A classifieds site specialising in eco cars is desperate for new dealers for join – to meet the massive demand to buy environmentally friendly cars.
Ecocars4sale.com has seen a staggering 200 PER CENT surge in sales over the last year as motorists look for more efficient and cleaner vehicles.
The have more than 200 eco cars listed for sale on their site but buyers are flooding them with questions – and demanding MORE to choose from.
Managing director Raymond Saunders has now took the unprecedented step of cutting the price for dealers to list on the site as he looks to fulfill demand.
He said: ‘We have seen a dramatic year-on-year increase in the number of vehicles being sold through our website, we currently have over 200 eco-friendly vehicles available for sale in the UK, up 125% on last year.
‘Importantly sales are also up 200% on last year with the potential for this to be a lot more. In addition to this we are receiving up to fifty new enquiries weekly from people looking for various types of eco-friendly vehicles across the UK.
‘Specifically the popularity of vehicle such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Europe’s top-selling PHEV, has helped spread awareness of the advantages and savings such vehicles provide to consumers and businesses.’
EcoCars4Sale specialise in advertising low emission vehicles that are defined as tax band A to D and have CO2 emissions of 0 to 130g/km.
With inquiries, sales and web traffic already reaching new highs, they predict that this year will be a record for sales of eco cars through their listings service.
Raymond believes the increase is due to a large increase in the awareness of eco-friendly vehicles, including plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV’s) and other alternative fuel vehicles such as the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai.
He added: ‘Our most popular electric vehicle is still the Nissan Leaf for the second year in a row. We are selling approximately 10 Nissan Leaf’s per week, this is up 75% on last year.
‘The Fiat 500 and Toyota Aygo are the joint top selling eco, combustion engine vehicles. It has got to the stage where the supply of these vehicles is not meeting the demand, and this is why we have launched our dealership promotion, in efforts to get more vehicles and dealers on board.
‘We have heavily discounted our commercial dealership membership until the end of August 2015, down to £99 per year for unlimited vehicles advertised. Furthermore we are also offering all our members free inclusion into our dealership directory. Our primary goal is to help spread the word and encourage the take-up of eco-friendly vehicles that will secure the future of the environment and prevent further pollution to our atmosphere.’
The company is also keen to promote the benefits of clean vehicles. They have introduced into their information pages a, buying guides, top 10 tips, frequently asked questions, electric car charging maps and a really nice electric vs. petrol fuel cost calculator tool. This tool can be used to calculate how much money you will save on journeys by switching from a combustion engine to an electric powered vehicle.
The website is designed to be very user friendly where consumers can sign up and advertise vehicles for free. Car dealers can also join by simply clicking a ‘sign up’ button on the home page and then filling in some basic information. From there they will gain access to their own dashboard where they can add and edit the vehicles they are advertising. The functionality of the website uses the vehicle registration mark VRM look up. This allows all of the specification for the vehicle to be automatically imputed from the DVLA database; vehicles can be added in less than a minute.
To help new users they have also put together a series of basic training videos on uploading vehicles and tailoring the SEO functionality of these adverts.
‘We have invested a lot of time and effort into making the interface extremely user-friendly, but most importantly we have tailor-made the website to be completely different from conventional car selling websites,’ Raymond added.
‘Unlike most others, we allow our users to completely tailor their adverts and include content such as video. Furthermore they can tailor the SEO functionality of the advert in order to maximise their exposure online.’