About Jose Zaragoza
Who is Jose Zaragoza?
Jose Zaragoza is the Founder of V8 Collections. He is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a tactical aircraft maintainer on F-16s and A-10s. He also hosts on Airbnb which maintains a 4.9 out of 5 rating.
My Life Story
I was born on December 1, 1984, in Fort Worth, Texas. From the beginning, I had V8 power and entrepreneurship in my blood, but we'll get into that later. Soon after birth, my father moved the family to a small town outside of Fort Worth, Glen Rose, Texas. We lived in a small trailer home, and I shared a room with my sister Crystal and my brother Albert. Both of my parents worked very hard, and since I was the oldest, I took care of my siblings. We all pitched in to cook and clean for ourselves.
Throughout my childhood, I surrounded by cars, car drawings, and hot wheels. My father would flip cars from auctions on the side hustle. I remember this late model third gen Camaro my father brought home when I was 4. I fell in love with that car and my love towards cars hasn't left. My mother was a manager at the local Dairy Queen, and she was loyal to it.
As soon as I could pick up a pencil, I drew cars. Throughout my entire childhood, my drawings covered my walls. The only thing I wanted for my birthday and Christmas was hot wheels. I collected many hot wheels, and I tracked of all my cars. When I turned 15, my father brought home a 1986 Pontiac Trans Am. I told my dad I wanted it and I would pay for it. I had no clue about cars yet, and I didn’t take care of that car. I didn’t buy another muscle car until I was 20.
When I finally began my career, I bought a 2000 Camaro Z28. I immediately bought the bolt on parts and soon after acquired my first speeding tickets. In the SAME DAY!! In the span of a month I cited, two speeding tickets, reckless driving, and excessive acceleration. By the way, never use the excuse your wife is in the hospital because cops will check all hospitals. Sorry I was young and foolish. I am proud to say I haven’t received another speeding ticket since.
I’m not sure if other car enthusiasts scan the auto trader or classifieds just for fun, but I do. I saw a beautiful inside and out 2000 Pontiac Firebird Formula. Installed were a mild heads and cam setup, an impressive Yank 4000 stall which hurt a lot of feelings at races (nicknamed “The Freak”), and a Strange 12 bolt rear end. The car was in immaculate condition with 29,000 miles. The car located near Poughkeepsie, NY and I wanted it. After a lot of communication, I traveled to snowy New York on December 17, 2005. I have never driven in snow, and it was an arduous trip back to Northwest Florida. The trip took me 29 hours because of snow on the road. I currently still own the car that is always in project car mode.
Growing up, I was always trying to flip something. When I was 5, I would take my parents change and buy NFL pencils for a quarter. I would turn around and sell the favorite pencils to kids.
My next big opportunity came at 17 when I had the chance to enter the Fort Worth Police Auction. A friend who was older than me got in the gates and hooked for the next two years. Things started to get better, and I was enjoying it. I was learning about sales, cars, and building relationships.
Most of my life has been around cars and familiar with the people. No matter which type of car they own there is one thing that hurts the pockets of racers which is how expensive car parts can be. So my ultimate goal is to fix that.
My Military Life
On June 14, 2004, I joined the United States Air Force as a tactical aircraft maintenance. I was gone to boot camp five days after meeting the recruiter's office. I enjoyed every moment from the physical part to the education. I enjoyed all the skills I gained in working on multi-million war machines. These skills gave me the confidence of removing and replacing engines, troubleshooting, being creative when a torque converter bolt head breaks off. I have been able to rebuild my cars and take pride in my work completely.
In 12 years (as of April 2017), I have deployed to Afghanistan twice totaling a year, lived in Korea for a total of two years, Italy for three years, and Japan for two years. I have traveled to 35 countries which have given me a vast scope of the world. The experiences I gained from traveling are priceless.
I have accomplished a lot in my military career and gained a wealth of knowledge. I made a lot of friends and new family members. Everything changed when I started reading books.
In recent years, I have been reading books on business, economics, history, philosophy, self-development and traveling. My thoughts on politics and how I view the world had been shaken up. I was addicted to learning more and more I read. I came across the book the Four Hour Work Week. This already large world has opened up more doors. In this book. Tim Ferriss travels to several countries and working over the internet. I was obsessed with the idea of exploring the world and running a business online.
A huge problem with this idea though. I was a rookie with the computer and the internet. I bought my first computer at the age of 20 which I didn't use much. I have a long way to go, and I have the ambition to figure it out. Luckily for the internet, it has taught me everything.
I finally developed the courage to open up a website. I loved traveling, and I had tons of content. The traveling space is heavily saturated and so many niches one could take. I navigated for a year trying to make a buck. I got one sale from a friend the entire year. I lost steam and was repeatedly advised to jump on the modern muscle car niche, so I finally shut down my traveling site. I don’t regret it because I used what I learned into my next website, V8 Collections.
I’m currently dividing my time with the military for 12 hours a day then go home and spend six to eight hours a day on the website. On days off, I work on the site for 10-12 hours a day. I’m not sure where this road will lead me, but I am enjoying the process. I am meeting awesome people on Instagram and Facebook.
Unfortunately, I am losing more money than I’m making and it is fine because it’s part of the learning by testing what people like and don’t like. I am teaching myself marketing which will be a valuable skill. I hope that my investments will pay off, so I don’t have to work for anyone else and continue this road.
So over the next few years, my number one goal is to share what I have learned from marketing to e-commerce and build my 1,000 hp Formula.
I have a few major goals I want to reach. First, take care of my mother as she is not well. Second is continue to help others build their empire on the e-commerce platform as I already have now. The third is to create a platform, like an Amazon, which will drastically lower the price of performance parts and deliver them fast! Just as Amazon began with books, I will start with muscle car apparel and parts.
I hope my story can build some trust and lead towards relationships. I firmly believe in working towards your passion which transcribes to a happy life.
Best of luck with your projects! Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.