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Online car retailer Cazoo ‘excited’ at launch of new £1m Ipswich site

PUBLISHED: 14:32 18 November 2020 | UPDATED: 15:35 18 November 2020

A CGI of the Cazoo Customer Centre in Ipswich  Picture: CAZOO

A CGI of the Cazoo Customer Centre in Ipswich Picture: CAZOO

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An online used car retailer says it has invested £1m in a new Ipswich site.

Alex Chesterman, founder of Cazoo Ltd  Picture: CAZOOAlex Chesterman, founder of Cazoo Ltd Picture: CAZOO

Cazoo has created 15 jobs in the town with the launch of its 11th new location since September.

The Bath Street site was formerly occupied by Imperial Cars which was acquired by Cazoo over the summer.

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The fast-growing company has refurbished the site and created new customer-facing and vehicle-servicing jobs.

It plans to open a further three sites across the UK before the end of the year and a further 12 next year.

The Imperial Cars site in Bath Street, Ipswich, which is now home to Cazoo  Picture: GOOGLEMAPSThe Imperial Cars site in Bath Street, Ipswich, which is now home to Cazoo Picture: GOOGLEMAPS

It’s developing a ‘click and collect’ option in addition to its home delivery service and is opening servicing centres.

Cazoo — which was launched last year — owns and reconditions cars then offers them for sale on its website.

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Company founder and chief executive Alex Chesterman said the firm was “excited” to be opening a site in Ipswich “as we reinvent the car buying experience and continue our mission to provide better selection, transparency, convenience and peace of mind to used car buyers across the UK”.

“We have been delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response of consumers to our online car buying proposition. With our ever-increasing number of sales, our Customer Centres will provide more options to our customers on how they want to receive their Cazoo car and will allow us to serve them better through our own service centres,” he said.

Cazoo — which plans to create 200 new UK roles by the end of the year — says it wants to transform the way people buy used cars.

The firm says it has thousands of cars on offer at any time, which are stored centrally.

Mr Chesterman, a digital entrepreneur, co-founded LoveFilm in 2003 in a bid to transform the DVD rental market in the UK.

In 2008, he founded the Zoopla property market site, and in 2018 went on to found Cazoo.

Cazoo has a national workforce of around 800 people.

It said it was launching the Ipswich site to provide customers with a local collection option as an alternative to home delivery.


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