A new online tool from epyx is designed to make ex-fleet used car and van buying easier for larger dealer groups.
Introduced as an element of the company’s 1link Disposal Network e-commerce platform, Group Buyer allows a complete online buying infrastructure to be set
up tailored to the dealer group.
At an individual franchise or site level within the group, buyers can bid for or buy vehicles that are for sale on the platform – but the transaction is only completed when approved online by a central buyer with overall responsibility for used cars within the group.
Ken Trinder, head of business development at epyx, said: "Dealers are increasingly sourcing ex-fleet used car and van stock online because it allows them to set up active searches for exactly the kind of vehicles they want plus it is a much more efficient use of their time than driving all over the country
in search of stock.
"Group Buyer builds on these advantages by providing a structure that dealer groups can use for their online buying that brings additional flexibility and control. We are already receiving a lot of interest in the product from some of our largest dealer buyers."
Trinder added that the number of transactions through 1link Disposal Network had been growing rapidly through 2011.
He said: "Twice as many vehicles were sold through the platform in April than in January, which is an indication of the speed with which dealer groups are recognising the advantages of buying online."
Used by major fleets such as leasing companies to sell stock to used car and van dealers, 1link Disposal Network forms a component in the 1link cradle-to-grave e-commerce vehicle life cycle which includes e-commerce platforms covering vehicle procurement, service and maintenance, taxation and rental.