Online used car dealer Carzam creates hundreds of jobs as it gears up for launch with lorry purchases

Time 1 year ago

Online car dealer Carzam – built by the man behind car supermarket group Big Motoring World and the owner of Hendy Group – has created hundreds of new jobs.

As the online used car dealer gears up for launch in the ‘next few weeks’, boss Peter Waddell has revealed he is searching for hundreds of staff in all areas of the business.

In a series of posts on social media, Waddell says he and business partner John Bailey – the former Cox Automotive president – are looking for staff and have revealed pictures of the transporters that are about to start rolling stock around the country.


Peter Waddell and John Bailey

Waddell told Car Dealer: ‘We will be a true online retailer selling used cars. We are ramping up the business to get ready for the launch and now our transporters are rolling around the country with stock ready for the launch.’

Waddell said he has taken on 200 new staff members for the Carzam project which will see customers be able to buy their used cars online and, in some cases, have them delivered to their homes on the same day.

The site will go head to head with start-up Cazoo which recently bought Imperial Car Supermarkets and set about turning them into customer hand over centres around the country. This week it made hundreds of staff redundant.

[Carzam transporter on the road, 0:07 video]

Carzam has now purchased 25 covered lorries, 21 car transporters and 55 covered low loader vans to deliver the used cars to customer homes.

Waddell added: ‘We are taking on MOT testers to painters and call centre and admins staff. We are getting ready to open very soon.’

Carzam will prepare its cars in a dedicated facility at Peterborough which Car Dealer was shown around recently. You can see our video at the top of this post.

The Carzam call centre is ready to start taking calls, says Waddell

The huge preparation site will soon be refurbishing 350 cars a day in a 24 hour operation. It will also be home to the Carzam call centre.

Waddell added: ‘It’s upsetting to see the job losses around in the motor industry at the moment but there are companies expanding, like us.

‘We are looking for good quality staff and would love to hear from people in the industry who may have lost their jobs and are looking for a new challenge.’

Waddell and Bailey have invested £50m into the Carzam venture and are likely to seek investment in the new year.

Feature: We get inside line on new used car sales website Carzam from Peter Waddell

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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