It’s another big acquisition in the KAR Auction Services family, this time in the vehicle shipping platform segment of its business.
And one that gives it a presence in consumer-ordered car transport.
KAR subsidiary CarsArrive Network has purchased the vehicle transportation business of Dependable Auto Shippers, the parent company said in a news release Wednesday.
Through the purchase of DAS, CarsArrive — an automated used-vehicle hauling solution that delivers more than 2 million cars annually — broadens its reach into the consumer market.
“CarsArrive has developed a leading portfolio of products and services that help dealers, wholesalers, fleet managers and other commercial customers ship their vehicles safely and efficiently,” said CarsArrive and Recovery Database Network chief executive Michael Briggs in a news release.
“We are excited to bring our strong history, expertise and commitment to quality and service to meet the vehicle shipping needs of consumers,” he said.
So what’s at play with this deal?
The company points to rising consumer demand for transport and logistics, driven by online car purchases, especially for cars sold by dealers to consumers. There is also transport/logistics demand to help consumers with relocation and similar personal needs.
CarsArrive had already been providing vehicle delivery to private homes on behalf of dealers, but now consumers will be able to order that directly thanks to the DAS purchase.
“If there’s a vehicle to be moved in any channel for any customer, CarsArrive wants to be there to move it,” Briggs said. “Consumer-centricity is the next phase in our evolution, and we’ll bring the strength and confidence of the entire KAR platform to help us deliver value, convenience and exceptional service.”