Happy New Year

Written by Autorola in category 
January 24, 2021

Happy New Year everyone and I very much hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. As many countries are still in lockdown following the festive holidays it was intriguing to see that the European used car market’s sales performance was only very slightly down on 2019.

With some countries suffering three separate lockdowns in 2020 this performance was amazing and shows you how resilient the used car market is.

Please read more about INDICATA’s insights into 2020 as they make fascinating reading on how prices, stock supply and demand have changed across 13 countries on a monthly basis.

European used car sales rose in December despite lockdown
Surprisingly, December was still a very unseasonal sales month for the used car market with only two countries reporting a fall in sales despite the market restrictions that were in place. INDICATA’s insights will continue to give you an overview on how the European used car market is moving during 2021.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic our Autorola MarketPlace business reported a very busy and successful year as it worked hard with vendors and buyers to keep used car market supply chains open for business.

MarketPlace reported its best ever year in 2020
It was MarketPlace’s best ever year on record and unsurprisingly more buyers than ever purchased used vehicles via their mobile phones. We talked about the European used market embracing online buying and selling more in 2020 and we believe this trend will continue in 2021 as it replaces the physical remarketing used car business model.

It makes my family and I very happy that when we started out on our online crusade two decades ago that the market is now probably trading more used cars online than physically. The future remains online and will continue to fly the digital flag across our 19 subsidiaries.

Dello Dürkop rolls out Fleet Monitor
Recently we have seen another first for the group as our Solutions business unit has rolled out its Fleet Monitor service integrated to both B2B and B2C channels to the Dello Dürkop dealer group. They have become the first customer in Germany.

Dello is one of Germany’s leading dealer groups and they have adopted Fleet Monitor at the centre of their company’s digital landscape which is fantastic news. Another digital success for the group and hopefully the first of many in 2021.

I hope to see businesses being able to trade more freely in the coming months as countries roll out their vaccination programmes. Once again, I hope you all stay safe and I look forward to us all being able to make steps back towards normal life as Winter turns into Spring.

Best regards
Peter (LinkedIn)

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