dont run into crub.
Yes--up to a max of $300
Yes--up to a max of $450
Yes--up to a $600
No--I would not purchase
This idea started when I had to replace the outer barrel on one of my rims (19" Ace Forged on an M3 Cabrio) and was out about $600. Before y'all start with the "learn how to drive" BS let me tell you that I have been through Bondurant, have autocrossed, etc. Sometimes "stuff" happens. In my case it was a curb that I didnt see at a bank drive thru. A year before something similar happened when my wife hit a curb on a parking garage ramp. In total I was out about $1200. Judging from all the cars I see with curb rash it's not just me. So the real question is how many people care. Seems like people that dont give a damn about their cars are not my market, nor are people with 32" tires, or a lot of other people. Just trying to figure out if there are enough people out there to make this worthwhile.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I really appreciate it even if you're telling me this is the dumbest idea you've ever heard.
I really don't think there is a market for this. You're aiming at people that a) are very anal with the vehicles and having curb rash is a major issue with them (you have stated several times tons of cars have curb rash and most don't care, indicating most people do not fall into this category) and b) hit curbs often enough that they would benefit from this.
Usually people that are a) don't do b).
If you can afford stupid-cost high dollar wheels, replacing one isn't much of an issue, you got the stacks.
I'd bet your poll will get a very loud and resounding "not interested"
Here are my thoughts...
- Have you considered how your sensors will account for snow-covered curbs? In other words, will they mistake the snow as the curb, thus leaving the car parked too far away from the curb? In some areas of many cities, you can be ticketed for being parked too far away from the curb.
- I truly believe that enthusiasts would NOT want any additional sensors/devices protruding from underneath the side of the car or from the wheel wells. This sensor device would need to be undetectable.
- Conversely, I also believe that NON-enthusiasts, average Joe's who treat their cars as necessary appliances (IE: most drivers) would likely NOT buy the sensor either, because it's not an out-of-the-box part of the car from the dealership. An aftermarket item like this would likely be a turn off to non-enthusiasts because of what might be required of them to deal with such as:
... electrical connections
... calibrating the sensor position
... getting under the vehicle (potentially)
... getting under the hood
... mounting something on the dash (potentially)
... costs too high (potentially)
In other words, if non-enthusiasts could care less about how they treat their cars, then why would they put in the money and time to deal with installing an additional device?
- I think (ONLY IF THE PRICE IS LOW ENOUGH) your audience would be the people who buy the gimmicky low price add-on parts you see in auto parts stores such as:
... exhaust tips
... aftermarket emblems / hood ornaments
... universal spoilers
... side window rain guards
... bug guards
... deer whistles
... low quality subwoofer boxes
But keep in mind that these parts are usually priced quite low. The people who aren't afraid to throw random stuff onto their cars and spend money on these parts listed above AND install them at home are the people who would likely buy your sensors.
Just my opinions. Although I'm skeptical about it; if you decide to go through with it... good luck with it, succeed, and create some jobs for Americans!
That said, most of the feedback has been pretty negative. Not what I was hoping to hear, but very valuable. I really appreciate the constructive feedback and got a good laugh out of the RimJob naming suggestion.
Keep it coming. Thanks!
I actually would consider something like this.
The OEM wheels on my wifes Audi are not cheap by any means. In her last two cars, she has managed to curb the rims and it drives me crazy to own nice cars that have curbed rims.
So yes, I believe there is a market for something like this as long as the price was somewhere within the $100-$200 range.
Good luck and keep us informed.
People bought pet rocks....
For the right price I think it would sell ($300 is way too high in my opinion)
EDIT: If you have the patent, then why not just pitch the idea to some of the "sensor-happy" car companies out there?
Last edited by I live in Margaritaville; 02-09-2012 at 04:29 PM.