It’s funny being a dinosaur, especially a motor industry one.
The more that things are done differently - or digitally, it seems - the more they stay exactly the same. I was intrigued to read that a company was offering used cars “delivered to the door” with 150 checks performed and a 14-day money-back guarantee.
Although the service is being launched about now, it has been around since the spring. Oh, and the company is called Carspring, although I didn’t ask why. Not that it ever matters these days. Witness eBay and Amazon.
Carspring’s founder, Max Vollenbroich, says: “Today, e-commerce is king, but the second-hand car market has struggled to evolve with the digital age in the way we’ve seen happen in most other sectors.” I met Max and he is a jolly nice chap.
On the face of it, what they’re doing is very traditional. They will buy cars from people like you and then check them over and sell them back to people like you. What they aim to cut out is the annoying bit: the car showroom. So all you have to do is click on the car you like the look of, pay and then a few days later someone drives or trailers it to your door. If you don’t like it, there is a 14-day money-back guarantee.