Automotive. The refurbished car, is it interesting?

Refurbishing has recently appeared in the computer world. It is now used for cars, especially because of the shortage of new cars due to the crisis in the supply of semiconductors.

A response that is coming more and more from manufacturers after agents have started offering this service.

By offering a refurbished vehicle, the aim is to reassure motorists who must have warranties on the used vehicle.


The vehicles are technically checked and only the necessary elements are changed. Photo B. Jouvin

Renovation, an economical solution

The various stakeholders have set themselves a precise framework: vehicles between one and five years old, the market segment currently experiencing rapid growth.

They will be able to rely on vehicles returning from long-term leases or leases with the option to buy, which have the advantage of low mileage.

And sometimes buy from individuals. It is a commercial argument that can convince demanding buyers of vehicle monitoring or people who want quality without spending the price of new.

A professional approach

At Renault, a “Factory VO” has been installed in the Flins factory. 180 options are processed per day; the aim is to put the car up for sale as soon as possible, the repair is carried out in 8 days instead of 21 on average.

The cost of renovation must be more economical than that carried out by a garage. A way to allow the distributor to maintain his margins.

Factory VO works on behalf of third parties; the vehicles belong to the dealer, who selects them by setting a maximum cost for the operation; they are then sold under the “Renew” brand.

Stellantis develops Spoticar

Located in Hordain in northern France, the Spoticar site has a 6,000 m2 workshop and 15,000 storage spaces.

This multi-brand center currently has a capacity of 100 cars per day with a team. Static and dynamic expertise of 100 control points, mechanical and aesthetic preparations, the prepared vehicles meet the manufacturer’s quality standards.

Spoticar owns the vehicles and the fleet is used by European distributors to market.

After the mechanics, any painting work is carried out.  The car is then cleaned before going to the shoot, which will allow the posting of the ad.  Photo B. Jouvin

After the mechanics, any painting work is carried out. The car is then cleaned before going to the shoot, which will allow the posting of the ad. Photo B. Jouvin

The advantages of the formula

The various players (Aramis, Auto Hero, Renew, Spoticar) offer warranties of up to five years and one year on replaced parts.

Aramis thus offers a 12-month or 15,000 km warranty, whichever comes first, against any mechanical, electrical or electronic breakdown of a set of wear parts and consumables.

In addition, all maintenance and inspection costs are covered during this period. It is also possible to test your car over 1,500 km for a maximum of 14 days thanks to the “Satisfied or Refunded” option, especially at Autohero (up to 30 days at Aramis).

Avoid unpleasant surprises

By reminding that the refurbished vehicle benefits from technical expertise, a review by mechanics, a restoration of the bodywork and paint and a complete cleaning, the professionals in the restoration work above all play to secure the purchase of the individual to avoid unpleasant surprises.

You can make your choice online; professionals offer a large selection of models. Clicking on an ad gives you access to properties and funding; rent with the option of purchase is one of them, in addition to conventional credits.

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