British online used car platform Carzam.co.uk sold over 1,000 cars in its first six weeks of trading. The strong start comes amid a countrywide lockdown.

If Carzam continues along this path, it will meet its first-year target of 20,000 sales. The new digital platform was founded by Big Motoring World CEO Peter Waddell and backed by former Cox Automotive boss John Bailey.

“We’ve sold over 1,000 cars already in what’s traditionally a quiet time for the trade and also in the middle of a national lockdown,” said founder and CEO Peter Waddell.

“Those volumes show that we have been ready to go right from the start.”

The initial launch planned for October, but was delayed until December. Buyers select their car, apply for finance if required and receive next day delivery on most vehicles or they can collect cars from two hubs. All cars come with a 14-day money back guarantee and a 100-day warranty. Cars are prepared at its central hub in Peterborough.

“For years, research has told us that customers do not enjoy or trust the traditional buying experience,” said Ashley Wade, marketing director of Carzam.

“What we provide is a completely transparent and hassle-free environment for customers to shop.”

Last week Carzam agreed a two-year contract with Manheim Auction Service to begin a new weekly auction program at two of Manheim’s centres near London.

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