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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by mdlax1, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. mdlax1

    mdlax1 Senior Member

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    Well folks about 3 months some of you might recall me posting up a request for a database or a list of as many cars as possible from the dawn of time till the present.

    Well this is why. http://www.partscrunch.com

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    Many of you are familiar with pricewatch.com. It's basically a directory of computer parts that online vendors sell. This forces vendors to compete for that top spot and the lowest price for that computer part.

    Well me and B were in agreement, why the hell hasn't this been done for car parts. This would be so beneficial for tuners and replacement part buyers alike.

    So i spent 5 months building and perfecting this site. The site has 99 % of all cars, trucks, vans and SUV's in from the US from 1935 to present. With about 50% euro and Japanese cars. I must say this right now, it is VERY sparse on car parts right now. It's quite a vicious circle I didn't estimate. Vendors don’t want to sign up for a site that has no users. But users don’t want to go to a part site with no parts. So my solution was I have recruited vendors for free but most of the time it is me adding their parts. Obviously this will change when the site grows.

    So in the mean time im counting on you guys to go to the site, browse it for what it is now and tell as many people as you can about it. Anyone can use it free, if you sign up (which is also free) you get a lot more features which is listed below. By doing this you are only helping yourself and fellow tuners because if this becomes a standard like price watch did, it will force lower prices of car parts.

    Aside from that i am offering 20 dollars CASH to anyone who refers a vendor that signs up for a year (79 bucks, which in most cases will barely get you 2 months of advertising on major car sites).

    Also if anyone belongs to other forums, could you please drop them a line and suggest they support us. We're providing links and advertising for boards that pitch us to their members.

    Thanks to Brian for offering up his full support in trying to get this project off the ground.

    So there it is guys, keep browsing keep looking and i want to thank you guys in advance.

    Mods/Admins please do what you will with this post (OKed by B ) to maximize exposure
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    This is a pretty good looking site.. Graphics look good, the interface is clean and it looks like a real pro operation - and not a "Lets try this" kind of thing.


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    -> Steve
     
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    under suzuki you missed the sj410 (82-84) 4*4 suv
     
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    I hope that you arent putting it all on us, have you posted this in other forums such as honda-tech, civic land, club civic, etc etc..
     
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    I am pretty sure that he has put that on civicland since he does own it.
     
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    That site looks kickass! I use another site that is rather unexciting in looks, but it does get the job done. I think one of the hardest things is that most boneyards are not internet literate. They barely have their current car inventory on their first gen computers, let alone keeping track of what good parts are left and if they are in good condition. They don't answer emails very quickly and it's still better to call them up on the phone and since then are also too hectic in their office to return the calls, one has to keep calling them. Most of those businesses do very well just as a cash and carry operation. No checks, credit cards and they hate to deal with shipping.

    P.S. I really do wish you the best of luck. I'm just giving you my input based on my own junkyard experiences. And I meant it in a productive and good positive way.
     
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    red, i know darling and i appricate it. I know exactly where you're coming from. I used to work in a junk yard cutting grass as my first gig. So I have a decent understanding of how those guys work.

    Unfor. this is going to for thos vendors that sell new parts online. Or for high end resellers of like motor swaps, who know what they have. (like jeff at import builders). Only becuase their presence on the web is already established. Obvisously i would welcome a scrap yard if they kept their shit together. A big user, using point is vendors have to update the prices of their products on PartsCrunch every 30 days to keep search results valid, if they dont the product doesn't show up in searches.
     
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    I think this is an awesome idea. Any plans to start listing motorcycles? I have been looking for a place that people are selling old english motorcycle parts, I have not found anything good, and I hate dealing with ebay. :thumbsup: to the great idea.
     
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    well im sure if i could get a list of motorcycles i could add them to the site.
     
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    I wonder how much "fat" is actually left in the price of new performance parts? I know a couple of people that have "wholesale" accounts for parts like Neuspeed, but at their volume level they don't get very good prices themselves. I wonder if it's worth a canvas at the next SEMA show... but then the parent companies try to protect their established distributors. Hmmm.... well it's just that a few months ago, I was hunting for Neuspeed brakelines for my sedan. Searching and searching.... finally I lucked out on eBay with a regular person selling a new unused set for a loss as they just didn't have the car anymore. No one else bid on them as she didn't have pictures and her feedbacks were in the single digits.
     
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    aside from the vendor feedback i think im going to add product reviews. I dont expect this to be a large point but could do some benefit for people buying
     
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    Just another suggestion... can you afford to offer new vendors the first six months free and a permanently discounted rate for any founding vendor in good standing? That $20 finders fee would only kick in if the vendor signed on later.

    Benefits, more vendors would sign up and give it a shot. Everyone loves a free gift. I was thinking a free three months, but a six month period at this point would carry them through the spring which is traditionally very busy for them. Then in the meantime, you would encourage your customer pool to buy from these vendors during this trial period to show that your service is worthwhile.

    What about adding something like a priceline.com thing where buyers can post what they want and what are willing to pay for it? Why not cut to the chase? <---- And if you use this idea, I want a piece of the action. B)
     
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    sucks how it doesnt tell you how many parts are in a given catagory, Awesome idea, hopefully ill be able to use this when i decide to build my motor
     
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    Sweet I see you already have BSA and Triumph up there, I will send you more info on models and shit like that.
     
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    Yeah man i have to make it more previlant on the site but anytime someone see's something that needs to be added, car wise or sub cateogory wise they can just send a message to me to do it.. but yeah i'd really appreciate that man
     
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    I was the one that mentioned the "fat" in the system. lol. The priceline thing, well a seller can privately make counter offers to the poster. Also just in case they have some dead stock sitting there, sometimes it's just good to move it at any price and if they've made money overall on the lot, it's okay. And it would give the sellers some live market feedback.

    What about centralized group buy proposals section? Either by a group of potential buyers or a seller's proposal? Well about the free months thing, right now is dog slow in the car modding business. One shop in my area says that in the spring and summer his business quadruples. So I was just thinking of a first time several months free offering as a new site and because it's also slow in the winter. Next winter, who cares? Your site will be full of activity by then.
     
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    I saw that it shows total number of parts but I meant the sub catagories cause it really sucks opening ever sub category just to see if theres anything there
     
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    what do you suggest? something like this, but with the part count next to it?

    http://www.partscrunch.com/current_subcat.php

    then obviously clickable? only problem with this, is that when the site grows that link will give listing in the sub categories but it will be for every car.. that could be a hassle.
     
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    BodyDroppedNikes ...PENDEJO.... VIP

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    cruising through the Ford section i noticed:

    -Explorer, you have it spelled as: Ex;lorer
    -no listing for Ranger
    -no listing for Laser TX-3
    -Orion is listed twice
    -ZX2 is an Escort and should be listed as Escort ZX2
    -Cortina is listed twice

    thats what i found in there. other than that, thats a good site you built!!
     
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    thanks bro, i appriciate the desire to help me out.. i'll get on that now
     
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