Jaipur headquartered automobile classified portal CarDekho.com has raised $110 million in Series C round of funding from Sequoia India, Hillhouse, CapitalG , the investment arm of Google's parent Alphabet, and Axis Bank.

Cardekho intends to utilize the raised funds in the used-car business, insurance and finance verticals. With latest fundraise, the comany's total funding currently stands at $185 million.

The startup works directly with more than eight car and motorcycle manufacturers that make up for 15-30% of their combined annual sales. CarDekho works with 5,000 dealerships across India. In addition, it works in collaboration with over 10 financial institutions across the country to facilitate used car financing.

“Our used-cars engine has scaled up tremendously and has also enabled us to incubate allied businesses like insurance and finance as they are one of the largest opportunities ahead of us,” Jain said.

The opportunity lies in extending formal credit and insurance coverage to the new-to-formal economy population and will continue to be a focus area for the company, he added.

Launched in 2008 by Amit Jain and Anurag Jain Cardelho also has a presence in countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia under the brand names of ZigWheels and OTO (in Indonesia). The company is reportedly valued close to $500 million however exact value couldn’t be ascertained.

CarDekho raised funding from Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata in 2015. Along with its other group sites like ZigWheels, Gaadi, PowerDrift and BikdeDekho, CarDekho competes with companies including Droom, Cars24, CarTrade, OLX and Quikr.

In 2015, Carekho become a pioneer in introducing specialised portals like TyreDekho.com and TrucksDekho.com and CollegeDekho.com.

Cardekho has also made quite a few acquisitions including acquisition of Gaadi.com in 2014 and Zigwheels in 2015. In August last year, Cardekho's parent Girnarsoft acquired PowerDrift, an India’s largest YouTube channel for automotive content.

Girnar Software has also acquired Buying IQ (shopping engine), Drishya360s (virtual reality), Volob Technologies (AR-VR focused visual communications), Connecto (SaaS start-up), Help on Wheels, road side assistance startup.

According to market research firm Mordor Intelligence, the market for used car in India might hit $75-billion mark by 2023, with a CAGR of 15.2% during the forecast period of 2018-2023.

Source - Financial Express

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