Tesco steps into used-car market

Buyers of used cars are being offered a new web-based service by Tesco, where they can make a purchase and have the vehicle delivered to their doorstep.

Tescocars.com is the supermarket chain's first foray into the second-hand car sector and the newest addition to its expanding portfolio of services, which now includes banking and film production.

Tesco says all of the vehicles put up on the website will have passed a rigorous 167-point RAC check, including a road test and ramp inspection, which will mean customers can be assured of quality.

Nearly 3,000 cars will be offered online each week with the company promising competitive deals as its sources vehicles directly from hire and lease fleets.

Motorists will also have a seven-day money-back guarantee should they be unhappy with the car and for each online purchase they will receive 2,000 Tesco Clubcard points.

Andrew Higginson, chief executive of retailing services at Tesco, said: "By supplying directly to customers, there is no middle man, no expensive showroom and no salespeople on commission."

He added: "There's no pressure, no hard sell. You can select and buy your car from the comfort of your own home and, just like your weekly shop, we will even deliver it to your front door."

Tesco Cars will be headed Sir Trevor Chinn who will also have a stake in the business. A motor industry veteran with 50 years of experience, Sir Trevor made his name with vehicle leasing firm Lex Service, which became RAC after buying RAC Motoring Services in 1999.

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