Car retail platforms are beginning to look into mobility services and other new options to change how consumers buy their cars. Several new startups are venturing into the space and attempting strategies.
Some of these companies are offering platforms to reach new customers and to remain part of the ecosystem alongside dealerships, while others, such as Cazoo, are looking to be direct competitors.
AM has put together a selection of start-ups that are looking to build volume in the UK car market to help dealers decide if it’s better to partner up or forge their own way ahead.
Brothers Austin and Oliver Collins launched BuyaCar in 2002. It offers an online remarketing channel for dealers to help manage the distance selling of nearly-new and used car stock.
It is still run by the brothers, but after building up the business it was acquired in 2014 by Dennis Publishing, the parent company behind Auto Express magazine and carbuyer.co.uk. BuyaCar uses that publishing audience of more than six million readers to market its services. More than 700,000 browsers look through stock on the Buyacar platform each month.
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