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Introducing RideCache to organize, manage your vehicles w/special offer for MBWorld

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Post Introducing RideCache to organize, manage your vehicles w/special offer for MBWorld

RideCache (pronounced “ride-cash”) is a brand new web application and service designed to help car enthusiasts and collectors digitally organize, manage and preserve everything they do to and with their vehicles. Previously only available to private collectors and a few select car clubs and organizations, RideCache is now broadly available and we are excited to be new sponsors here at MBWorld.

Here are answers to a few common questions about RideCache:

“Why an app when paper/spreadsheet works just fine?” Well, the old school method really is just fine for some folks and that is OK – we don’t expect RideCache to be for everyone – but here are a few ways we believe an online app (and RideCache in particular) is superior to the old methods.
  • Your information is safe, secure and not prone to loss through fire, flood, decay, loss, etc.
  • Everything in one place – maintenance records, important papers, part records, event records, notes and pictures – all in an organization system purpose-built for car enthusiasts
  • Easy to share with others if you choose - with fine grain privacy controls over who sees what
  • Easily searchable across multiple vehicles (ex: show me all of my batteries across all vehicles – boom, instant answer with info, receipts, pictures, etc).
  • Advanced features like notifications, designated managers, services, etc
  • Easy to transfer complete record to new owner
  • Accessible from any internet connected device, anywhere at any time
  • And finally – we won’t own these cars forever – there will be a next owner. And the likelihood is that the next owner will be from the Millennial generation (or even younger). These next generation car enthusiasts have grown up with, expect, and value digital solutions and they will value your car more if you can provide them with a well built RideCache record.
“OK, I get it, but there are tons of car sites/apps out there – how is RideCache different?” Great question – here are several reasons why we built RideCache and why we think it is different. (read more on our blog here: http://blog.ridecache.com/2016/01/13...ther-car-site/ )
  • Professional Tool, Not a Social Media Toy
    Being the best possible software tool for car enthusiasts and collectors is our primary goal, social is secondary.
  • Robust Privacy and Security
    With RideCache, you can confidently build a COMPLETE digital record of everything associated with your vehicles (yes, even titles, loan docs, appraisals, etc) - all in one place and safe from theft, fire, flood or loss.
  • Deep, Purpose-Built Feature Set for Enthusiasts
    Features to organize and manage tasks, wish lists, notifications, parts, paperwork, events and more. Notifications to monitor usage by time and/or mileage. Assigned managers to allow other trusted individuals access to help manage your account. And more.
  • Services and Support
    For those who want a great RideCache for their vehicles but don't have the time, ability or inclination to build their own we provide the RideCache Build and RideCache Valet services where our professionals will take your information and deliver a great RideCache for you.
  • Subscription-based, Pay Service
    And that is a good thing! It is about focus and development. Our focus is on you and your success and enjoyment as an enthusiast and collector. We spend all of our development dollars investing in ways to make your experience better - if we succeed and provide great value to you, we get paid.
    • No ads
    • Not trying to sell you anything
    • Not trying to sell your car
“Why does it cost money?” We do offer a free version plus a discount for MBWorld members for the advanced levels. RideCache is a subscription based service with plans that start at $20/yr for the Basic Plan that lets you manage 2 vehicles. The most popular plan is our Enthusiast Plan that lets you manage up to 8 vehicles for $50/yr (let’s face it, for many of us, this addiction goes way beyond 2 vehicles! And this allows you to also manage daily drivers).
  • The free version lets you manage 1 car with a few feature limitations (does not track events or resources). That version will be good enough for many people – and makes it easy for enthusiasts and collectors to try before subscribing. (we reserve the right to run ads on the free version – but there are none there now)
  • Professionally developed, highly secure, data intensive web applications cost money to develop, host and maintain. To pay for them and run a profitable business you either have to sell advertisements, sell the user’s data or charge a fee. There are lots of car sites that do a combination of the first 2; however, we believe that car enthusiasts that want and need this service are willing to pay a small fee for a service that is not covered in ads, not trying to sell them anything, and not mining their data for profit.
  • It is cheap! Considering the money we invest in our cars – the $50/yr cost for the enthusiast level subscription is probably less than the cost of an oil change on a single car (and with enthusiast level you can track/manage 8 cars). Plus we strongly believe that a well documented RideCache will easily pay back in tangible value when you go to sell your vehicle.
“Sounds like a lot of work…” RideCache is a tool. And like all great tools – you have to use them to realize their value. Many of you are already doing the work to scan receipts, build spreadsheets, upload pictures, etc – so for you RideCache will be an easy transition and a welcome integrated solution. For those that are pure paper today – yes, it will take some work – but we believe the payoff is significant.
  • There are many that love organizing and documenting everything that is associated with their vehicles – it is part of their joy of owning special vehicles. These people will love building their own RideCache for their vehicles.
  • There are others who may love the idea of having a beautiful RideCache for their cars, but do not have the time or ability to build it out on their own. For these people we offer the RideCache Build service. Starting at $250/vehicle (depending on the amount of documentation and assets that will need to be converted and uploaded), the professionals at RideCache will do the work for you and leave you with a professionally built RideCache.
  • We also offer a RideCache Valet service that will help maintain your account on an ongoing basis for a monthly fee per vehicle.
  • If you are interested in either the RideCache Build or RideCache Valet services, send us a PM and we will get you the details.

Finally, a demo is worth a thousand clicks!
  • Here is a short video demo of the main features of RideCache using a 2003 Mercedes-Benz W209:
  • Here is a nice video walkthrough from Danny Reed, a RideCache Collector Level subscriber. Danny worked with our team and utilized the RideCache Build service to build his RideCache for his 3 very special Corvettes. Watch a video tour of Danny’s RideCache here:
  • You can access Danny’s RideCache for yourself here and have a look around. Note that much of what is in Danny’s RideCache is private, or only shared with his approved “Riders” so there is a lot more behind the scenes in Danny’s RideCache – but there is still a ton to see. Be sure to click through the Tasks/Parts/Papers and Events tabs for each vehicle: https://ridecache.com/#/users/dannyreed

Offer: As a new sponsor, and for an introductory time period, we are offering forum members 50% off of your first year’s subscription with the code: MBWORLD50. Sign up at ridecache.com.
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