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  • Carwow

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    Carwow, stylised as carwow, is a platform for buying new cars from franchise dealers. It uses the reverse marketplace model to remove the need for buyers to negotiate with car sellers - users choose the car they would like to buy, along with the various specifications and features, then receive offers direct from dealers. It also provides information to prospective purchasers and gives feedback on rogue dealers and they also review cars via their YouTube page. The site is free to use and reportedly provides an average saving of £3,600 for the consumer. Dealers pay carwow to sell cars via the platform. The company claims to be completely unique in Europe and plans to expand into the continent into commercial vehicles, used cars and vans. The company has partnered with the RAC as part of RAC Cars' ‘search, buy, sell’ website. carwow was founded by James Hind and launched in May 2013. The company's investors include venture firms Balderton Capital, Episode 1 Ventures, Samos Investments and Accel Partners. The company had sold over 20,000 cars valued at £550m by January 2016.

  • Official state car

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    An official state car is a vehicle used by a government to transport its head of state or head of government in an official capacity, which may also be used occasionally to transport other members of the government or visiting dignitaries from other countries. A few countries bring their own official state car for state visits to other countries, for instance, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. It also may serve as an automotive symbol of the head of state and their country. Part of the criteria for an official state car is to have adequate security, capability and stateliness for its duty. A limousine, executive car or sport utility vehicle is usually selected. Due to the high security risk for the passengers, these vehicles are often heavily secured and protected. Vehicles may be armored by the manufacturer or an after-market specialist. (In this article the term "armored car" invariably means a reinforced civilian vehicle, not the military vehicle often so named.) When carrying an important passenger, state vehicles may be surrounded by a motorcade consisting of police or military personnel.

  • Personal contract purchase

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    A personal contract purchase (PCP), often referred to as a personal contract plan, is a form of hire purchase vehicle finance for individual purchasers, which has similarities to both personal contract hire and a traditional hire purchase (buying on installments). Unlike a traditional hire purchase, where the customer repays the total debt in equal monthly instalments over the term of the agreement, a PCP is structured so that the customer pays a lower monthly amount over the contract period (usually somewhere between 24 and 48 months), leaving a final balloon payment to be made at the end of the agreement. The total borrowing is the same in both cases, and interest is payable on the entire amount (including the balloon payment on the PCP). The balloon payment is ideally structured so that it will be less than the value of the vehicle at that point in time, creating equity that may be used as a deposit on another vehicle purchase. The customer is the registered keeper and legal owner of the vehicle, whilst the finance company retains an interest in the vehicle.

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