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Your dream car in the palm of your hand

  • Prasiddha Gustanto

    The Jakarta Post

| Wed, August 6, 2014 | 11:39 am

It used to be that buying a car meant that you had to strain your eyes searching through classified ads in the paper.

Then you had to go through the motions of ensuring the ad was truthful about the vehicle. Some people compare it by visiting a car dealer in person. This is all before you even started haggling.

Carmudi, a rapidly-growing car classified ads site backed by Rocket Internet, last month launched a new mobile application that provides a solution to the often tedious problems associated with buying used vehicles.

The app allows you to search through thousands of new and used cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles at your convenience.

 By downloading and installing the Carmudi app via the Google Play Store, users can discover more than 30,000 vehicles such as Hyundai, Mercedes and BMW models.

All you have to do is browse for your desired vehicle, find a local Indonesian certified dealer and negotiate a low price. You are given the option of buying cars from private customers, professional car dealers and even local auto traders.

Carmudi'€™s app, available in nine languages, provides detailed information about the vehicles on offer, whether you'€™re looking for something luxurious or kind on the wallet. Important details such as brand, model, mileage and year are all. This global business platform operates under a very high standard. Only reputable dealers are listed on Carmudi'€™s online database.

Each vehicle listing comes with professional photographs and up-to-date information that includes detailed product descriptions, reports and rankings to ensure absolute credibility. And you can view all this information from the palm of your hand.

'€œYou know what the traffic is like in Jakarta. They don'€™t have to drive somewhere just to see if the car is still available or not, or if that particular car is too expensive,'€ said Stefan Haubold, Carmudi'€™s co-founder and global managing director. '€œIt'€™s convenient.'€

The global company itself is young '€” it only launched in Indonesia at the start of 2014 and has since shown tremendous growth.

In February, Carmudi Indonesia had about 3,000 listings on its platform. And in only a couple of months, it has grown to 30,000, and is seeing about 4,000 new listings each week. After commencing its business in Jakarta, the company has expanded regionally to encompass branch offices in Bandung, Surabaya and Semarang.

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