As most of you know, I left the dealership in November. After 6 years of selling the cars I love, it was time for something new. I am pleased to say that everything at the dealership is moving along well, they are selling lots of great cars, and things between us all remain completely friendly. This chapter was an inextricable part of my career that seems to refuse to disconnect from cars. That leads to me to my latest project.
Over the past few months I have gathered a team and developed a new business. VINwiki is a technology startup that offers a social vehicle history reporting platform. Unlike Carfax and Autocheck that most of us know to be difficult and inaccurate, VINwiki is setting out to give the user the voice to tell the story of the cars they love. We invite owners, dealers, manufacturers, service provider, enthusiasts, and everyone else in the car world to create, contribute to, and curate the historical timelines of the cars around us.
On VINwiki you can make a post to any car based on its unique 17 digit VIN number. You can type the VIN, scan the door barcode, or enter the license plate using our PL82VIN converter. Posts can contain photos, mileage updates, location reporting, and backdates as you build out the history of your cars and the cars around you.
I am working with Dave and Dan from our NY to LA record as well as Peter Saddington who you might recognize from some events and mountain drives. Kevin Bandy has also been helping us to build it over the past several months.
Our app is now live in the App Store. You can download it by following this link. I would love for you all to get the app, try it out, and let me know what you think. I hope that you find it to be a compelling way to track your daily activities with your cars and add value down the road. I also hope you will enjoy following your friends as they do the same.
I want to thank you all for the friendship over the years and invite you to come along on this journey with us. As always, it should be a wild ride.