Tesco has parked its tanks on the lawn of used car dealers after moving into the motor trade via a new website.
The site, tescocars.com, offers thousands of used vehicles that can be collected or delivered to customers’ homes. Each purchase will earn the buyer 2,000 Clubcard points – the equivalent of spending £1,000 in-store.
Although potential buyers will not be able to inspect the cars in person, the website will offer photos of the vehicle and a video of an RAC road test. All cars are HPI-checked and will have passed a 167-point independent RAC Plus inspection.
Cars will come with a free one-month RAC platinum warranty, with buyers offered a range of Tesco financial products including loans, insurance and breakdown cover.
Andrew Higginson, Tesco’s chief executive of retailing services, claimed the website offered “the most convenient car-buying experience in the sector”.
“We are offering a wide choice of the most popular models, from small hatchbacks to executive saloons to family-sized MPVs,” he said.
“By supplying directly to customers, there is no middle-man, no expensive showroom and no salespeople on commission.
“There’s no pressure, no hard sell. You can select and buy your car from the comfort of your own home and, just like your weekly shop, we will deliver it to your front door.”
Sir Trevor Chinn, chairman of Tesco Cars, added: “Consumers want to know they can trust the information supplied about a used car, that they are getting value for money and good customer service.
“Importantly, they also want to be able to take their time to make the right purchase for them. We are delivering a positive new experience for today’s car buyer.”
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