Go Green Autos
Hello, my name is Matt West. I trade as Go Green Autos Ltd and specialise in only zero emission, 100% electric vehicles - both cars and vans. I'm an long term EV driver and experienced in retailing a wide variety of EVs over the last 2+ years.
Many customers come to me after finding that other motor dealers, even main agents selling new EVs, don't understand EVs and can't answer their questions. They often find they know more about the product than the dealer does and the dealer even tries to persuade them to purchase a diesel!
See the testimonials and reviews from customers. These reviews will probably give you a better understanding of how I conduct business, than I could write here.
About Go Green Autos
Go Green Autos Ltd is a VAT registered business with £5M public and products liability insurance. Customers have the same consumer rights buying from Go Green Autos Ltd as they do when buying from a franchised dealer.
There's no showroom or expensive overheads. The showroom is this website, the YouTube videos and the photo galleries. A video on every vehicle details the condition. The aim of these videos is allow people to the vehicle without having the hassle of travelling to view it in person first. The vehicle condition is shown in detail and any visible stone chips, scratches, dents or damage (not that there normally is any!) are pointed out. I probably scrutinise the condition in more detail than most would do if they were looking at the vehicle in person and I'm often pointing out things that people just don't notice or aren't even bothered about. Vehicles are then either delivered by myself, or on transporter, or collected.
It works too. I get lots of positive feedback from the videos. This also means people can buy from far afield and not just locally in Oxfordshire. Vehicles have been delivered all over the UK and to Northern Island, Scotland, some of the UK's remote islands and even across Europe.
Around 90% of the vehicles are sold without viewings. Of course, if you want to view and test drive a vehicle, you're welcome too. Please do arrange an appointment first though. For those local, in and around Oxford, I can bring the vehicle out to them at home or work. I also visit locally businesses and help them transition to zero emission fleets.
I sell quality used electric cars and vans, but also occasional source nearly new vehicles straight from main dealer showrooms. Most vehicles are one owner, ex-lease vehicles which are still within the manufacturer's warranty. All are HPI checked, prepared and serviced where necessary. If a vehicle needs new tyres, wiper blades or any repairs, it is done before the vehicle is offered for sale. Unlike some other dealers, I don't leave repairs and use them as a method of negotiating to the asking price. Electric vehicles, just like ICE vehicles, are reliant on the 12V auxiliary battery under the bonnet, so this is always tested, charged and replaced if needed before a vehicle is delivered. All vehicles, including the vans, get new fitted carpet mats if none were present.
I want happy customers, who tell their friends and family and they do. Customers are now coming back and buying their second EV from Go Green Autos and often upgrading and part-exchanging their first. So this year, I've ended up selling some vehicles a second time around. Please have a look at the testimonials and reviews from customers.
Go Green Autos is a member of Oxfordshire Greentech.
Oxfordshire Greentech is a business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire. They bring together businesses and organisations to encourage innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer, to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon future in Oxfordshire and the world. The low carbon industry is worth a whopping £1.15bn in Oxfordshire, and accounts for 7% of the local economy – but it still has so much room to grow and thrive.
The electric car market
While there are earlier cars, like the G-Wiz and conversion vehicles, 'proper' electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries have been in the UK since 2010 when Mitsubishi launched the i-MiEV and then in 2011, Nissan launched the Leaf and Renault launched the Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE. These initially sold in small numbers, so very few early models exist in the used market. In later years sales increased as more manufacturers released electric models. Most new cars are purchased on finance (lease or PCP) on 3 or 4 year period, so these vehicles are now entering in to the used car market at the end of their agreements. The used electric car market has only really existed for the last few years.
To date, the traditional motor trade haven't been interested in stocking electric cars. Often they don't understand them and don't want them on their forecourts. This even applies to main dealers that sell new EV models, particularly battery leased models. Subsequently, used electric cars have been relatively cheap. However, the demand is growing rapidly as opinions change and people start to learn more about EVs. Since summer 2017, prices have risen on used EVs. All manufacturers are now racing to bring out electric models,, but of course it will normally be 3 years before most cars hit the used market.