Who we are

What we do

With over 10 million transactions each year, the journey of buying or selling a car is often complex and inefficient. Auto Trader addresses this by driving efficiencies in the marketplace

Through the evolution of our digital platforms and our innovative data products we make the process of buying and selling cars easier for consumers, retailers and manufacturers.

How we make the market simpler and more efficient

Consumers

From desire, to research, to decision - Auto Trader makes the consumer journey easier.

Our platform offers consumers an unparalleled selection of new and used car listings, enabling them to search from a marketplace of 453,000 used cars and 6,000 virtual new cars each month.

Each advert features a good, great, or low price indicator, dealer reviews and the ability to perform a free basic vehicle check. We also offer free car valuations and a variety of motoring services and advice to help consumers in their car buying journey.

As 52% of car buyers want to search for their next car by monthly price, we’ve launched a new finance search tool allowing consumers to search by monthly budget.

Trade

From marketing, to finance, to deal - Auto Trader makes the retailer journey easier.

We offer a range of products and services to our retailer customers to help them win in today’s digital automotive marketplace.

Our core classified platform provides access to the UK’s largest car buying audience through different product packages which offer increasing levels of prominence in search.

Powered by both our own and third-party data, we offer data intelligence solutions (i-Control and Retail Check) enabling retailers to buy the right stock, at the right price.

After gaining FCA authorisation, we can now enable retailers to display their own finance calculator as standard on their full page adverts on Auto Trader. This allows retailers to show their finance offerings much earlier on in the car buying journey, increasing the opportunity for them to sell their own finance over a consumer sourcing finance from elsewhere.

Every retailer customer receives monthly performance dashboard analytics to help them assess their performance, and free access to best practice events.  

Manufacturers

From production, to advertising, to sale - Auto Trader makes the manufacturer journey easier.

Our platform enables manufacturers to advertise to the UK’s largest car buying audience. Our new format InSearch allows brands to serve new car adverts within search results, and as 58% of car buyers used video to inform their recent purchase decision, we recently introduced video format advertising.

We know that 75% of buyers consider new cars, so we added over 6,000 brand new car make/model variants on our marketplace. These new cars are unregistered and do not physically exist, and are called ‘virtual stock’. Make/model pages for all new cars improve the buying journey, and our extra content and annual New Car Awards enhances Auto Trader’s position in the new car market.

We use our own data management platform (‘DMP’) to create highly targeted audience segments for advertising and give manufacturers a compelling proposition to reach new car buyers.

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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