Fastlane helps dealers sell cars in storm-affected states

Auto e-commerce and technology developer Fastlane wants to help dealers to get up and running via its online car-buying platform following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

Fastlane believes it can help dealers in storm-affected areas like South Florida, Georgia and South Carolina by providing them with an online car buying presence to reach remote customers.

The impact of both storms on several U.S. states has paved the way for what will eventually become a period of intense buying activity. At the moment, supply is constrained — a situation that is expected to drive up local prices, according to a news release.

“We want to help area car dealers and dealer groups meet this demand,” said Brandon Hall, Fastlane’s CEO. “We’re here to make sure car buyers are able to purchase the vehicle they need, as quickly as possible, while maintaining a high-quality buying experience which dealers and their customers expect.”

The company believes its e-commerce platform is a convenient and efficient way for customers to receive their vehicles. The platform also helps dealers cope with lost selling days after closing dealership doors both during and in wake of the hurricanes.

Hurricane Harvey destroyed 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles in the Houston area when it hit the U.S. in August, according to an analysis by Cox Automotive.

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