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yos is that your shirt ??????
No, but It would be cool to wear in a business meeting

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shit, we left Jeff behind ...come on Jeff ...put ya foot down
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Exactly how far into buisness school have you gotten?

Might I suggest an oil change, battery and tire swap scheme to make money, and then you can tinker with your jelopies out back if you like.

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Exactly how far into buisness school have you gotten?

Might I suggest an oil change, battery and tire swap scheme to make money, and then you can tinker with your jelopies out back if you like.
there you have it



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Who's Jeff?
um well he started the thread and well we kinda took over as usual



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Oh yeah, that guy Come on in Jeff, it's all good.
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you dont think we scared him off do you ???



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most people lurk around at least a little while before posting. So it should be no surprise.
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that could be , have you talked to clk today ??



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Jeff - the mind boggles at all the reasons I wouldn't want to buy a car from such a company.

THAT SAID, this jackass Will Castro seems to have more business than he knows what to do with. There's no doubt that customization is a big market, with a lot of margin.

I think buying cars, then sinking more money into them, on what amounts to speculation, will find you owning a bunch of cars and out of business rather quickly. The instant Mercedes comes out with a new model, that's what all the big rollers will want "customized", and you'll be holding a big fat expensive bag of last year's models.

The best advice I can give you from an entrepreneurial standpoint is to try to shoot as many holes in your own plan as you can, and see what you have left. Then you can decide whether or not you want to go forward pursuing whatever niche of customers your model would attract, or if you want to adjust your model to reduce your risk & capital outlay while maximizing the number of potential customers.

This sounds like a business one gets into after they're very well established financially, and have developed at least a small network of clients - possibly to whom they've given away their products & services just for the experience and marketing.
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Hey everyone! First of all, this is not spam. I am just a car nut who doesn't have enough money for a Mercedes (college broke) so I make do with my Mustang. I'm taking a business class at the University of Washington for writing a successful business plan. My business I hope to make is one where I buy some cars from a dealership and then customize them completely to make them look like new cars (so like an extreme body kit) and then sell them as customs. I have an assignment this week where I need to interview my "alpha customers," which is the type of people I expect to get the most business from. Since you all are car nuts like me, I figured you'd be the ones to ask.

First of all, please say anything that comes to mind about this, even if it isn't in response to a question. This will actually give me more information than direct answers oddly enough.

My first question is what do you expect to see when you walk in to the shop/showroom? Not what do you expect from experience, but what would you like to see?

A sexy saleswoman that would give me a blow job to even consider buying a modified car before I had a say on how I wanted it.

Second, what is your dream car and why?

Any car I could not afford because I could not afford it it would make it my dream car.

Third, would you be interested in buying cars this way? What would entice you to change your mind if you don't?

No new production car would satisfy me unless I have a chance to get a gutted car then decide what goes in it. So mods are cool as far as I am concerned but if I have a say it has to be almost the whole car.

Fourth, any other ideas that I could add in? Such as allowing customers to bring in their cars and then I customize them?
That's where you will make your money. The risk will be handled in a much controlled expectation fashion because they are already familiar with their cars and have already zeroed in on what they like and don't like.


Fifth, how important is gas efficiency vs performance?
If gas efficiency was the driver then you are in the wrong forum, maybe you should try the Hyundai or Honda forums. Most Benz owner want mega power with an elegant touch of smoothness and response.

Sixth, are you more prone to drag race, auto-x, track race, or show the car (keep in mind that many of these cars will have upwards of 600rwhp and some, if there is enough interest, will be all out racecars).
Not with the Benz as far as race but typically I like mine to scare the beJesus out off drivers on the road when I pull in the left lane and demand that they get the fuck out off my way. Also when I pull in front of a hotel or club I want some fkin service.

You don't necessarily need to answer all the questions, and if you have a differing view from someone else, please let me know too!

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