Website makes car buying easier in Hamilton

A web portal for car buyers and dealers, launched today, aims to quicken the process of car buying.

A web portal for car buyers and dealers, launched today, aims to quicken the process of car buying.

NZCars.NET has been developed by Hamilton couple John Woffindin and Cherie Flintoff.

They got the idea from seeing similar websites overseas while spending a year in London.

Woffindin has built websites for six years and has worked for a variety of UK-based e-commerce sites.

Flintoff specialises in IT sales.

The pair returned to New Zealand last Christmas and spent two to three months developing NZCars.NET.

"In Hamilton, there are 60 caryards and you can spend a large amount of time looking at the yards, with a potential of 60 websites. The idea is to make the listing free or cheap to create a one-stop site," says Woffindin.

Basic listings are free until next June to build up the portal, and then dealers will pay a monthly fee for the software used.

The portal offers custom-built websites for dealers and a generic site listing all the dealers' vehicles. It also features motoring news, with plans for car reviews and car club listings.

Woffindin, a Waikato University graduate in computing and maths, says the site is hosted on a Unix server, developed in Perl language, and uses his own custom-built software and graphics. He brands his search engine as a "showcase," hoping it will lead to more business.

Car dealers have password internet access to the site so they can load and delete their vehicles with or without photos, letting them keep their information up-to-date.

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