|About||Servicing the automotive aftermarket with wheels and wheel accessories online since 2008.|
It began in a woodshed with an eBay account...
It was a rainy Seattle Spring in 2008 when John Derringer purchased a set of wheels and tires for his Subaru Legacy. He quickly realized he could make a few extra bucks on the side. So he purchased another set and resold them online for a small profit. “Let’s do it again”, he thought.
Before long, John had set up shop in his father’s woodshed in Tacoma, WA. Armed only with an eBay account and a dream. One set sold, then another, and another. After a few months of success, the woodshed started to seem smaller and smaller, so operations moved into a 20x10 Public Storage unit.
The product line expanded to include a collection of accessories like wheel nuts, wheel spacers, and TPMS sensors. But why stop there? We had the products. Why not offer services? Soon after, John negotiated an exclusive deal with a PVD chrome manufacturer in California. We now offered wheel chroming services for luxury car dealers in the Greater Seattle area.
By 2009, multiple Public Storage units had served their purpose and John moved into his first warehouse. It was time to grow the eCommerce business and expand our services. The next two years were a success. Driven Products grew a loyal fanbase in the Greater Seattle area and upgraded warehouse equipment to include a tire machine and forklift.
At the end of 2010, Driven Products began experimenting with retail installations and it worked. It worked really well! By 2011 it was time to move into a larger facility. A brick and mortar shop complete with a larger warehouse, showroom, and shower. Perfect conditions for a young entrepreneur who would spend most nights sleeping on the office couch.
The next two years were a lot of fun! The warehouse expanded to include state-of-art lifts and a robotic touchless tire machine. We sponsored a local race track where most of our days were spent driving and working on super cars. If it had something to do with wheels and tires, we did it!
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