Classified advertising website Gumtree has appointed Andrew Hooks as director of motors to support its ‘significant expansion’ in the sector.
Hooks was previously a consultant in financial services. He joins Gumtree after four years as UK head of business at eBay Motors and Electronics.
Reporting to Gumtree UK general manager, Robin Voogd, his brief is to develop the site for private sellers, as well as improving ‘the professional dealer experience’.
Voogd commented: “We’re now seeing 13,000 cars posted on Gumtree each day, thanks to the launch of our professional dealer package.
“Word is spreading quickly about the great work we’re doing with dealers. They love our simple approach and great value proposition for connecting their cars with millions of buyers.”
Hooks added: “New dealers are signing up every day and Gumtree has become a popular alternative to other sites in the motors industry.
“There is still plenty of room to grow and I’m looking forward to helping our team make the most of our huge potential.”
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A Dyer - 05/12/2013 22:25
Well that's good news for Andrew Hooks, now let's see if he can route out the dubious sellers that ask for you to pay upfront into a middle man account for a vehicle on the promise that if your not happy then you don't have to pay. Only you do if your suckered into this scam, I had a near miss and Gumtree were not that interested in helping to stop this issue from reoccurring.
Nobby - 06/12/2013 11:04
Why do sites like this bother....Ok for anything sub £1,000 but really is a Mercedes or BMW dealer going to see much traction through this medium??