Published on October 8th, 2013 | by SayginYalcin


Five Minutes With…Saygin Yalcin, founder,

The used car market in the UAE is a $2 billion business and is growing by 15 per cent year on year, says Saygin Yalcin.

What is your company focusing on this year?

We will focus on further building a huge network of branches all over the country. As the fastest and most convenient car buying service, it is important to be reachable within 10 minutes, no matter where you are. Looking at our growth rates since launch, we will be the biggest car buyer in the UAE by the end of 2013.

Are you planning to expand into new territory?

Yes, we are already expanding into the GCC and will be serving consumers in the entire Middle East by next year.

Why does your business model work in the Middle East?

Selling a car can be a really annoying and complicated process; both time and power consuming for car owners. Private sales are often a choice for many sellers. This usually accrues significant costs, while a return cannot be guaranteed, regardless of whether you advertise your car via print advertisement or through an online marketplace.

In the Middle East, there is usually a time span of 3-6 weeks from first advertising to final sale. Furthermore, in advance of a successful deal, statistically you have to go through 4 – 6 meetings with potential buyers – again, a procedure that consumes both your time and money, while a positive return is still uncertain.

Hence, if you want to sell your car hassle-free, while achieving a fair price, is the perfect solution. We guarantee to buy your car after a free and competent valuation – quick, easy, fair and everywhere.

What are the growth areas for the second hand car market?

The UAE is the region’s trading hub. The used car market in the UAE is a $2 billion business, whereby the grey market numbers are much higher and it is growing by 15 per cent year on year. will be the market leader within three years and the biggest car buyer by end of 2013.

Define success in five words…

– Health
– Harmony within family and friends
– Liberty in all its facets
– Financial independence
– Respect

Three tips for becoming the boss…

Define high-impact targets, exceed them and consistently demonstrate leadership.

When I’m not at work I like to…

Do what’s most important: Stay healthy, be there for family and friends. is the Middle East’s first car buying service, which offers free and instant online car valuation, free car inspection, a guarantee to purchase any car within 30 minutes, pay you immediately and take care of all the paperwork.


Source: Neil Churchill, Gulf Business,

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About the Author

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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