Is This the Best Search Engine Ever for New & Used Cars? #auto #trading


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Is This the Best Search Engine Ever for New & Used Cars?

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The site is one I found quite by accident. I’m not in the market for a used car, I was actually looking for a quote from Bill Shakespeare’s The Tempest and stumbled upon this gem. Ahh, I love the Internet. The site is called AutoTempest.com. It’s only in Beta right now, but the results are awesome!

In the past, when I was searching for a used car, I would bring up the usual suspects cars.com, kbb.com, edmunds.com. With three windows or tabs open, I would flick between them all looking for the best price, the lowest miles, and the best financing option available.

That was time-consuming and a hassle. But I never thought any more about it until I started pushing the buttons of this new site. (It’s like Kayak.com but for new and used cars.) As regular Wise Bread readers know, I’m a huge fan of sites and gadgets that save you time and money. Put a check mark next to both of those categories for AutoTempest.com.

The interface is simple enough. Enter the make and model of the car you’re looking for, along with the location, year, price and mileage. Sure, those are the usual features, but AutoTempest goes a little further.

With the advanced search, you can add-in transmission, body style, seller type, and even choose to search collector or niche sites.

After your data is input, you hit search. And then you’re greeted with the results from around seven different auto-buying websites. One includes craigslist, and when you get to that page the results will be further chopped down into areas in your state. You know what they say, location is everything.

I’d like to point out, as always, that this is not a paid endorsement or even one that was requested. When I find services or products I genuinely like or enjoy, I think Wise Bread readers will as well. And that’s why I’m passing this on to you.

As the site is in Beta, it’s also a great chance to kick the tires (ouch, no pun intended) and let the maker’s of AutoTempest know what you think of the site. what is working, and what isn’t. Hopefully, it will help them create a more robust option for the official launch.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for a new motor, try it out. I hope it saves you a bunch of time and money on your next vehicle. I know I’ll be using it to find mine.


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Benchmarking Graphics Processors – The New Style

The past couple of months, we have seen some interesting dynamics in measuring the framerate of your games versus graphics cards. Basically the framerate of your game is, simply put, the number of frames per second your computer and graphics card are able to render. It is the most common way of looking at graphics card and game performance really.

There’s a problem that started floating at the surface for a while now, FPS does not say much as to what you see and experience on screen thus on your monitor, in certain conditions you can get a little stuttering every now and then. E.g. FPS will not say a thing about graphics anomalies. Up-to a while ago nobody really cared that, and some of you perhaps think that is the best way to approach this. Do you really care of you see a small stutter every now and then for a fraction of a second maybe split-second? The answer to that is two fold. Some of you, the more enthusiast end users, do while other’s don’t. And as such lately we have seen websites posting frame-capture and frame time results.

Being trendy – websites jumped onto it and are using FRAPS, but the thing is. if you want to expose game stutters you probably should not use FRAPS. Here’s why:

FRAPS measures directly at the game engine, and that’s different from what you see on screen on your monitor. For FPS that is not really relevant, but if you want to measure frametime then at the end of the graph shown above T_Display is where you need to be. See, a lot of other stuff is happening after FRAPS measures. Now realistically for single graphics cards, measuring frametime (or as what like to call, frame experience) FRAPS is sufficient. However in multi-GPU setups FRAPs just does not detect all information and as such a lot simply does not show up, in the created charts that many websites including ourselves have been demonstrating.

It will get even weirder as it also works vice versa, sometimes FRAPS records stuff that isn’t visibly there on your monitor. To do frametime recordings right (the proper way) we need to take a more academic approach. not measure at Game engine level, but at the monitor output as that is the hotspot as to what you see on your screen. How can we accomplish that? Well, with a framegrabber and a complex software suite which we’ll be showing and introducing today. It is called FCAT, short for Frame Capture Analysis Tool. It is a set of tools that derives from the NVIDIA performance laboratory. Now please don’t throw objectivity and subjectivity concerns at us as yes, this methodology is coming from NVIDIA. Let me state upfront that pretty much all software and scripts can be read out as source code and the simple truth is that the FCAT benchmark method can’t see the difference in-between AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards as we look at rendered frames, we are not measuring inside the graphics card(s).

