After just one year, Tesco closes second-hand car website

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that everything Tesco touches, turns into vast profit. However, this slop of news shows that they're utterly hopeless sometimes. Basically, after just a year of trading, the supermarket monster has decided to close down their second-hand car website.

Tesco have said the site had come to the end of the road (geddit?) after it “couldn’t procure a good supply of cars”. Ah see? It wasn't Tesco's fault. They're brilliant but no-one wanted to give them nice things to sell.

A source behind the Tesco Cars launch said that, at the back end of last year, Tesco was selling just 150 vehicles a month, adding there were “clearly not enough customers”. Tesco are refuting this claim and saying that the problem actually stems from the supply of cars, not a lack of customers.

This comes on the back of other woes for the retail behemoth who, after a shock profits warning in January, wiped nearly £5bn off their shares. Heads needed to roll which saw director Richard Brasher being handed his P45.

Tesco Cars was launched last April after the retailer bought the Carsite dealership. The industry source told Car Dealer magazine: “There clearly was not enough customers. At the back end of last year Tesco were selling just 150 cars a month. Well, when it was Carsite it was 125 cars a month so the Tesco branding was hardly helping to sell more cars, was it?”

Should Tesco stick to offering us our weekly shopping instead of trying to get a finger in every single pie?


  • Road M.
    Was this car selling thing just the same as putting a postcard up in the store along with the ads for sofas that nobody wants?
  • Mike H.
    Who did they buy the website from? I know the perils of buying second-hand websites.
  • Gunn
    didn't even know they did this. as annoying as webuyanycar is least most people have heard of them. i guess they were taking all 2nd hand cars. id say there is plenty profit to be made selling cars - so a missed opportunity.
  • shoplifter
    Should Tesco stick to offering us our weekly shopping instead of trying to get a finger in every single pie?....we all know the answer ....fucking yes....and stop following me around in your shops...fuckers
  • zeddy
    My missus swears they haven't been anywhere near hers.............yet.
  • Sicknote
    Huh, never heard of a second hand car website run by Tesco
  • Alan's m.
    Cream pie anyone?
  • exshopper
    I must admit I did not know they sold second hand cars, but I am very surprised that they were not a success as second hand car salesmen. why do I find it so incredulous to believe well nearly ten years ago I stopped using tesco's as I grew tired of there ripoff sharp practises, rude staff, and the endless customer service queues, full of shoppers trying to get money back that they had just been tricked out of. and the excuses that were given in Lou of an apology "that offer has just ended", "the price is right you must have read the wrong price ticket", and the best one of all, "you are the only one who was mistakenly over charged on that item" LOL. So surely winding clocks back, and filling gearboxes fall of sawdust, should not have been too much of a stretch
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