In this episode of the JBR Capital Fund Your Passion podcast, host Amanda Stretton and co-host Darren Selig sit down with Dean Bartle, founder of DMB Collection, to explore the world of collectible cars. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including how Dean got started in the industry, his approach to building his business, and the unique cars in his collection. Dean talks about his love for cars, from admiring Ferraris at a young age to working with Porsches and other sports cars. He also shares his insights on the role of social media in the industry and the future of collectible cars in an era of electric and hybrid vehicles. If you’re passionate about cars, this episode is not to be missed!
How do you decide your inventory at DMB Collection?
It’s quite simple. Really. I think I’ve just decided it’s whatever I like, if I really like it, and it’s suitable for the inventory. So, I don’t generally bring cars into stock that I don’t like or if it hasn’t got quite the right specification if I don’t think it’s good for sale. I think the idea is, you know, I’m a petrol head at heart. I speak to all the customers, I know what they’re like and, and things like that.
You’ve previously worked with Citroen with Porsche. What has that experience brought to this business?
Those were the foundation blocks, for gaining experience with lots of different brands, I think, I probably cut my teeth a little bit really at Porsche, I suppose with the sportsman supercar world, which was great.
What’s your favourite car in the showroom?
It is hard for me to put my finger on one car. Its probably the Carrera GT, because I know a lot about them and how special the car is. I think it is an incredible iconic car. It has a place in my heart, as I got to see them being built in Leipzig, Germany. However, there are so many different cars and I enjoy them in different ways.
COVID was obviously a difficult time. But you were still selling. You used social media a lot to promote what you’ve got. Yeah. Has that changed now that we’ve of opened?
I think social media is still a very powerful and influential tool. I’ve always worked with it. I think it’s fantastic. It extends the reach. You know, a lot of people just advertise on Auto trader, Piston Heads, things like that. But it costs nothing to advertise them yourself on your Instagram platform. So, we still do a lot of business on Instagram.
Can people walk in from the road to look around the showroom?
I think it’s a little bit different here. Because we don’t have signs up outside on the on the main road. We are very secluded and very private, so we don’t generally get people walking in. When clients come in, they make an appointment on a particular car, and when they arrive, that’s quite excited to see it. I think it’s because we’ve got the fabulous opportunity of driving the car on the roadway. That just heightens the passion experience for the car. And you know, literally 99% of the time, they’ll buy the car.