Frequently Asked Questions
We were formed out of years of frustration with the lack of real market data derived from a broad scope of sources, essential when buying and selling for, and consulting to, the world’s largest collections of rare high value marques. We identified that there were no complete, honest and truly independent sources of information about the size and scope of the markets for, and the specific vehicles produced by, the top high volume supercar marques – Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche. So we created SC Sage.
Marques and Models
Having started with Porsche, we have expanded to a total of 4 marques, 40+ model series and over 100 submodels, Further division is by body type and transmission. Current database totals can be found using the Count App.
There are no comparable services to SC Sage. Our combination of 70,000+ documented VINs, proprietary data gathering methodologies and data parsing techniques, vehicle marketing solutions and independence from a single data source does not exist elsewhere. We maintain more market data than the manufacturers of the marques we cover and we are the only source exclusively focused on Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche.
These disclaimers by Kelley Blue Book and the NADA guide sum it up best for the alternative resources to SC Sage:
‘Kelley Blue Book does not currently offer certain values for these exotics or low-volume vehicles since they are seldom seen in the market and can vary widely in value‘.
‘The NADA guide’s value is an attempt to value the daily-driven vehicle, not the quasi-collectible you possess.’
SC Sage has an agreement with Experian to provide AutoCheck reports on vehicles in its database at no additional charge to its members. Autocheck reports can be pulled on demand by authorized members. Pulled reports are displayed for all other members but are not updated on demand. Members can also request an AutoCheck report for vehicles in the database using the contact form.
Although our parent company Small Footprint Media is a licensed auto broker in the State of Nevada we do not currently engage in vehicle transactions.
We do not use third party data sources, analytics or software. We do use third parties for front end platform, data storage, network services, media publishing and some highly specialized processing. We are 100% self-developed and 100% self-contained.
Our proprietary spider is a sophisticated software application which acquires data using a highly advanced proprietary crawling technology designed for large scale web harvesting in compliance with robots exclusion protocols. It is the only ‘intelligent’ spider in the exotic autos space. Intelligent means that it does not blindly collect data and throw it into buckets without analyzing the data’s relevance or accuracy – blind data collection is the methodology employed by all large scale data amalgamators which is the reason sources such as KBB and NADA do not support the high value marques which we cover. Our spider only collects data for VINs in our database or VINs which we it can intelligently parse and add to the database. Data is collected daily.
Our proprietary applications provide windows into the data, analytics and other content related to specific vehicles and their model, sub model and body comps. Existing applications are under continual development to improve their depth and scope. New applications are continuously being developed to capitalize on our data and analytics. Some apps are restricted or metered with higher levels of service having greater access or generating a larger number of results.
Our pricing varies by the scope of the data, analytics and other content being provided. We are continuously expanding the services offered at each level without increasing cost. We do not limit access to vehicles by service levels, all users have access at their service level, to every vehicle in our database.
If you would like to change your membership level in order to gain access to additional content on our site, follow these simple instructions. These instructions also apply if you are interested in downgrading your membership level.
- Log in to your membership account.
- From your Membership Account, click the link to “Change”.
- The following screen will show you an overview of our available membership levels with links to upgrade or downgrade.
- After you select a new membership level, you will be directed to a checkout page in order to complete your membership subscription.
- Your previous subscription payment will be cancelled and a new subscription payment will be created. Your increased or decreased access will not be confirmed until a successful subscription payment has been received for your new membership level, if any.
Enthusiasts, Influencers, Market Experts, Bloggers, and Journalists
Private Buyers and Sellers
We level the playing field for consumers without breaking the bank, saving market transactors the dozens of hours it would take to gain even a fraction of an understanding of the market for a specific model or submodel let alone a specific vehicle. The money saved using SC Sage can only be measured by the utility cost of not using SC Sage.
Professional valuation estimators requiring proof of market values use SC Sage to establish real market numbers. SC Sage allows screen grabs which are forwarded to insurers and market transactors as part of the valuation package.
Collectors and Live Auction Participants
Auction participants understand that lot estimates are notoriously incorrect and often inflated over true market values. SC Sage provides real market price checking to guide smart money bidders. Auction houses also use SC Sage to try to set realistic opening bid requests as well as to set seller expectations prior to contracting.
Brokers and Traders
Intermediaries operating on razor thin commissions need to know at all times where the market is and where it is going. SC Sage is the only resource for daily updated market values and direction.
Franchise and Independent Dealers
Although they, particularly franchise operators, typically have access to more resources than most, dealers do not have access to the depth or scope of information available through SC Sage, other than through SC Sage. Smart dealers realize that having every market edge is necessary when transacting in high value vehicles where the money is won or lost in 30 to 45 day cash cycles. Taking trades requires real daily data, and consignments that are not correctly priced make the showroom floor look weak.
Success is knowing where the lightening is going to strike and being there when it does. Contact us if you have a special need.