The migration to buying cars online is becoming a real alternative to showroom shopping, according to recent used car sales data from across the US and Europe.
TIME magazine reports that 26% of Canadian buyers of second hand cars bought them online without seeing the car in person.
The internet is informing us more about cars, a McKinsey & Company Report ‘The Road to 2020 and beyond. What’s driving the automotive industry?’ published in 2012 quotes DAT German data showing that in 2000 14% of Germans were influenced ‘significantly’ by online information when buying a car, this figure jumped to 70% by 2012. Indeed the same report describes how 50% of Germans are willing to buy a car over the internet without ever having seen the car in person.
Closer to home the UK market saw internet sales of cars jump by 35% in 2012, this trend is supported from data from trade supply channels. British Car Auctions, Europe’s largest car auction business, reported that in 2011 20% of all commercial sales came online. Buying online is the big growth area in a fairly static second hand market.
Our online sales platform promises to increase competition on the Irish market with the choice of quality used cars to the Irish car buyer increasing 20,000 vehicles a week. Our hybrid business model combines the familiarity and support of the older dealership model with the prices and choice that only a more efficient online presence can offer.
Who are we?
My name is Richard Smith, I have a BSc and PhD in science from UCD. Before setting up UK Car Imports I spent 14 years in the area of Sales and Marketing of pharmaceuticals on the Irish Market with the last 4 years as Managing Director of Daiichi Sankyo Ireland, a Japanese company in the top 20 of Global Pharmaceutical sales. Look me up on LinkedIn. Moving to cars was easy, I love all things automotive and when you combine that with the potential of the internet, our business was born.
My Managing Partner is Jason Duffy, a man with petrol is his blood, not quite the 'stig' but a family history in the motor trade going back to the 1920’s. Jason has more than 20 years of experience at every level of the auto industry. Having moved to the UK in 1998 to develop the family business in the UK he now runs one of the largest domestic and international car sourcing companies in the UK.
Our reputation is important to us, ethics and integrity are basic necessities in modern business. It can take years to gain a reputation and minutes to lose it. In short we do what we say we will do.
We believe in taking responsibility, and we do things the right way. Our business depends on it.
Quality     4,500 used cars are imported a month from the UK, according to SIMI, besides local car dealers many main dealers are stocking UK cars. With more equipment as standard and more comprehensive maintenance records UK used cars have set the standard in the Irish used car market. Our comprehensive and professional pre-inspection service combined with a full history check, ensure there are no surprises when you buy with us.
Choice     Our online platform brings over 20,000 new used cars a week to the Irish market for the first time. That’s right a week! Most used cars advertised on the Irish market are duplicated across a number of the current online websites.
Price     We offer the lowest prices consistently across the majority of makes and models. We will save you thousands from the price of buying a new used car.