73% increase in haggling as lockdown eases
Insight into consumer mindset ahead of car showrooms opening on Monday
As car dealers prepare to reopen on 1 June, DesperateSeller.co.uk has reported a 73% increase in haggling for the first three weeks of May compared to the same period last year. The message: consumers are ready to buy, but they want a deal.
Rod Joseph, director at DesperateSeller.co.uk, said: “As thoughts turned to the easing of lockdown we saw a dramatic increase in price reduction requests via email, up 73% year-on-year. We’ve also seen a significant upturn in use of our price drop alert feature. The positive news is that thousands of customers are ready to buy at close to the asking price. From the dealers’ side, while they need to hold their line on pricing, they are keen to get back to business and move on ageing stock. With a little bit of haggling there are plenty of great deals to be done.”
Launched in 2001, DesperateSeller.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading car classifieds websites with around 300,000 used vehicles for sale at any one time. Still independently owned and run, it is part of the eBay Motors network.
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DesperateSeller.co.uk Ltd is one of the UK's largest digital automotive marketplaces. It offers great deals from thousands of franchised and independent dealers (including Arnold Clark, Evans Halshaw, Glyn Hopkin, Lookers, Mercedes-Benz Retail Group, Perrys, Stratstone and TrustFord), car supermarkets and private sellers. Registered office: Rowan House, Hill End Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0RA.
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