We Buy Any Car

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Webuyanycar.com
TypeLimited company
Industrymotor trade
Headquarters
Surrey
,
United Kingdom
Number of locations
475+ branches (2022) [1]
Revenue£1.1billion (2019)
Number of employees
700+ (2020) [2]
ParentBCA
Websitewww.webuyanycar.com
We Buy Any Car office in Asda car park at Middleton, Leeds

Webuyanycar.com is a car buying service with over 475 branches across the UK. The UK corporate office is headquartered in Farnham, Surrey, England[3] and the company has over 700 employees.[4]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2006 by Noel and Darren McKee with the aim of offering customers an alternative means of selling vehicles intended to be simpler than part exchange or sale.

By 2009, the company had bought 100,000 cars and was growing in popularity across the UK due to its first TV advertisement that featured a break-dancing newsreader and the well renowned catchy webuyanycar.com jingle. Webuyanycar.com also celebrated opening its 100th branch in 2009.

In 2010, the company expanded into the market of buying vans, through the brand webuyanyvan.com.[5]

In 2013, the company was sold to the used car marketplace, British Car Auctions (BCA).[6] In 2015, BCA was floated on the UK stock market. During the same year, webuyanycar.com celebrated the opening of its 200th branch.

Four years later, in 2019, the company opened its 300th branch. In November 2019, private equity group TDR Capital completed the purchase of webuyanycar.com’s parent company, BCA, for a reported £1.9bn.[7]

In September 2020, the company reached a significant milestone and bought its 2 millionth vehicle,[4] just less than 4 years after celebrating 1 million purchases.

Advertising[edit]

Webuyanycar.com is well known for its advertisements that make use of repetitive beats and jingles.

Since 2019 they have used TV presenter Phillip Schofield as the face of the brand.

Research[edit]

Webuyanycar.com undertakes regular industry related research. Polling British motorists, the company produces numerous studies every year, revealing motoring trends and tracking motorist’s habits.

In 2014, the company released the results of a mock Driving Theory Test on its website, revealing that six in ten drivers who sat the test, failed. The study showed that drivers in the 17-21 age group had the lowest pass mark of any age group. Whilst drivers in the 46 to 65-year-old group had the highest pass rate.

Combining data collected from a freedom of information request and a poll of British motorists, webuyanycar.com found that an increasing number of motorists are now relying on dash cam technology, to protect themselves and to monitor other road users. At the time of the study, in May 2018, one in five motorists reported to be using a dash cam daily.[8]

In late 2018, research conducted by the company found that seven in ten Britons spend 11 hours in their cars during the Christmas period. Revealing that on average, families travel 311 miles, just under the distance of London to Edinburgh, to see extended family over the festive period.  Collectively, British motorists travel over 5.9bn miles in cars over Christmas.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Webuyanycar.com - Branch locator". Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  2. ^ "webuyanycar - About us". Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Webuyanycar.com - Terms & conditions". www.webuyanycar.com. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  4. ^ a b "Webuyanycar.com - About us". www.webuyanycar.com. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  5. ^ "Webuyanyvan.com - Homepage". www.webuyanyvan.com. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  6. ^ "BCA Marketplace", Wikipedia, 2020-07-29, retrieved 2020-09-25
  7. ^ Media, Insider. "TDR completes BCA takeover". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  8. ^ Hall, Astrid (2018-06-20). "More and more Brit drivers are using a dash cam to monitor their journeys". mirror. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  9. ^ "UK motorists will travel 5.9bn miles this Christmas". Tyrepress. 2018-12-21. Retrieved 2020-09-25.