Before you read onwards, this article is more a bit more scientific, complex and academic opposed to what you are used to. This is not everybody’s cup of tea alright. But I wanted to show what we are doing and how we are doing it as transparant as can be. Now then, our FCAT solution requires multiple thousands EUR worth of hardware and is not something you can easily recreate at home. I also left a lot out in terms of complex issues and will take a very simple to understand approach, which hopefully, the majority of you guys and girls can understand. This article is a first in sense that it is an introduction to added benchmarks you are going to see integrated in Guru3D GPU reviews.

Let’s first discuss a little about FPS vs Frametime, the methods and challenges ahead.

Meet the FCAPS setup – two new dedicated PCs and two monitors merely for a handful of plotted graphs.

An Introduction to Carrizo – AMD 6th Gen APU
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An Introduction to HBM – High Bandwidth Memory
AMD briefed selected press on HBM – High Bandwidth Memory. This new type of graphics memory is going to change the para dime in the graphics industry when we are talking about using less power, small.

An introduction to FCAT benchmarking
In this article we will introduce you towards FCAT benchmarking. The past couple of months we have seen a some new dynamics in measuring the framerate of your games. Basically the framerate of your.


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Here are some of my questions I need opinions and Former RN’s to help with this:

1) Is it easier to become a CNA then apply to Nursing school and try to get in?

2) Is it easier to become an LPN then apply to a Nursing school and try to be accepted?

3) Whats the most efficient and fast way of becoming a RN?

I was thinking about going for my CNA in Jan. of 2008 and hopefully transfering to a nursing school in Fall of 2008. Or is it better to go and find a school for a 2 year degree in LPN or RN then becoming an RN? Any info would be deeply appreciated.

A typical student who goes for a BSN in nursing will take 3.5-4 years.

My situations is this, I am in a private university, no such things as a wait list, more expensive. I started in April of this year, 2007, and will be completed and ready for my NCLEX by June 2009. This includes ALL my pre reqs. Had I already had my pre reqs, I could complete our program in 18 months. I will have my ASN, associates of science in nursing, and be an RN, after I pass NCLEX. Now at that point I will be 2 years into schooling and be an RN. I will take my BSN classes online, as my school offers this as well, this will take 1 more year. and in 3 years time I will have my BSN in nursing. WAY Faster then traditional method. PLUS the last year I will be working and making money, and gaining experience while getting my BSN.

Good luck in what you decide to do.

In my opinion, it would be a waste of time to become a CNA, (unless you just want to work in the nursing arena). You still have to take your prerequisite classes, such as, English, Algebra, World history, Anatomy Physiology, Microbiology etc. You have to complete these core classes with satisfactory grades before taking the NET or Nurse Entrance Test. None of the credits from a CNA program will transfer, but some credits from the LPN program does transfer, it depends on your school. Also an LPN is not a degree program, it is a licencse to practice nursing in your state, you receive a diploma or certificate. My advice is to aim for the top, become an RN.

I can reply to this message on a more personal level. I graduated from a four year school Dec 2005. Couldn’t get a job in my field to save my life. I first thought I wanted to be a teacher, but after even struggling with that decision, I decided to pursue nursing which is something I wanted to do while in school the first go around. Getting there was the problem. It was the middle of the Fall 2006 semester when I decided to got to nursing school. I couldn’t apply for admission into a new school until Spring of 07. My crazy self decided that I could go to the community college, become a CNA (which is now a requirement before they’ll even accept you into an ADN program) then start my pre reqs over the summer. I took general psyc over the summer since I got a D on it during my first degree and a D won’t transfer. I’m now at this school that offers an Accelerated BSN program for those with a degree in a field other than nursing. The program will take 13 months to complete. Basically, if I were you and was planning on applying to an ADN program, I would become a CNA first, especially if it’s a requirement. If you’re planning on going to a four year school, I wouldn’t worry about the NA certification because they’ll certify you after a few semesters into the program. It does help to be a CNA because you’d have relevent experience. But if you don’t want to waste the time to become certified, you could be a volunteer. I just started working as a CNA after being certified in March. I work at a teaching hospital which is cool. I just learned that they have a CNA program that allows you get certified in 2 WEEKS. The program I enrolled in at the community college took 2 MONTHS. As far as the whole LPN thing goes, I probably wouldn’t even waste my time. I’ve been doing some research and from what I’ve read less and less hospitals are hiring LPN’s but if you plan to work at maybe a prison, or a rest home then go for it.

