AutoTrader’s Marketplace aims to make buying a used car safer

AutoTrader has detailed its new Marketplace[1] offering, which it says will “smash online fraud”. The company said online fraud in the car marketplace is a problem, and it has decided to take it on by introducing an “all-round safety solution”. “We’ve tried to create a really simple solution, combining the real world premises and expertise of Bosch Service Stations with our online know-how and finance partners,” said AutoTrader CEO George Mienie.

“We now offer customers a safe place to buy and sell their used cars privately with confidence.” The Marketplace offers the following tools to help buyers and sellers:

  • Deal facilitation at any of the 165 Bosch Service Stations throughout the country.
  • Assistance from a Deal Manager to help consumers better negotiate.
  • All vehicles are pre-approved for finance through AutoTrader and finance partners.
  • All sellers’ vehicles are technically inspected.
  • All sellers are individually vetted before introduction to a buyer.

AutoTrader said the “scrutiny of every car for sale and every buyer” removes the dangerous aspects of private car sales. This also ensures that stolen cars are not sold on the private market, and that legitimate car sales comply with the Second-Hand Goods Act.

Initial user feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, said the company.

Now read: Sorry your son burnt to death in a Ford Kuga – have another Ford[2]


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  2. ^ Sorry your son burnt to death in a Ford Kuga – have another Ford (

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