Jack Raison has always had an entrepreneurial mindset, from buying used cars at auctions to creating his own company from scratch in a room at his parents’ house.
Now the proud owner of his own car buying company, Sell Your Car 2 Jack (SYC2J), the Solihull based businessman is celebrating a milestone 10 years of success and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Sell Your Car 2 Jack is a quick way to sell your vehicle online with guaranteed payment on the same day. Customers simply need to enter their registration online and one of the team will manually value your car from anywhere in the UK.
Priding themselves on customer service, the team provides fair and honest valuations that have not been estimated by a computer system but instead inspected by an expert to ensure you get the best value for your car.
Whether you are looking to pocket some extra cash, settle your car finance or are looking for an upgrade, the Sell Your Car 2 Jack team offer friendly advice with no admin fees, no hidden charges and no obligation. The team offers a nationwide collection and that’s just one of the reasons why the business has an impressive 4.9 Trustpilot rating.
10 years of Sell Your Car 2 Jack
Created back in 2012 the idea for Sell Your Car 2 Jack was something that Jack felt came very naturally. After spending years getting to know the car industry and buying used cars from auctions, Jack soon became well-known for helping local residents of Solihull to sell their cars.
Discovering that large car buying companies didn’t provide that personal touch Jack soon found a gap in the market and created his own business 10 years ago, starting off in a room at his parent’s house.
Creating a platform for local people to sell cars Jack found he had a flair for marketing and three years into his venture he hired his first employee and rented a former chicken shed to use as an office.
Jack said: “I’ve always been an entrepreneur from a kid and I found that I was good at marketing. I started getting cars in that I didn’t need but I bet you someone does somewhere, and I became essentially a middle man as someone people could know and trust. When I got my first employee that’s when things really started to kick on and looking back it was almost from nothing really.
“I couldn’t have done all of this without learning how to buy a car and getting that first-hand experience at ground level, making the mistakes that I used to make, costing me loads of money in the auctions but that has given me the tools that has grown the business.”
The business has gone from strength to strength
Since 2017 Sell Your Car 2 Jack has seen an impressive 820 per cent growth and now has three branches in the West Midlands with a new branch in Banbury opening in June this year.
Over the last decade, Jack has developed a strong understanding of the car market, discovering that customers feel more comfortable with a personal, human service rather than entering their details into a computer.
Jack now employs 19 members of staff and the team have expert knowledge, Jack believes that his experience has been vital to the company’s success.
Jack said: “I’ve been a car dealer, buying selling cars for more than a decade, I have that experience and knowledge that people are confident that we can offer a great deal and great service.
“The growth came quite fast with a team of 19 now but I still remember when I first said I used to sell the cars myself on eBay or sell them to local dealerships and having this experience has been invaluable and I share that with every employee now.
“After hiring my first employee the business snowballed and we had around 50 cars and we quickly expanded. We’ve bought a big premises in Solihull for our head office, which is a two-acre site which can hold about 450 cars; which is actually about a mile away from the chicken shed where I was.
“It’s due to this experience that we will do 100,000 valuations a year now and we now get around 2,000 inquiries a week which shows how much our customers value this service and trust us.”
There are four easy steps to sell your car with Sell Your Car 2 Jack to make sure that you get a fair price for your vehicle.
- Simple enter you vehicles registration number into the box on the website and click ‘Value My Car’ and receive a free quote
- A member of the Sell Your Car 2 Jack team will be in touch to discuss the process and book your vehicle into your nearest branch in either Redditch, Solihull or Tamworth
- On arrival the team will perform a quick inspection and take your car for a short test drive to ensure it is in working order
- If you are happy to proceed then you will need to sign a few forms, receive proof of payment and a purchase invoice with the money guaranteed to be in your account the same day
With no hidden charges or fees you can have your car valued in under 24 hours and bought in just 20 minutes.
The Sell Your Car 2 Jack team work to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible, which is reflected in its 4.9 rating on Trustpilot.
Not one to rest on his laurels Jack is constantly striving for new ways to improve and expand the business. This was something that was particularly prominent during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a business owner, Jack was hit hard during the pandemic and had to look at innovative, new ways to keep the business afloat which meant thinking outside of the box.
In order to do this Jack and his team developed some software that allowed customers to appraise their own cars at home and sell them without having to be in contact with another person.
Jack explained: “When we went into lockdown people wanted to sell their cars because there was so much uncertainty but this was at a time when all dealerships had to close. For a while, we had no income but we created this software that allowed people to send us their details from home and we would be able to give them a figure without having to leave their driveway.
“People could then leave their keys somewhere safe and we would come, pick up the car and transfer the money electronically and that’s how we got through the first few months. The market boomed and we could still offer our services and keep our staff in jobs.”
Visit one of three SYC2J branches
The business has shown no signs of slowing down with three sites across the West Midlands in Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Banbury opening in the summer.
Jack said: “Convenience has always been a big thing, and one of the foundations of the business, which is why we have our Redditch branch in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and the Tamworth branch in the Ankerside Shopping Centre.
“Having locations in shopping centres is ideal because firstly they are easy to get to and centrally located, but also there is plenty of space to park cars. That way as well for people who do sell their cars with us there are public transport routes nearby.
“Because we are based in the West Midlands we are conveniently located for people to visit us at our branches and for us to get to customers to offer nationwide collections.
“Our head office can hold around 450 cars which shows how far we have come but we are always looking to expand and find ways to improve, it’s been a great journey from the old chicken shed.”
Offering nationwide collection customers are able to sell their cars from the comfort of their own home, or visit one of the three branches
Throughout his journey, Jack has always prided himself on offering a friendly and personal service which he believes is what has made the business so successful. He said: “Putting customers first is something that I have ingrained in me.
“I always tell staff to be transparent, honest and friendly and that’s what sets us apart from others, we are approachable and we’re not just a computer that does all the work. We follow you up and give advice, even if it’s just about getting your car cleaned or to have it serviced if you want to sell it yourself.
“We give each customer detailed reasons why we would buy their cars for that amount. What we do find though is that when we follow up with people they say ‘I’ve had no one show up for the car’ or ‘I’ve had to knock the price down, I should have sold it to you first!’
“A lot of people come to me now rather than some of the other brands and the clue is in the name, it’s that human approach.”
The future of SYC2J
The future for SYC2J includes opening branches across the West Midland and then nationwide, as well as offering nationwide collection using our newly developed self-appraisal app. The app makes it even easier to sell your car, wherever you live, if you opt for the collection service the team at Sell Your Car 2 Jack will send you a link, fill out the details and that’s it.
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