Tesco is ignoring traditional supermarket retailing and branching out into the second-hand car market with an internet-only service for buyers of used cars.
The website – Tescocars.com went live on Sunday and will advertise up to 3,000 cars a week sourced from hire and lease fleets and will reward shoppers with 2,000 Tesco Clubcard points if they buy a vehicle through the site.
It aims to offer good deals by supplying car stock direct from the source and claims each car will go through a 167-point independent inspection by the RAC, including a ramp inspection and road test.
The move comes after Tesco bought a significant minority stake in online dealership Carsite for an undisclosed sum.
The group said it wants to offer a trusted and convenient second-hand car service, with a seven-day, money-back guarantee if buyers are unhappy with their purchase.
Andrew Higginson, chief executive of retailing services at Tesco, said: “By supplying directly to customers, there is no middle man and no expensive showroom and no salespeople on commission.”
l Toyota is giving its Yaris customers six months free fuel to get their new cars off to a flying start.
The offer, which applies to any new Yaris ordered before the end of this month and registered before June 30, is worth more than £500 at the pumps. That’s enough to cover roughly around 5,000 miles in the 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol model which returns an official 55.4mpg combined cycle fuel economy.
New Yaris customers will receive a personal, pre-paid card to the value of £548.15 which can be used with a pin number to pay for fuel at any UK retailer. Once all the money has been spent, the card can be discarded.
“With the highest petrol and diesel prices we’ve seen for years, it’s the perfect time for Toyota to take the initiative and give our customers a benefit that’s of real value,” said Toyota commercial director, Matt Harrison.
The offer does not apply to Motability vehicles and certain fleet purchases.