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Quikr launches vehicle comparison & marketplace QuikrCars


Classifieds site Quikr has launched QuikrCars where users can search for and buy new and used cars, bikes and other vehicles like trucks by budget, last week. The vertical shows listings of sellers, popular cars near you, reviews and videos. The site is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati.

Quikr added that it saw enormous scale in its bikes and cars transactions and was hence launching QuikrCars. Quikr will launch its verticals in real estate, jobs and services over the next month. After raising $150 million from existing investors Tiger Global and AB Kinnevik and new investor Steadview Capital in April, the company had announced that it would use the funds to invest in its mobile business and strengthen its hold in categories like goods, cars, real estate, jobs and services.

QuikrCars (a microsite) offers car inspection reports and a maximum sales price calculator along with localised car discovery in 1,000 cities and towns under Quikr. Other than this, it has a price comparison feature across car models and a price range as well. It has a trending cars module. Users can filter by car brand, model, fuel type and other filters like number of owners, year, posted by individual or dealer, colour, kilometres driven, locality, car type and old and used cars. There is also a checkbox for ‘Quikr inspected’ cars.

Carnation tie up for vehicle inspection
In February the company had tied up with automobile sales and service company Carnation Auto to introduce free vehicle inspection services to users on its platform. Users would be able to request for a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s condition, including state of the engine, overall performance of the car, and other operations among others.

Previous Quikr developments:
– In September last year, Quikr had raised $60 million investment led by Tiger Global, with participation from other investors including  Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, Warburg Pincus and eBay Inc.

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– In June, Quikr opened up its API for other developers through a new platform called Quikr Dvlpr to enable them to build apps on top of its platform. The platform would allow developers to: The platform offers core functionality like accessing our buyer/seller flow, accessing our listings by category and/or city, replying to these listings, our messaging capability, posting ads in any category or city and accessing our deep search capabilities.

– In the same month, Quikr launched a dedicated job search section that allowed users to search for full-time, part time, freelancing and other employment-related opportunities.

– In April, the company said that it was planning to launch a real estate-focused website called quikrhomes.com. The site was expected to be live by mid June (not live at the time of writing) and would feature listings for plots and commercial spaces, alongside listings for houses and apartments for sale and available on rent.

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