We Buy Any Car
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Number of locations
|210+ branches (2015) |
|Revenue||£557m (2014) |
|Owner||BCA Market Place PLC|
Number of employees
|386 (2015) |
We Buy Any Car is a car purchasing and wholesale company headquartered in Farnham, Surrey, England. It has branches in the UK and the United States. The US corporate office is headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The company was founded in 2006 by Noel and Darren McKee. In May 2010 the company expanded into the market of buying vans, through the brand webuyanyvan.com.[not in citation given] The company have had over 750,000 customers. In 2013, the company was purchased by the British Car Auctions (BCA). In 2015, BCA was floated on to the stock market.
In March 2011, We Buy Any Car launched operations in the United States.
We Buy Any Car is well known within the United Kingdom for its advertisements that make use of repetitive beats.
In October 2015 the webuyanycar.com 'Breakdancing Newsreader' advert was voted as having the 7th most popular jingle of all TV ads over the past 60 years in The Sun newspaper.
In recent years We Buy Any Car have developed their advertising campaigns, showing various customers sat on plush sofas detailing their experience with webuyanycar.com. The well-known jingle has evolved into a more subtle xylophone chime played at the end of each advert.
We Buy Any Car undertakes regular industry related research. In late 2010, it released research highlighting the reduction in car maintenance skills amongst UK males.
At the beginning of 2011, We Buy Any Car completed research into the most commonly used car names; concluding that the most common car name is 'Betty'.
In March 2012, through analysis of more than 410,000 cars purchased, webuyanycar.com discovered that in 2012 for the first time, more women than men sold second hand cars. It also identified that the current "average" car sold in Britain is a five-year-old Vauxhall Corsa with 57,000 miles on the clock.
In 2014 the company released the results of a mock Driving Theory Test on their website, revealing that 6 in 10 people who sat their test failed.
In October 2012 it launched ‘See Me Stay Safe’ a campaign supported by Brake, to encourage children to stay visible as the days get darker. webuyanycar.com distributed 5,000 hi-visibility vests to 5,000 children from Chester before the clocks went back.[not in citation given]
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- "We Buy Any Cat". Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
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