New marketplace CarSpring starts with home-delivery for pre-owned cars

12 MAY 2015, LONDON, UK
Summary
A previously owned car delivered right onto your doorstep. That’s the service CarSpring, which launched today in London, provides for their customers. The new online marketplace acts as a matchmaker of sellers and buyers of pre-owned vehicles. The company’s aim is to take over all the unpopular side effects of car buying - from paperwork to transportation. CarSpring is currently available in London and surrounding areas.

CarSpring aims to provide the easiest and most convenient solution for people who want to sell and buy pre-owned cars. To receive an initial quote owners just need to enter their cars’ license plate number on the company’s website, when satisfied with the initial quote the seller can directly book an inspection with one of the company’s professional inspectors. Once the car has passed its thorough 200-point inspection CarSpring will list the car on its website free of charge and will find the best match between buyers and sellers. If CarSpring cannot find a buyer for a car within 30 days it will offer to buy the car itself.

The cars will be delivered right to the customer’s doorstep. Instead of a regular test drive, every car can be tried by the new owners for 14 days with a money-back guarantee. The best thing about it: If the buyer isn’t happy with his car, CarSpring will also pick it up from the doorstep - free of charge. CarSpring’s co-founder, Maximilian Vollenbroich, explains one of the key principles of the service: “Buying and selling a car can be a tremendous effort in terms of research and purchase. The selection on the market is huge and not everybody is honest about the facts. We want to provide a solution to a trusted, safe, convenient and full-service package.” 

“Cars are more than just a form of transportation. Cars tell a story, they are part of our steps in life. That’s why we want to act as a matchmaker/trusted advisor instead of a salesperson”, says Vollenbroich .

CarSpring’s core service are its professional inspectors, who visit every seller’s home to evaluate the car. Every car undergoes a strict examination by licensed mechanics who check every vehicle through their paces with a 200-point checklist.

According to the British Car Auction Report, “The Used Car Market Report 2014,” the pre-owned car volume has risen for the fifth year in a row. The overall value in 2013 was £42.7 billion which counts for the biggest market in Europe. Three-quarters of car owners plan to buy a pre-owned car when they are ready for a new vehicle. The deciding factor for customers buying a pre-owned car is most typically the price.

How it all works:

On the website www.CarSpring.co.uk customers can choose to buy a car from a hand-picked selection or sell their used car in two short steps. All cars are being checked and tested by the CarSpring inspectors and the paperwork will be handled by the company. CarSpring is a matchmaker, bringing potential buyers and sellers together. The inspection, valuation and delivery is for free. The car will be delivered right to the doorstep. Customers pay online via commonly accepted payment methods. The startup is currently active in London and surrounding areas.

About CarSpring

CarSpring (www.CarSpring.co.uk) is the new online marketplace for previously owned cars. It matches sellers and buyers of pre-owned cars to guarantee a hassle free way of pre-ownedcar dealing. Peter Baumgart and Maximilian Vollenbroich are the two co-founders behind CarSpring. The company is supported by Rocket Internet, the world’s largest Internet platform outside the US and China.

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Rocket Internet incubates and invests in Internet companies with proven business models. It provides operational support to its companies and helps them scale internationally. Rocket Internet focuses predominantly on four industry sectors of online and mobile retail and services that make up a significant share of consumer spending: Food & Groceries, Fashion, General Merchandise and Home & Living. Rocket Internet’s selected companies are active in a large number of countries around the world with more than 28,000 employees. Rocket Internet SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000A12UKK6, RKET). For further information please visit www.rocket-internet.com.

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