~Key growth drivers: Accelerated online shift of automobile buying and selling and changing customer preferences to vehicle ownership vs. ride-share or public transportation~
Mumbai, 15th June 2021: Owing to the enormous demand for contactless buying in the automobile segment, Droom—India’s largest online automobile marketplace has registered 80% growth Y/Y in Q1 of 2021. For the first time, Droom has crossed Rs. 1000 crores in monthly GMV in March’21.
Witnessing one of its best quarters since the pandemic’s onset, Droom’s recent growth can be attributed to multiple factors including accelerated shift of automobile buying and selling online, improved supply with supply chains opening post Lockdown in the last quarter, lower prices of inventory, and an increased consumer preference towards vehicle ownership as opposed to ridesharing or using public transport due to safety reasons.
Commenting on the platform’s growth, Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Droom, said, “We are thrilled to share that Droom has recorded 80% Y/Y growth in Q1 of 2021. Droom’s growth trajectory from last year has been steadily rising after Covid led turbulence in the business. While automobile is the largest retail category and least penetrated online, automobile buying and selling is now shifting online in a more rapid manner post Covid. Almost all large decisions or large transactions of human life e.g., looking for life partner, taking admission in university or buying home or changing job are shifting online and automobile buying, and selling is no longer an exception.
He further stated, “We have spent last seven years and hundreds of millions of dollars in building not only the world’s first pure play online marketplace for automobile but also the entire ecosystem of first mile, mid mile, and last mile services to enable the shift of automobile buying and selling online. We also plan to continue our expansion in Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa once the ongoing second wave of the pandemic subsides.”
Droom expects Q2-CY2021 to be up in three digits Y/Y due to the weak comparison of last year’s first wave of Covid, when the entire supply chain halted for four months from April to July. While the second wave of Covid was significantly worse than first, the used automobile industry stayed robust and the entire ecosystem had many lessons from last year and remains strong and well prepared.
Prior to the pandemic, Droom had expanded its footprint to countries such as Thailand and
Malaysia with its used vehicle pricing engine OBV (Orange Book Value) is now being available in 38 countries.
Droom is a tech and data science-driven online automobile marketplace, which offers 21st-century experience in buying and selling automobiles in India. As a marketplace, Droom offers Great Selection, Low Prices, Trust, Transparency, and Convenience second to none. Droom has 600K+ automobiles to choose from with a listed inventory of $14Bn+ from over 20K+ Auto Dealers and presence in 1,091 cities. Droom has 6.5 Mn+ Facebook followers, making it the largest auto-focused community in India.
Droom has built an entire eco-system around used automobiles for the digital economy, including Orange Book Value (used vehicle pricing engine | 460 Mn+ Queries), ECO (1,000+ points vehicle inspection | 152K+ inspections), History (history records for used vehicles | Database of 250 Mn+ vehicles), Discovery (dozens of pre-buying research tools), and Financial Services (Loan & Insurance).
With an 80% market share of the automobile transactions online, Droom is India’s largest automobile platform online and among the largest E-Commerce companies. Droom is among the most trusted consumer internet brands in India often recognized for its innovative approach and technology and is backed by marquee global investors.