Carzaty.com, an Oman-based automotive startup, did more than $1 million U.S. in sales last month, a record for the company.
The used-car retailer reported that it sold more than 50 cars in March, with an average selling price of nearly $25,000 U.S.
The online marketplace, which was founded in 2017 and launched in the UAE last year, reported on LinkedIn that had also grown its inventory to more than 100 cars.
The news is a boost for the business which was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“A year ago today in the midst of the lockdowns, Carzaty was closed for business. Three months passed without selling a single car, our team’s salaries were cut by 80% and we had to part ways with some of our closest friends,” the company reported. “We scrambled to raise capital to keep the lights on amidst the worst global crisis in recent history.”
Carzaty attempts to reduce overheads by dispensing with traditional car showrooms. Instead, the company has two “digital” showrooms in Muscat and Dubai where salespeople show customers images of available vehicles and arrange test drives.