The car inspection gate, which allows automated diagnosis of the condition of vehicles, is accessible free of charge in the car parks of several Carrefours. Volunteers will be able to have their vehicle appraised for free and receive a firm purchase offer within minutes.
Come and do your shopping, leave having sold your car. This could be the slogan of the operation carried out by Proovstation, Michelin, Carrefour and BCA Group (specialist in the sale of used cars to professionals). The car parks of Carrefour de Vénissieux, Aix-en-Provence* and soon of another store in the Ile-de-France region of the brand, indeed welcome the strange gates developed by Proovstation. Behind what could be likened to a car wash is actually a high-tech scanner developed by the French company, an offshoot of Weproov, which now has more than 130 stations sold in 30 countries. Proovstation technology makes it possible to automatically inspect vehicles placed under the gantry, to detect any defects and assess their external condition.. This technology is particularly useful for estimating a vehicle’s rating, here enriched by the expertise of Michelin, which has provided its tire scanner, which makes it possible to precisely measure tire wear.
A free service
Concretely, motorists interested in a free and immediate estimate of the resale value of their vehicle can go without an appointment to the car parks of the hypermarkets taking part in the operation. At the entrance to the gantry, a terminal invites you to enter some information including the mileage of the vehicle which is then scanned for 3 seconds. The owner then receives in a few minutes a firm purchase offer valid for 7 days as well as a statement of the damage present on his vehicle and a state of wear of his tires. He can then decide to sell it by making an appointment online to sign the digital sales contract and a courier picks up the vehicle at the location of his choice. The money is then transferred to his bank account in 24 to 48 hours.
Other services in preparation
An operation that comes as the second-hand market is shrinking due in particular to a shortage of recent used cars, itself linked to production difficulties on the new market. By making it easier for sellers, Proovstation and BCA Group can hope to capture new used vehicles to feed the market. But the interest of the Proovstation gantries is not limited there since the company develops new solutions allowing obtaining a vehicle repair estimate. The partnership with Michelin should also result in a service for making appointments for a tire change at the best time thanks to the information collected by the portal diagnostics.