The analysis of “funded price” offers in Spain: autobiz’ exclusive offer

In Spain transparency of online given valuations for UCs is affected by the increase of online valuations given on the basis of signing a UC financing project. As this phenomenon is gaining momentum, autobiz made the decision to apply its knowledge due to advanced big data methods and its long-term experience to offer the only real market value, which takes this practice into account.

For several months now, a wave of this new valuation type has appeared on the Spanish online UC market, as a so-called “funded price” offer. Classified ads feature vehicles at a price lower than their actual value, including promised discounts. But these prices and discounts are subject to a financing contract with the franchised dealer.

Due to our daily market analysis, nearly 35 % of classifieds in Spain are already affected by this new method of pricing.

Some local websites, including Autocasion and Coches.net, have recently upgraded their platform to make classifieds announcing “funded price” offers more visible. Nevertheless, there is no obligation to be transparent, professionals remain free to indicate whether or not each price is linked to financing project or not. Our data shows that less than 20% of classifieds with “funded price” offers are clearly identified as such online.

On the Spanish market since 2012 with more than 500 UC clients, autobiz had to propose a solution to continue to guarantee transparency and to offer real market values. After months of work, our Research & Development teams have created a new, sustainable and efficient solution.

This solution is based on an AI learning program developed to 100% by our teams. Thanks to syntax recognition rules incorporated by our data scientists, the program recognizes “funded price” classifieds and proposes new rules which our analysts validate according to the evolution of practice.

autobiz is thus the only market player in Spain to identify ‘funded price’ offers, if indicated online, and real UC prices of the 5 biggest Spanish platforms (Autoscout24, Autocasion, Coches.net, Vibbo and Milanuncios).

This unique development from autobiz reflects true market values of advertised vehicles and sustains transparency so that our customers get the most out of their pre-owned ads.

With this decision and evolution of its platform, autobiz demonstrates its ability to adapt to the particularity of each of the 23 European countries in which it provides market values.

About autobiz

autobiz SAS is one of the world leaders in car valuation. Since 2004, the company has used its proprietary car valuation algorithm to develop a wide range of decision-making management tools for VO business professionals in the sectors of distribution, rental and car insurance. It also operates its own C2B car buying service in Spain and France. autobiz SAS is investing 15% of its annual turnover into R&D and has been collaborating with researchers from the Sorbonne since 2010.