A typical student who goes for a BSN in nursing will take 3.5-4 years.

My situations is this, I am in a private university, no such things as a wait list, more expensive. I started in April of this year, 2007, and will be completed and ready for my NCLEX by June 2009. This includes ALL my pre reqs. Had I already had my pre reqs, I could complete our program in 18 months. I will have my ASN, associates of science in nursing, and be an RN, after I pass NCLEX. Now at that point I will be 2 years into schooling and be an RN. I will take my BSN classes online, as my school offers this as well, this will take 1 more year. and in 3 years time I will have my BSN in nursing. WAY Faster then traditional method. PLUS the last year I will be working and making money, and gaining experience while getting my BSN.

Good luck in what you decide to do.

Wow I really like that method. I wish that was available everywhere.

It really depends on the school you go to.

I have heard others on the board state that their school requires you become a CNA first or give you extra points if you do.

Others schools do not care, won’t even ask that on the application so having it is just a big waste of time. They will not give you extra points or any advantage for doing it.

So pick a school out and work on the requirments that the school you want to go to has.

As far as a LPN it will not help you get into RN school. If you go that route you will have to take pre reqs for the LPN program, and then get accepted, and its tough to get into just like the RN programs. Then once in most take a year, and you will get a certificate. Then you will have to go back to CC and take more pre reqs and reapply to an RN bridge program, get accepted and do that before getting a degree, and sitting for the state exam. Its actually a much longer road.

Here are some of my questions I need opinions and Former RN’s to help with this:

1) Is it easier to become a CNA then apply to Nursing school and try to get in?

2) Is it easier to become an LPN then apply to a Nursing school and try to be accepted?

3) Whats the most efficient and fast way of becoming a RN?

I was thinking about going for my CNA in Jan. of 2008 and hopefully transfering to a nursing school in Fall of 2008. Or is it better to go and find a school for a 2 year degree in LPN or RN then becoming an RN? Any info would be deeply appreciated.

how are you doing.

Which university you study?

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A typical student who goes for a BSN in nursing will take 3.5-4 years.

My situations is this, I am in a private university, no such things as a wait list, more expensive. I started in April of this year, 2007, and will be completed and ready for my NCLEX by June 2009. This includes ALL my pre reqs. Had I already had my pre reqs, I could complete our program in 18 months. I will have my ASN, associates of science in nursing, and be an RN, after I pass NCLEX. Now at that point I will be 2 years into schooling and be an RN. I will take my BSN classes online, as my school offers this as well, this will take 1 more year. and in 3 years time I will have my BSN in nursing. WAY Faster then traditional method. PLUS the last year I will be working and making money, and gaining experience while getting my BSN.

Good luck in what you decide to do.

Wow I really like that method. I wish that was available everywhere.

Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Feb 26, ’09. Reason. to tidy up

I know this thread is old but what school was that where you became an rn in 3 years and then took 1 year to have a bsn??Am I correct when I say to become an rn with a bsn it takes 6 years??is that how it works.


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​Your Day Is About To Be Wasted By This Classic Car Search Engine

If you spend inordinate amounts of time trolling through the interwebs to find that perfect car you’ll never own (hi!), life just got simpler. It’s called Tailpipe. and your HR person will not be pleased.

Unlike the scads of shoddy, ugly solutions that scan multiple sites for classified ads (looking at you SearchTempest), Tailpipe gets right to what you want, and manages to make it attractive in the process.

It’s strictly for classics, so if you’re looking for, say, a vintage Range Rover. it scans through Craigslist, eBay Motors, Hemmings, and others to find what you’re after. You can narrow things down by year and price, but location-based searches aren’t baked in yet. However, if you’re regularly searching for one particular unicorn, you can get email updates when a new listing posts. Now if you’ll excuse me.

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Any Kilgore College RN students out there?

