17 January 2022: Driverama, a tech-driven online retail platform for used cars across Europe, has accelerated the roll out of its operations across Europe with the launch of car buying operations in the Netherlands and the appointment of Filip Claessen as Country Director of France and Belgium, who will be responsible for initiating the start of operations in these markets.
The launch of Driverama’s operations in the Netherlands at its headquarters in Amsterdam follows the successful opening of six branches in Germany, as the Company continues to accelerate the roll out of its operations across Europe. When selling a car to Driverama in the Netherlands, customers can do so entirely from the comfort of their own home. Customers simply enter the attributes of their vehicle on the Driverama website, to give a realistic price estimate driven by market data, before booking an appointment at home where a hassle-free inspection is carried out and the vehicle is picked up.
Alongside the start of operations in the Netherlands, Driverama has appointed Filip Claessen as Country Director of France and Belgium, to help roll out and build operations in the two countries. Filip joins Driverama from D’Ieteren, Belgium’s largest car distributor, and Auto1, Driverama’s largest competitor and Europe’s leading digital automotive platform for used cars, where he held the role of Business Director in Belgium. Filip has a proven track record and over 20 years’ experience in the used car industry. At Driverama, Filip will be responsible for building the physical infrastructure for operations in both France and Belgium, as well as assembling a world class team that will deliver excellent customer service. In his new role, Filip will use his in-depth knowledge of the local market to ensure Driverama’s commitment to offering total speed, simplicity, fairness, and transparency to customers is instilled at the heart of the operations in France and Belgium. Filip joins the growing Driverama team of over 150 staff members across Europe.
Stan Galik, CEO of Driverama, said: “Today marks another major milestone for Driverama, as we launch operations in the Netherlands, our first market outside of Germany. It is a significant and exciting step for our international expansion. I am also delighted to welcome Filip to the Driverama team. His years of experience in the used car industry will be invaluable in helping us to achieve and deliver our growth ambitions in Europe. Not only this, but Filip is truly aligned with the culture and values of Driverama and understands the importance we place on creating a seamless customer experience.”
Filip Claessen said: “The combination of unique technology, innovation and exceptional customer service make Driverama a company that I am convinced will transform the used car market in Europe, which is why I am so excited to join the Company. It is a team of professional and highly motivated people who are committed to providing the best customer experience with a used car platform and I am looking forward to growing this team in France and Belgium as we prepare to launch operations in these markets.” Driverama is part of AURES Holdings, the largest independent used car retailer in Europe, based on the number of cars sold, with over 2.6 million customers served since the company was established in 1992.
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Driverama is a new online platform for sellers of pre-owned cars in Europe. Driverama also plans to sell to customers from a date that is not yet foreseeable. Driverama is a new brand, concept and business entity which has been launched and developed by AURES Holdings. It combines the best of all channels in pre-owned car retailing – AURES’ proven, decades-long experience, knowhow and physical infrastructure along with its leading-edge data science capabilities and scale, machine learning tools, artificial intelligence and proprietary algorithms.
AURES Holdings Group has been in business for 30 years. It operates a network of nearly fifty branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. During its existence it has served over 2.6 million customers, making it the largest used car dealer in Europe, based on the number of cars sold. It also sells used cars under the renewed Mototechna brand. It operates in Western markets through Driverama. The Group is owned by the British-Polish Abris Capital Partners private equity fund.
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