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Carzam enjoys record trading week after dealerships reopen in England and Wales

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Carzam has reported record sales for the week that dealerships reopened in England and Wales.

Precise figures for the week starting April 12 weren’t released, as it says the data is ‘commercially sensitive’, but Carzam stated that it was on course to sell more cars in its first year than Cazoo and Carvana did in their first 12 months.

The online used car marketplace launched last December and delivered more than 1,000 cars within six weeks.

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Kirk O’Callaghan, chief executive of the digital car buying platform, said: ‘It’s clear that the pandemic has changed customer behaviour for good.

‘While it’s terrific to see the automotive sector reopen for business and our colleagues in the industry back at work, our sales have also seen a big boost as the country’s economy opens back up – a huge one, in fact, beating all previous weekly volumes.’

According to the latest Auto Trader Insight Report, 41 per cent of buyers now expect to purchase their next car online, while 61 per cent would consider doing so.

O’Callaghan added: ‘At Carzam, the customer experience is at the heart of everything we do.

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‘Backed up by our commitment to operational excellence and unrivalled automotive industry expertise, we’re perfectly placed to thrive against a changed and continually evolving used car sales landscape.’

Carzam’s vehicles are prepared via its central hub at Peterborough.

As well as offering home delivery, its cars can also be collected at centres in London and Corby. A third collection point is in the pipeline.

John Bowman

John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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