I am a third level student will graduate in Dec. I think it’s a great program, I really like that we go straight thru, the first semester is tough because you have foundations and pharmacology, but after that each class lasts seven weeks: 2nd semster is psych/med/surg 1; 3rd semester is OB med surg 2; 4th semester is pedi med/surg 3 w/management. You have to be really focused because you can’t miss even 1 whole lecture day or you will be dropped because it is more than a 12% absence which is against school policy. So just get everything in order and go for it.

hey Iam finishing all my pre classes this fall and taking classes this summer I will also be applying to the RN program at kilgore in aug to start in the spring. I have heard good and bad from the program but I am taking the CNA course classes in longview and people in the LVN program say it is intense but they have a good program and also heard from a a girl who dropped out of the RN program that they had a lot of pppl drop out because of the teachers well hey you should e-mail me or msg me on here i have been looking for ppl who are going in to the RN program in kilgore to share information and study well lemme know

I will graduate in Dec it is intense, but my experience has been good. There are a few teachers who I would not want again, but overall the teachers are understanding. The key, I think, is to be prepared and don’t get behind because there is no time to make up anything. Good Luck!

Hey thanks that really clears up what I have heard. AN yea I have been planning for a long time and will have it worked out where I will not be working during my school. my problem is finding people who I can study with, or that want to. is there any advise you could give me about anything i could do to prepare my self before the program starts like any books to read or anything? once again thank you for your help and CONGRADULATIONS.

hey guys- i’m new to the forum and i am starting my rn support courses this summer and hope to be able to apply to the spring 2010 rn program at kilgore college in kilgore, tx. is there anyone else out there that has gone through there program?

good luck! i just graduated from kilgore in may. there are several bad things i can say about the program, but i won’t. i’ll focus on the good. one good thing is that you’ll get done a lot sooner because it is a straight 16 month program. i wouldn’t advise you to try looking at any of the lecture material before hand. everything will be explained in class once you are accepted into clinicals. any other questions, feel free to ask.

hello im in the same boat, imat tcc but applying outside the district, i was wontin to know if anyone that is in the program now can tell me what the main gpa they take. im applying for the spring and the classes they want i have a 3.3 but im gon to retake nutrition this fall. and the test net what is that.


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Is This the Best Search Engine Ever for New & Used Cars?

Wise Bread Picks

The site is one I found quite by accident. I’m not in the market for a used car, I was actually looking for a quote from Bill Shakespeare’s The Tempest and stumbled upon this gem. Ahh, I love the Internet. The site is called AutoTempest.com. It’s only in Beta right now, but the results are awesome!

In the past, when I was searching for a used car, I would bring up the usual suspects cars.com, kbb.com, edmunds.com. With three windows or tabs open, I would flick between them all looking for the best price, the lowest miles, and the best financing option available.

That was time-consuming and a hassle. But I never thought any more about it until I started pushing the buttons of this new site. (It’s like Kayak.com but for new and used cars.) As regular Wise Bread readers know, I’m a huge fan of sites and gadgets that save you time and money. Put a check mark next to both of those categories for AutoTempest.com.

The interface is simple enough. Enter the make and model of the car you’re looking for, along with the location, year, price and mileage. Sure, those are the usual features, but AutoTempest goes a little further.

With the advanced search, you can add-in transmission, body style, seller type, and even choose to search collector or niche sites.

After your data is input, you hit search. And then you’re greeted with the results from around seven different auto-buying websites. One includes craigslist, and when you get to that page the results will be further chopped down into areas in your state. You know what they say, location is everything.

I’d like to point out, as always, that this is not a paid endorsement or even one that was requested. When I find services or products I genuinely like or enjoy, I think Wise Bread readers will as well. And that’s why I’m passing this on to you.

As the site is in Beta, it’s also a great chance to kick the tires (ouch, no pun intended) and let the maker’s of AutoTempest know what you think of the site. what is working, and what isn’t. Hopefully, it will help them create a more robust option for the official launch.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for a new motor, try it out. I hope it saves you a bunch of time and money on your next vehicle. I know I’ll be using it to find mine.


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3 I’m a high school student who aspires to become a nurse and later on a nurse practitioner. Because of this, I want to get my Bachelor’s first, (not ADN) and then move on from there. I obviously need to do my pre-reqs and all that but I’m confused about the path of becoming a RN.

I’m confused on the meaning of RN-BSN. Does this mean that when you are a registered nurse, you go get your bachelors? That doesn’t make sense to me because I thought you needed your Bachelor’s to become an RN.

I’m graduating high school this year and interested in becoming an RN(hopefully an NP later on in the future) but I’m confused on how to go about this.

