Published on January 6th, 2014 | by SayginYalcin


Auto portal wants to turn things around’s business model built on free valuations and buys in 30 minutes.


Dubai: Gone in 30 minutes — that is the sales premise newly launched pre-owned car buying portal hopes will make a high-profile impact in the local automotive marketplace.

What the portal wants to do is convince a car owner to do an online valuation, then head to a service centre that it operates, get the full check on the vehicle and then seal a deal. The business of secondhand cars until now has been split between those operations from the country’s many dealerships and those run by independent small and mid-sized firms. It is only now that a portal — — is getting into the act directly even though there have been auto portals that mostly acted as classified sites.

“Selling your car must be quick, convenient and fair — we guarantee to buy your car within 30 minutes; we are located in every major city throughout the country, thus located next to you to take care of all the paperwork, even if your car is still financed with a bank,” said Saygin Yalcin, CEO who is the past has also been associated with, an online shopping club, and a partner at Jabbar Internet Group.

“We have no expensive showrooms, as we are not selling retail. We have the purchasing power to buy any car at a competitive price and justify our margins with low cost and high-volume of deals.”

No compromise

On whether it can afford to offer free valuation and guarantee purchase of “any” car in 30 minutes, Yalcin said there will be no compromise in its core offers.

“We believe that the experience of selling cars in the region is broken,” he added. “By improving the latter, we will be the biggest sourcing channel for used cars in the Middle East. We already have the biggest network of distribution channels for used cars domestic and abroad to ensure best value.”

Locations owned by it now operate in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. On whether actual ownership does not push up the costs, Yalcin said: “We also have strong partnerships helping us scale. Depending on the specific car, uses its global network of partners to determine the best channel to sell through.

“Based on our numbers, there is already a huge demand for our services, similar to US or European standards, [and] even exceeding results of peers in mature benchmark markets due to the strength of the regional automotive industry.”

And when does the portal expect to attain breakeven? “Whenever… we believe it is best for the company,” Yalcin said.

“We are not looking for funding per se, but rather for strategic partners who can help us achieve our vision. Fortunately, we have significant funds available to buy any vehicle in the region.”

Source: Gulf News,

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Saygin is the Founder & CEO of the Middle East's (ME) first & largest car buying service, and Founder of the first & largest online private shopping club in the ME,, which has been acquired by, making him Partner at the and Jabbar Internet Group, becoming the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world, with 3000+ employees. In its largest acquisition outside the US to date, has acquired Group. He has been selected as a UBS Industry Leader, a network of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals. He was also Advisory Board Member & Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Canadian University of Dubai. He was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business named him as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years". Fortune magazine (mag) named him in the 40 under 40 list, as one of the most influential young people in business, Entrepreneur mag ME awarded, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the ME", while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier". In a cover story, Entrepreneur mag ME titled him as "undoubtedly one of the youngest & most successful internet entrepreneurs in the ME”, awarded as "Technology Innovator of the Year”, while Khaleej Times awarded him as the Technology Leader. Gulf Business selected him as 1 of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in ME. In a cover story, Arabian Business counts him as 1 of the most successful entrepreneurs to call Dubai home. During the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Minister of Interior of the UAE, presented Saygin as an inspiring story for the country, in the presence of world leaders, incl. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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