And we’re off! This is the first day that anyone other than us can see Collector Part Exchange, our new marketplace for collector car parts. We’re excited and proud to have brought this idea to life.
But why do this in the first place? Collector cars have always been an interested and as soon as I could afford it I got one -- a 1985 Porsche 928 and I've never looked back. After stepping away from my last company (which I co-founded and where Aaron and I worked together), it was time for a new challenge.
While it's easy to buy most things online now, that is decidedly not the case for collector car parts. CPX is an idea that is long overdue. Following are a few reasons that we're taking this on:
Help Move Us Into the Future. Commerce is moving online and so many parts sellers we talk to want to sell on the web and know they can do more, but don’t have the time, money and expertise to get there. They just want to sell parts. We hope CPX can serve as an easy on-ramp to sell on the web which many consumers want, especially the newer owners coming from BAT.
Keeping It Simple. Buying collector car parts is very nuanced process, but we believe CPX can streamline that by keeping the process intuitive and minimizing steps. It's a challenge for sure, but we are going to be ruthless about not over-complicating things. Buyers just want to go online, find what they want and get it ordered lickety split. Sellers want that too.
eBay Got Greedy. eBay is the current 'go to' place for buying and selling for car parts. (Collector car parts are few and far between on Amazon and Facebook Marketplace.) But then eBay started to nickel and dime folks using the platform. I haven’t spoken to a single person who likes it as a seller or as a buyer. Search results are polluted with sponsored or misrepresented content. Sellers get dinged dozens of ways. Enough is enough.
Have Fun Together. Think about a Saturday morning at cars and coffee or a weekend visit to a regional swap meet. That’s what the collector car community is all about. As CPX grows, we hope to bring that camaraderie to a global audience.
It won’t happen overnight, but come join us, stick with us, and participate and we can make it happen. Welcome, the virtual doors are now open!