I hear some folks say that nursing school IS a 4-year college, but some say that you go to a 4-year school, complete your pre-reqs THEN apply to a nursing school. Which is it?

I know my questions seem pretty simple to some but I really want to try to make the best decisions and take the best routes to help me in my future career.

I went on several websites and they say that this program is for people who already are RN’s. I don’t understand this. I thought if you want your Bachelors, you go to a RN-BSN program?

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Last edit by Joe V on Feb 15, ’17

The routes of nursing that pertain to your situation and questions:

1) RN program – usually at a community college or vocational school. Such programs earn you the qualification to sit for an RN license. If at a community college, you probably also earn an associate’s degree at the same time. ASN (Associates of science in nursing). There are also still a few diploma schools out there which are hospital based programs that grant ability to sit for RN licensure. RN programs tend to take 3 years. Either 3 straight years, or 1 year of pre-reqs and 2 years of full-time coursework.

2) RN-BSN program – through a university. Either 4 years of integrated general education, nursing education or 2 years of pre-reqs/gen ed and then 2 years of nursing education, both ending in a bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of science in nursing BSN) along with qualification to sit for RN licensure.

For those who earned their RN directly, there are programs out there specifically for them to earn a BSN (RN-to-BSN), usually 1-2 years.

You might wonder why one would choose option 1 over option 2 since option two is only one year longer and gets you a bachelor’s as well. One reason might be that community colleges are usually less expensive than universities. Another is that community colleges are more likely to offer part-time coursework or alternate schedules for those working full-time jobs.

Finally, each school has it’s own strengths and weaknesses and each student has their own strengths and weaknesses. One school might be well known for structure and if a student knows they do well with structure they might decide to choose that school. If a local school is well-known for training up confident, competent nurses, someone might choose that one over a big name university with new, unproven nursing program.

Good luck with your schooling decisions!

Last edit by jjjoy on Dec 31, ’07

Thanks to everyone who has replied to this thread. I was in the same state of confusion. I am presently going throtugh a 3 year program to earn an RN, By next year i’ll be an RN here in Nigeria. however i intend coming over to the USA to obtain a Bsc in Nursing.
Can anyone recommend a good University and tell the me the requirement?
Thanks.

I’m a high school student to aspires to become a nurse and later on a nurse practitioner. Because of this, I want to get my Bachelor’s first, (not ADN) and then move on from there. I obvisouly need to do my pre-reqs and all that but I’m confused about the path of becoming a RN.

I’m confused on the meaning of RN-BSN. Does this mean that when you are a registered nurse, you go get your bachelors? That dosen’t make sense to me because I thought you needed your Bachelor’s to become an RN.

I’m graduating high school this year and interested in becoming an RN(hopefully an NP later on in the future) but I’m confused on how to go about this.

I hear some folks say that nursing school IS a 4-year college, but some say that you go to a 4-year school, complete your pre-reqs THEN apply to a nursing school. Which is it?

I know my questions seem pretty simple to some but I really want to try to make the best desicions and take the best routes to help me in my future career.

– I went on severel websites and they say that this program is for people who already are RN’s. I don’t understand this. I thought if you want your Bachelors, you go to a RN-BSN program?

there are programs at 4 year colleges/universities that after 4 years, you are an RN with your BSN.

There are many different means to RN-BSN. 1) An person which has a Bachelors of Science in another field can do what they call and bridge program and become an RN. 2) An LPN which desires to further his/her nursing career and continue their studies instead of starting from the beginning 3) An RN which has either a diploma or Associates degree can obtain her Bachelor’s.
And to answer your other part of your question about what direction to go in Nursing, according to what the profession states when you have and Associate Degree you are just considered a technical nurse and with a Bachelors you are a Professional Nurse . Even though when you get your license it will Registered Professional Nurse. Word to the wise, choose the path that works best for you, do not become stressed out and regardless of a big name school or a community college, we are all taught the same things and are all considered nurse. GOD LUCK. spin:


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Denver Auto Show: 5 Last-Minute Facts About This Week + Weekend

If you haven’t heard, the Denver Auto Show is taking over Colorado, starting today. Thousands of car enthusiasts and those searching for a new vehicle are heading downtown to get a look behind the wheel of some of the best cars on the market today. Schomp MINI is representing the MINIs at the Denver Auto Show, and you won’t want to miss seeing the MINIs that we have inside the building.

