The Daily Vroom

Good morning, Vroomers!

Today, we have highlighted one of the biggest questions you’ve been emailing me about that exists on BaT and more and more on Cars & Bids. Read my take below and I’d love to get your opinion.

The Double-Edged Sword of Community Engagement on BaT

Bring a Trailer has long been lauded for its unique community-driven platform that significantly enhances the classic and collector car auction process. This community is often cited as BaT's "secret ingredient," a cornerstone that has propelled the platform to a billion-dollar valuation. However, recent discussions have highlighted a growing concern among users—non-constructive comments that could be dampening the overall community spirit and potentially turning prospective buyers away.

The Power of Community Due Diligence

BaT's community is integral to its operation. When a car is listed, the community jumps into action, performing due diligence that might otherwise be overlooked. This level of engagement is not only unique but invaluable, often uncovering details about a vehicle’s history, authenticity, and condition that might not be evident from the listing alone. It's a perfect example of crowd-sourced knowledge benefiting individual buyers and sellers, ensuring transparency and trust in transactions.

The Issue of Non-Constructive Comments

On the flip side, there is an increasing volume of comments that stray from constructive criticism into the realm of unhelpful negativity. Randy the founder, points out that while the platform champions open discussion and diverse opinions, the value of these discussions diminishes when comments become repetitive and dismissive, such as endless variations of "it's ugly" or "it's stupid."

This type of feedback, often from users who have no intention of bidding, can unfairly skew the perception of a vehicle and discourage serious bidders. It can also create a hostile environment that might deter sellers from listing their vehicles, fearing undue criticism rather than constructive debate.

Community Self-Policing and Its Limits

BaT has mechanisms in place to mitigate this issue, including a community policing system where comments can be flagged for being inappropriate. While this system generally works well, with the community quick to call out and correct unhelpful behaviors, it's not foolproof. High volumes of non-constructive comments still slip through, leading to flagged discussions that may or may not be rightfully moderated.

The Need for Balance

The challenge for BaT and its community is finding a balance between fostering a vibrant, informative forum and preventing it from devolving into negativity that could harm the platform’s ethos. Encouraging more users to engage constructively could help maintain the integrity of discussions. Moreover, reinforcing the guidelines for comments and enhancing the effectiveness of moderation tools might also ensure that all voices are heard but that none are allowed to drown out meaningful discourse with noise.


As BaT continues to thrive as a hub for car enthusiasts, the role of its community has never been more critical. The platform must navigate these waters carefully, ensuring that it remains a welcoming place for both seasoned collectors and newcomers alike. The community's power is immense, and with great power comes great responsibility—BaT's continued success will depend on how well it manages this vibrant but potentially double-edged sword.

Spotlight On Auctions Ending Today

This track beast is waiting for a new owner. With history in Germany, Thailand and France, this car has also traveled the world and, presumably, lived in interesting garages around the world. With a fresh service in 2022 and no additional miles added since then, this should be ready to transport to your mechanic of choice for a technical check and then off to the track.

I love the E38 long wheelbase variant. It just has great proportions. Neglected V12s can be a nightmare, but those with regular use and maintenance can be a dream come true. This one is clean, regularly serviced and available at no reserve.

This car brings back many memories for me. My mom had a 79 Caprice in blue. These were great cars and more refined than the later models that were beefed up to be taxis and police cars. This is one of a few cars relisted this week due to non-performing buyers in March. Hopefully at no reserve this one finds a new home this week.

This stunning topless Swede is seeking a new garage home. These always seemed to be unnecessarily unusual to me. Don't get me wrong, they were great cars, but some of the innovative designs just seemed more odd and less practical to me. Put the ignition key in the center of the console floor where crumbs, spills and raindrops were likely to gum them up?

Lift the hood up and find that it is near impossible to work on the engine underneath? But with age, these quirks seem to hold up well for me. Bidding seems to be far below reserve, but hey, you never know… If nothing else, this may end up in the deal tank by the end of the week.

The 1976 912 may be the least desirable of the air cooled Porsches. If there were a 911 variant that would be ideal for electric conversion, this would be it.

A driving video would be helpful here, as we are left to imagine what a silent drive in this conversion might be like. This conversion left the manual transmission in place (it would usually have been swapped for direct drive) and one of the commenters asked how the driver knows the shift points, without being able to hear the engine. I am curious about this as well.

The car is located in Canada, where US importation is generally straightforward, except I wonder how both customs and US officials feel about electric conversions and how they get documented. It is a cool build. I hope that the buyer shows us more detail about how it works and what it is like to drive.