We have a busy used car dealer nearby and on Sundays, he gets a lot of traffic. He has a single sheet of canary yellow paper with all the cars on them, price, mileage basic one line stuff.
I think your idea would find a welcome home at this place and other small lots. The people on Sunday don't want to be approached, although, the complaint I've heard over and over is
NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION
And your qr code idea would work great, a site wirh more information, maybe a video tour, or just a car fax report or blue book info.
Keep us posted John if you try this.
Originally Posted by palmanator
I have been away from the forum for many years, and due to a number of life changes - I now have a lot of time to pursue ideas - compared to years ago.
Anyway, one of my recent ones is... a laminated 6x8 in card for display in cars on a car lot.
I have no idea if this is already being done - so if it is - I apologize.
I do know it ISN'T being done in my town - but it's a small town of around 30,000.
Anyway, I made up a "sample" to post here and see if anyone has any input.
The idea came from being the kind of buyer that HATES walking onto a car lot and getting hammered by a sales person.
So - when I'm "shopping" around for a vehicle, I go to a car lot when they are closed.
So - it occurred to me that IF there was one of these cards in the window or on the dash - I would scan it and get some additional of the details about the car.
Before I approach any dealers, I just wanted to see what y'all think.
I don't envision it being something the "big guy's" might want - but the small local guy's are the ones that I thought might be interested.
By the way - the QR code on the card can be changed at will - meaning it isn't a "use one time" sort of code.
The idea would be to make up maybe 25 of them - numbers 1001 to 1025.
Then - whenever the particular vehicle that card 1001 is being used for - sells - they just send you an email with a link to another vehicle - and you change the link to their web page that has the next car info on it.
The fees (and I'm just noodling this around - so this is just my first thoughts) would be on a "per card packet" size - meaning 1 to 25 cards might be X dollars, 26 to 50 would be Xplus, etc.
Now - here's the weaknesses I see thus far.
1.) Some of the smaller guys may not even have web pages built for their cars - so rather than trying to actually do that for them, I would just go to the ones that have pages.
2.) They could do it themselves - but as the case is with just about anything - there's always the fact that MOST things can be done - it's just that very few will actually - and consistently - do it.
I won't go on at this point - but just wanted to through it out there and see if it has any life - or if it just sucks like a Hoover vacuum cleaner.
Again - I've been away for a long time - so if this has already been discussed and kicked to the trash heap - I apologize :-)