#225, Chris Bright talks Collector Part Exchange success

James Raia

Collector Part Exchange is a new online automotive resource.

Chris Bright remains as enthusiastic and energized as the vintage car enthusiast and businessman was last July when his new company Collector Part Exchange debuted.

Bruce Aldrich and I interviewed Bright last summer, just before Monterey Auto Week, for Episode #190 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Collector Part Exchange: Nearing One-Year Anniversary

Chris Bright is the co-founder of Collector Part Exchange.
Chris Bright is the co-founder of Collector Part Exchange.

A few weeks later, we met him and his business partner and co-founder Aaron Laliberte at the annual show to talk all things vintage cars and online businesses.

Bruce is on vacation this week traveling on another sojourn with his wife Alene in their new Recreational Vehicles So I interviewed Bright from his home in Portland, Oregon in Episode #225.

Much has happened for Collector Part Exchange in its short tenure. It’s promoted as a modern-day global automotive swap meet for vintage parts. The niche wasn’t being addressed online, but it is now.

“It’s all been moving in the right direction, which is what you hope for when you start a business,” said Bright, a tech entrepreneur who switched careers when his previous company was acquired to start Collector Part Exchange. “One of the things I’ve always been frustrated with as a car person was trying to find parts for my cars.”

Collector Part Exchange: Niche Market

“Trying to find parts online was very frustrating. It’s typically more of an old school space with telephone calls and lots of back and forth trying to get what you need.”

Bright, who has a master degree in international affairs from George Washington University, worked in high tech startups for more than 25 years. Most recently he co-founded a legal software company called Zapproved. It was acquired by Vista Equity Partners.

Collector Park Exchange also recently featured its first auction, and Bright also publishes a free weekly e-newsletter. Each edition features an interview or opinion from the author, and it highlights available vintage parts area on the site.

Visit: www.collectorpartexchage.com

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Article Last Updated: May 3, 2022.

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