If you’ve never been to the Denver Auto Show before, we’ve put a list together of five things you should know before heading downtown to see the lineup of cars. Come stop by the MINI booth and sit behind the wheel of a brand-new MINI Cooper.

Denver Auto Show 5 things you should know

SCHEDULE

Starting today, the Denver Auto Show open its doors to the public for five days of fun. It open at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, but has earlier hours everyday after. Today also happens to be Military Day, which lets active and retired military personnel free admission, with appropriate military ID (white active duty or blue retired military cards).

LOCATION

Colorado Convention Center

TICKETS

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Is Bring a Trailer Auctions the best way to sell your collector car online? We listed this MGC GT and found out #auto #air #conditioning #repair


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Is Bring a Trailer Auctions the best way to sell your collector car online? We listed this MGC GT and found out

BaT Auctions isn’t taking aim at the titans, and that’s great for enthusiasts

The barrier to entry for new online auction sites had seemed pretty impregnable — 15 feet of electrified chain-link topped with razor wire impregnable. Hell, if Amazon failed miserably at it, why would Bring a Trailer. a relatively small Bay Area-based site (albeit one with an impressive cult following) take a shot at eBay?

Probably because it thought it could be done better. Isn t that the dream of most startups that take on entrenched market leaders? Having sold my share of cars on eBay Motors over the years, and now having sold my first on BaT — a 1968 MGC GT — I m in a reasonable position to talk about how it s done.

BaT is never going to compete with eBay on volume, nor does it want to. It takes a selective/curated approach to what it does, not unlike the leading catalog auction houses in the live-auction world. If BaT doesn t think its audience will find a car interesting, the car won t be listed.

A live-updating comment section, a BaT hallmark found at the bottom of each post, adds a unique and often helpful aspect to each listing. Unlike eBay, where sellers can choose to publish their answers to bidder questions (or not), followers get to publicly grill the seller on BaT; the threads often break 100 comments.

I ve always said that the old-car hobby has its share of insufferable know-it-alls, and to be sure there is some of that in the BaT community, but legitimate subject matter experts almost always show up and I generally learn something from the comments. Abusive or patently unhelpful comments can also be flagged for removal by the community. (The MGC auction had a total of 95 comments and bids; you can read through the thread, as well as the totally transparent bid history, at the bottom of the archived listing to get a good feel for the typical back-and-forth.)

Car Life

Movers and shakers: Bring a Trailer founder Randy Nonnenberg

He can t tell you what got him hooked, but California native Randy Nonnenberg has always had a thing for automotive classifieds. He d scour papers for interesting cars when he should have.

With relatively low volume and just $250 for a listing fee, plus a 5 percent buyer s premium paid by the auction winner, BaT s sell-through rate needs to be high — and at over 84 percent, it is. They appear to achieve that rate by doing some of the same things that the better live auction companies do: they write good descriptions, curate compelling cars and manage sellers expectations effectively. In my case, I suggested a particular reserve price and was gently told that I needed to consider something slightly lower (which I did).

BaT seems to follow other practices of the better live auction companies, too, like lining up a critical mass of interested/qualified bidders (all of whom have credit cards on file with BaT to ensure legitimacy).

Of late, eBay seems to be producing more lookers than bidders; I ve conducted eBay auctions that have had over 4,000 views and 200-plus followers, yet haven t translated into good results. In fact, the last two cars that I sold on eBay went to dealers, a sure sign that a car sold for under the money. Few things piss me off more than seeing my car for sale on a dealer s site, two hours after the auction ends (with my photos) for 20 percent more than I realized — money clearly and painfully left on the table.

BaT, by contrast, seems like more of a retail market. And the last-second sniping that is so annoying about eBay? It doesn t exist on BaT. The clock resets to three minutes after each late bid.

Further, and unlike eBay, where an unsuccessful seller s only option is to relist the car, BaT does what live auction companies do, continuing to assist in marketing the car in the rare instance that it doesn t meet reserve.

On the whole, BaT founder Randy Nonnenberg has created something that eBay, as a publicly traded company with big expectations, can t: a vibrant, serious online niche market for interesting collector cars.

To find out how to list your car or to register to bid, visit BaT Auctions .