Name's Garrett and this is my first post to IndieHackers.
Been doing a lot of reading on here but not any posting so here it goes.
Some back story first, I went to school for design and currently am a developer by trade and work for a fairly large global e-commerce company.
In my off time I am a wannabe mechanic and love working on old cars. I own a 1985 Dodge RamCharger (basically Chryslers version of the Ford Bronco or Chevy Blazer)
The online car world is pretty sparse when it comes to modern ui/ux sites. Minus a few sites like DriveTribe. So I started exploring some ideas of how I could merge these two loves of mine together.
The goal would be to create something specifically for old trucks. Classic cars have been popular for quite some time now but trucks are really starting to take off. An old farm truck thats in good shape can go for 10-15k right now. If all restored, 20-25k. The rare ones, 50k+... And these number are rising every year.
The biggest problem I see in the online forums for old trucks/cars is fanatics will post the latest craigslist ad in their area and the thread will get 50+ replies. Replies are about everything and anything. e.g. "I owned this, pile of junk", "Great ride from the 70's" etc... but what ends up happening is the ad goes down eventually and the links in the thread are no longer live so the content doesn't last and becomes stale. They might not buy the cars but they sure will talk about it.
Another problem, a forum isn't the best ux for sharing your personal garage of trucks. People make threads of their own trucks and how they restore/maintain them but there isn't much of a social aspect leading you there other than you sifting through the forums. No activity feeds, metrics on the hottest new trucks someone added. How cool would it be if people could upload their information on the trucks they own/post photos etc. have a conversation about them and if one day they want to post it for sale they still can through the same platform.
If anyone has heard about cars and coffee, its a local meetup in my area and probably others as well where people show up in giant parking lot somewhere and bring all their old classics and some new sporty cars and drink coffee eat donuts and chat. I want to make this but online so the audience is bigger and you can interact with people from all over the world.
I haven't thought about compensation for this, it's not really about that for me. I figure if the idea is good enough and if I end up having a ton of users then I can think about monetizing in some way. I really just want to put this out there for the community because I know I would love it and a few of my truck buddies have said they would kill for something like this.
Anyway, this is more of a share the idea post. I just wanted to put it out there.
I have done a fair amount of work on the project already, even just as an MVP if you will, and am scraping sites that don't have anything saying I cant in their terms of service.
https://findaclassictruck.com <- this domain will change eventually to classictruckdepot
Not getting any users right now and I am pretty low on SEO at the moment so things I need to work on but trying to validate marketing this a bit before putting in all the effort.
At the end of the day it can be a nice portfolio project for me if it doesn't work out.
If you got this far, I applaud and thank you :D