Who we are

Our strategy

Auto Trader exists to lead the digital future of the UK automotive marketplace. We aim to improve the process of buying and selling vehicles in the UK, by continually evolving the ecosystem to provide a better experience for consumers, retailers and manufacturers alike

Our strategic pillars

Improve car buying in the UK

Increase consumer audience, advert views and use of our valuation tools

Having the largest and most engaged consumer audience is one of the key components in our network effects business model. Investing in the best consumer experience and growing audience underpins the value we deliver to our retailers. Part of that experience is the free valuation tools we offer.

Improve stock choice, volumes and accuracy

Consumers visit Auto Trader, in part due to the experience, but also due to the volume and choice of stock from our trusted customer base. It’s important we maintain coverage across age, price, region make and model to ensure we can meet the buying needs of all our consumers. Stock is underpinned by accurate taxonomy, which we continue to improve.

Evolve the automotive ecosystem in the UK

Grow ARPR in a balanced, sustainable way by creating value for our customers

Average revenue per retailer (ARPR) growth is driven by three levers; stock, price and product. Over a three to four year period we look to balance their contribution, as we seek at attain long-term sustainable growth.

Enhance our relevance and value to manufacturers

Whilst our main revenue driver comes through retailers, there is considerable opportunity with manufacturers. We know three out of four consumers are open to buying new or used cars high up in the buying funnel, which promotes our audience of in market car buyers as a valuable target audience for manufacturers.

Become the most admired digital business

Extend our product offering further down the buying funnel, towards online transactions

There’s considerable market research suggesting that consumers are becoming more open to the idea of transacting cars online. We believe having the component parts of the deal will be a key differentiator for us as a business.

Create and maintain high-performing, data-orientated teams

Auto Trader’s people are one of our most important assets. We continually invest in their development, our environment and promoting diversity and inclusion. Data is at the heart of how we operate as a business and how our people work.

After steadily increasing for 7 months, the average price of a used car reached an all-time high of £12,977 in Dec. Average diesel prices declined from a high of £14,661 in Oct. to £14,536, whilst petrol reached a record of £11,288. You can read more here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/UMAknC3frw
On an annual basis, the percentage of fuel related searches attributed to diesel have declined 40% since 2016, whilst searches for alternatively fuelled vehicles have shot up 130% and pure electric 179%. Get the full story here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/WcwRX0vf1b
The latest results from the Auto Trader Retail Price Index revealed that the average cost of a used car last year was £12,542; an annual increase of +5%. Second-hand diesels held their value, increasing +3%, whilst petrol grew +7%. You can read more here: https://t.co/X9MZLisV4Y https://t.co/3o4PbNwElY
The FLA reports consumer finance declined -1% in November, reflecting a slowing market. In reality finance is fuelling sales & with prices steadily increasing will be key to unlocking different types of consumer in 2019. Read more in our Market Report https://t.co/lnN0L8ykH2 https://t.co/GU3GI37Oeo
Did you know we've combined Part Ex valuations and Dealer Finance to give you even better quality leads? You can find out more by listening to our recent dedicated webinar: https://t.co/H1yf8kWPnS https://t.co/MMgcsLMFrO
According to the @SMMT, the new car market in 2018 recorded a -6.8% decline on 2017. Diesel dropped nearly -30% but the big winner was AFV, increasing +20.9%. With an array of 2nd gen electric vehicles set to hit the market, will 2019 see the popularity of EVs surge even more? https://t.co/Y6Na7afAJq
Happy 2019! Hopefully not too many sore heads this morning. Remember, December's browsers are ready to be turned into January's buyers - make sure your ads stand out from the crowd with these top tips https://t.co/x8MACPb8S3 https://t.co/x6Zv6U9RkJ
Happy new year to all our customers, partners & friends. Despite what's been a challenging year for the industry both the new & used markets have shown incredible resilience, with both ending 2018 in solid health. That's worth raising a glass to! Cheers https://t.co/zS1WlTUoxt
Auto Trader is a company made up of 800 people committed to providing our customers, car buyers and colleagues with the very best service, platform and work place possible. We're very proud to have received lots of recognition for that commitment in 2018 #proud https://t.co/cC55R67WP0
Did you know that 52% of consumers starting the car buying process already claim to consider the cost of a car as a monthly price, rather than the full retail price? Finance is now central to the car buying process & getting it right, will be key to growth in 2019. https://t.co/yW6gBn0ELO

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

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