2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Specializes In Military Jeeps
“We heard from guys who collected or appreciated military Jeeps that they didn’t want to post on other sites, so we started WarJeeps.com,” says Smith.
Smith is a Jeep lover himself but his career is working with super computers. More than 17 years ago, he combined the 2 loves when he set up JeepTruck.com and later SellAJeep.com. It was followed by WarJeeps. The sites soon took on lives of their own.
“When I started out, I wanted to combine my computer work with Jeeps. I love them both,” says Smith. “I tried selling some stuff online and was very frustrated with the process. I also wanted a way for Jeep fans to connect with others like themselves.”
Smith set up his websites to support the Jeep community with lots of information about upcoming events, feature stories and more. He also maintains YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts for all 3 sites.
The key component of each site is easy to access, free classified ads for Jeeps and Jeep parts.
“I wanted to make the process of selling online easier and more personal,” says Smith. “When you submit an ad, it is to me and my family, not a computerized, automated process. I get requests from people who don’t have a clue how to sell online. I help them, and the next thing they know they’ve sold a Jeep.”
The placement process is simple and very helpful. Go to the For Sale page, and scroll down to Place Ad. Click on it, and a screen pops up with an easy form to fill out. There is also a place to link to videos.
One of the best things about the form is clear instructions on how to take pictures that best present the Jeep.
Once the form is filled out and pictures are attached, Smith’s wife Joan does the programming to create the ad with the information provided. His son Brad does the artwork needed. Sons Tom and Mark, Jr. also have roles in the effort.
The Smiths run their business out of a 1978 Mapleleaf slide-in camper mounted to a 1978 Jeep J20. It also serves as home away from home when they travel to attend Jeep rallies and gatherings.
Smith relishes the contacts made, stories written for publications around the world, and helping Jeep lovers put together gatherings. The business is more than he could have imagined.
“When we started, I hoped the income would pay for posting the site,” he says. “We kept building it to where it covered our mortgage. It continues to grow.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Smith, 512 Oxford Rd., Morrisville, Penn. 19067 (ph 267 565-9681; www.warjeeps.com; www.jeeptruck.com; www.sellajeep.com; email@example.com).
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