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Motorway’s public sale platform for second-hand vehicles raises $67.7M Sequence B led by Index Ventures

Motorway is a U.Ok. startup that enables skilled automobile sellers to bid in an public sale for privately owned vehicles on the market. The startup has had fast success by eradicating a number of friction within the course of. It’s now raised £48 million / $67.7 million in a Sequence B spherical led by Index Ventures, together with new buyers BMW i Ventures and Unbound. Current buyers Latitude and Marchmont Ventures additionally participated. The funding will likely be used to increase its platform and develop the present 160-strong staff.

The startup claims it permits customers to promote their automobile for as much as £1,000 greater than they might by way of different means, by importing its particulars by way of a smartphone app that additionally makes use of laptop imaginative and prescient to evaluate the state of the automobile. Over 3,000 skilled automobile sellers then bid for the car in a every day on-line public sale. The very best supply wins the automobile, which is then collected at no cost by the profitable vendor inside 24 hours.

Motorway says it has offered 65,000 vehicles since its launch in 2017 and seen gross sales hit £50 million in Could 2021 alone, £2.5 million of transactions a day, and greater than 4,000 accomplished automobile gross sales a month. With solely 5% of all autos within the U.Ok. offered on-line proper now, there may be loads of headroom for this market to develop.

Tom Leathes, CEO of Motorway, stated: “For half a century, inefficient offline processes have led to unhealthy offers and a nasty expertise for each automobile sellers and automobile sellers. Motorway has essentially modified a damaged expertise the place everybody finally ends up dissatisfied — and we’ve reworked it with a superior on-line expertise the place everyone wins. Chopping out the middlemen leaves each the buyer and automobile vendor with a greater deal, all from house and with out the stress. Our unbelievable development up to now is testomony to our give attention to delivering extra worth by way of know-how — and this funding will present us with the gasoline to take Motorway to the following stage.”

Danny Rimer, companion at Index Ventures, stated: “We’re at all times seeking to put money into firms which are actually disrupting an trade and assembly an actual buyer want. We’ve discovered that in Motorway. The staff has constructed an extremely highly effective platform, underpinned by nice know-how and a deep understanding of the challenges each customers and automobile sellers face. Motorway has shortly change into the primary port of name for tens of hundreds of individuals promoting their automobile.”

Motorway has raised £14 million in enterprise funding because it was based by Tom Leathes, Harry Jones and Alex Buttle in 2017.

Chatting with me over interview Leathes added: “COVID has been an actual accelerator of one thing that was already occurring. The automobile trade is shifting on-line and that’s partly about individuals shopping for their subsequent automobile on-line, nevertheless it’s additionally about sellers altering their conduct, how they do enterprise, the place they purchase their vehicles. It pressured that change which they resisted for a very long time, and now they’re embracing it, so it’s a basic shift within the trade. And this is the reason we see such an enormous alternative to offer the rails to assist either side of {the marketplace} to maneuver on-line.”

Rimer added: “It’s uncommon that you’ve founders who’ve labored collectively throughout a number of profitable and fewer profitable startups who’ve that scar tissue and success, and are actually going for a a lot greater alternative. The enterprise mannequin is admittedly an vital one for us as a result of as a substitute of proudly owning stock after which having to eliminate your stock, form of just like the distinction between Web-a-Porter and Farfetch. Motorway’s market is rather like Farfetch — they don’t have any stock, which signifies that simply by merely making that platform occur for consumers and sellers, they win. So there’s loads much less danger related to what the cash goes for use for when constructing the enterprise.”

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