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Entrepreneurs have for years tried to make it easier for car buyers vs. car dealers. “I’ve never been through a process that’s more painful when I’ve tried to buy something — ever,” said Tommy McClung, CEO and co-founder of CarWoo , a startup trying the newest approach online. “I got all the games the dealers could play and lots of spam.
The latest auto car news written in the The Car Connection reports... Buying a new car is many things, but rarely is it fun. Sure, it's nice to window shop, to zip through a few test drives, but there are also loads of important decisions to be made, questions to ask, and often, contentious arguments with a significant other. The new web service CarWoo!
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posted by Josh Kirschner on October 13, 2010 in Fab Websites , News , Travel & Entertainment , Car Tech & Safety , Shopping , Money Savers , Time Savers :: 1 comment If you hate the concept of haggling with a new car salesman, but want to get the best deal on a new car, CarWoo! may be the perfect solution. CarWoo!
CarWoo, an Internet-based service that gives subscribers access to competing offers from dealers for new automobile sales, has raised $4.5 million in funding from Interwest Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, Blumberg Capital and Accelerator Ventures, among others. Previously, the Burlingame company received $1.5 million in seed financing after finishing the Y Combinator incubator program in Mountain View in late 2009. Subscribers pay $19 for basic service, which delivers quotes from two to three dealers, or $49 a month, which brings three to five competing dealer quotes. CarWoo's CEO is Tommy McClung, and the CTO is Erik Landerholm, both co-founders. Patrick Hoge covers technology for the San Francisco Business Times . Contact him at email@example.com or (415) 288-4949.
Wade Roush 10/13/10 The Internet was supposed to make car shopping easier, Tommy McClung is explaining. Back in the 1990s, sites like Vehix.com, Cars.com, and Autotrader.com promised a future where you wouldn’t have to haggle with a salesman, and where you didn’t have to drive from dealer to dealer just to see who could offer the best price or who had the model and color you wanted in stock. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. The major car shopping sites, McClung argued to me yesterday, have turned into little more than lead-generation engines for car dealers, where shoppers are enticed into handing over their personal information and are promptly buried in spam and phone calls from pushy salespeople.
As the influence of the Internet creeps into more and more of our lives, the car-buying process is one of the few areas that remains untouched — at least, that’s what Tommy McClung, cofounder and chief executive of CarWoo , argues. Sure, people can do more research on the Web before they buy, but the basic process remains the same, and often painful. McClung aims to change that. The idea behind the site is to give the buyer more control over the car-purchasing process. Instead of showing up at a few car dealerships and hoping that you can negotiate your way into a good deal, CarWoo users post what they’re looking for on the site.
Few people enjoy the back-and-forth you get with a car salesman, regardless of whether you're buying new or used. Haggling with the sales rep over features, and then haggling with the back-office staff over financing; it's all so awful that it's inspired businesses like CarMax to rise up and make buying cars a no-haggle, hassle-free experience. Still, many of us wonder whether we're getting the best possible price if we don't haggle, or if we don't go to another dealership and tackle their sales reps instead.
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CarWoo is a service that aims to redefine the process in which cars have always been bought and sold. It basically reverses everything: instead of having to go to your local car dealership, you will be allowed to post a listing detailing your exact requirements. You can be as concise as you want.
If you’ve ever contacted a car dealer online, you’re familiar with the internet sales pitch: relentless phone calls and e-mails making almost any promise just to get a warm body in the showroom. CarWoo, aims to change that by connecting you with firm offers from dealers while preserving your privacy. The new service only helps out with new car sales right now, though the company says it may open up to used cars at some point. Here’s how it works. Shoppers pay a fee to CarWoo and select the car they want.
Last week, while I was helping my daughter negotiate to buy a new car, I received an e-mail from CarWoo!, a new over-the-Internet auto-buying service, alerting me of its new product that was about to be announced. After several weeks of searching, my daughter had just found the specific car she wanted and was able to negotiate what we thought to be a good price, according to the dealer at invoice. But she agreed to delay her purchase for a few days to see what this service could do.
When I bought my first car, in 1987, I don’t think computers were involved in any way. I bought another one in 1991, and may have done some research on CompuServe–I don’t recall. By 1996, I used a couple of snazzy CD-ROMs to help me pick a ride.
If you’ve ever contacted a car dealer online, you’re familiar with the internet sales pitch: relentless phone calls and e-mails making almost any promise just to get a warm body in the showroom. CarWoo, aims to change that by connecting you with firm offers from dealers while preserving your privacy. The new service only helps out with new car sales right now, though the company says it may open up to used cars at some point. Here’s how it works.