternative.

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