Tech start-up Joydrive announced this week that a pair of franchised stores in New York joined its network of nearly 50 dealerships that are looking to connect with vehicle buyers who want to complete delivery at home.
The latest dealerships to connect with Joydrive include Sunrise Toyota of Oakdale, N.Y., and Sunrise Chevrolet in Forest Hills, N.Y. Between the two dealerships, another 1,000 vehicles now can be delivered through Joydrive, which says it provides an end-to-end solution that can allow vehicle buyers to price new and used cars from a variety of dealerships and purchase within Joydrive without ever visiting a dealership.
Jimmy Berg, dealer principal of both Sunrise Toyota and Sunrise Chevrolet, said, “Our dealerships take a lot of pride in that we are family owned and treat our customers like family. We have many customers that want to buy online and get their car delivered to their home, and we are excited to announce that we can now offer our great Sunrise customer service through Joydrive.”
One of the first dealerships to join Joydrive is glad to be on the platform.
“Whether Netflix or Amazon, consumers have come to expect an easy online purchasing experience, and we are excited to partner with other Joydrive dealers to offer consumers that experience. Our customers continually tell us how easy and welcoming the Joydrive purchase process is,” said Chris Brown, owner of Subaru of Puyallup, located south of Seattle.
When the start-up first rolled out its platform at the beginning of the year, the company explained that Joydrive works in three steps:
1. Buy online: The entire process can be completed online, from vehicle selection to delivery. After securing a vehicle with a $500 fully refundable deposit, a user-friendly dashboard shows all details of the transaction including trade-in, vehicle service contracts, financing options and delivery scheduling.
Of Joydrive’s first 250 transactions in beta mode, 40 percent included a trade-in, and 60 percent included financing.
2. Home delivery: Communicating through the dashboard, customers coordinate the vehicle delivery date and time with their licensed dealer representatives. Joydrive first delivered vehicles from California to Montana with an average distance of 135 miles.
Because vehicles are located on dealer lots, delivery can occur as fast as one day.
3. Five-day return period: Buying a vehicle can be the largest transaction customers make, so Joydrive and their dealer members offer a five-day return period or up to 250 miles to ensure customers love their purchase.
For more details, go to www.joydrive.com.