Auto reviews expand on Angie's list
We've always had a passion for fine automobiles at Angie's List. My interest in cars goes back a ways. Growing up in Fort Wayne, Ind., I spent countless Friday nights watching stock-car races at Baer Field Speedway, which some of my family members ran. My next-door neighbor growing up was a drag racer, so you'd find us out cheering him along as well.
I still have warm memories of going to races at dirt tracks as a kid. I even took racing lessons in college, so to me, being around cars and in garages is almost second nature.
Angie's List CEO and co-founder Bill Oesterle grew up watching his older brother fix up and race classic cars. Bill developed a love for them himself and now owns several vintage rides.
We've shared our auto enthusiasm as a company by sponsoring cars in the Indianapolis 500. In 2008, we sponsored 11th-place rookie Oriol Servia, and in 2009 we partnered with Sarah Fisher, whose eighth Indy 500 qualification was the most by any woman in the 93-year history of the race.
We're not alone here at our campus — headquartered in Indianapolis, the "Racing Capital of the World" — in our zest for automobiles. Nationwide, classic- and custom-car restoration is a $2 billion industry. It's a natural fit for Angie's List to take our years of experience in helping consumers find reliable help around the house to the classic and custom car restoration industry.
We are actively seeking consumer reviews from car buffs with insight into custom and classic car specialists. In return, we offer Angie's List members reviews in more than 80 custom car categories, ranging from babbiting and painting, to plating and polishing, to wiring and welding.
There are loads of car-related forums, classified ads, and chatter in garages around the country about individual specialists and companies that focus on restoring vintage vehicles. We're going to do what we do best and gather that great consumer experience at a site where anyone can easily find just the person they need for their specialty work.
Angie's List is collecting and processing the reports in accordance with our existing accountability structure. The auto restoration reports will be available to all members nationwide regardless of where the service is located, which is a departure from the traditional, highly localized approach we've taken in our other service areas.
So all you auto enthusiasts, start submitting those reports. This venture has gotten me so revved up about the possibilities surrounding this new category, it's rejuvenated my interest in classic cars. I'm now considering acquiring my own custom car to restore. But before I turn the keys over, you can bet I'll be checking Angie's List first to find the best restoration companies.