Imagine if 6500 trade-ins came to your workplace every single week.

You would be a rich man, right? Not quite. At the moment. you are a poorly paid security guard at this facility by the name of James. Let’s call you Bill James for now. Since it’s Bill the former security guard who is the inspiration for creating a database that will make sense out of all that data.

Click on the above database link for a moment. Then get a little background on Bill James as well. I will need your assistance to make this work.

Now consider this small foundation of numbers we have at the moment. Click away at all the information after you read this article because there is a lot that can be enjoyed by us auto enthusiasts.

What we have for the most part is a large ‘neutral’ database where no franchised dealership can tilt the inventory in favor of a particular brand. 300,000 vehicles a year will be evaluated every year under the following criteria.

  • Age
  • Mileage
  • Mechanical condition
  • Title History
  • Brand
  • Model

For right now, we have limited the information to a few basic questions. 

What car brands and models are usually kept for the long haul?

Which ones last over 180k and have minimal engine or transmission issues? Conversely, which ones are curbed before 120k miles specifically because they have powertrain defects?

Which cars and brands are worth a premium reputation? Which ones are rolling myths or monstrosities?

These are not easy questions and I won’t pretend that this database will furnish all the answers. We will add more data as time goes on. By the time 2015 rolls around, we’ll likely see over a million vehicles in this database which will be offered as a free service for auto enthusiasts, industry professionals and academia.

So for right now please take a visit to the database here and let us know what you think in the comments section.