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Big Motoring World’s Peter Waddell reveals rapid move to hoover up Cazoo stock after online used car dealer scrapped sales

  • Peter Waddell talks Cazoo at Car Dealer Live 2024
  • Industry heavyweight has already entered into talks over 3,500 used cars from online disruptor
  • Big Motoring World boss says he won’t be advertising cars on Cazoo’s new digital marketplace

Time 3:09 pm, March 7, 2024

Big Motoring World boss Peter Waddell has made an offer to buy Cazoo’s used stock after the online disruptor pulled out of second-hand car sales.

Car Dealer reported yesterday that Cazoo is ditching used car sales in favour of becoming a marketplace after it splurged millions of pounds on attempting to conquer the market.

The story has been on everybody’s lips at today’s Car Dealer Live conference, with attendees and speakers all eager to give their views.

Among them was this afternoon’s keynote speaker Peter Waddell, who revealed that former Cazoo boss Alex Chesterman had attempted to buy his business ‘many many years ago’ but was unsuccessful.

Waddell also told the audience that he has moved fast to get his hands on the coveted Cazoo stock, with a team of buyers currently working to secure the cars.

Speaking at the British Motor Museum, he said: ‘I phoned in the first minute I heard and offered to buy 3,500.

‘At the moment, I’ve currently got six buyers going through all the whole stock list now. I’m going to buy them.’

Despite being willing to do a deal for cars, Waddell was less keen when asked if he would be advertising stock on Cazoo’s new marketplace.

The Big Motoring World CEO laughed at the question about Cazoo’s change of direction.

‘What do you think?’ he said. ‘We won’t be advertising our cars with Cazoo. We’re quite happy with Auto Trader.

‘Many people have tried. I think the only people who will possibly do it is Google, because you have to go to them first before Auto Trader.’

In its bombshell announcement to investors yesterday, Cazoo said it would be ‘transitioning to a pure play automotive marketplace’.

The online used car dealer said it would be ‘unwinding’ its stock immediately and selling it via retail and wholesale channels.

It will also make further job cuts – following the large swathes of redundancies it announced last year – as it moves to being a marketplace.

Cazoo said it would be exiting fulfilment operations and reducing headcount to focus on its e-commerce technology platform, proprietary data, brand, plus digital marketing and commercial functions.

The number of job losses isn’t yet known.

Waddell previously bought 70 vans owned by Cazoo as the outfit looked to slash costs last year.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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