Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020, 02:07 PM
Car buying and financing services startup Carsfast says Chicago residents have welcomed its contactless service, which according to the company allows people to shop and get financed for near-new cars, all from their cell phone.
“We are thrilled to launch this new artificial intelligence technology in the Chicago market,” the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder Shaun Sumaru said in a news release.
Sumaru and his team developed the new technology, shifting interactions entirely to text message so buyers never have to physically see anyone. Carsfast is free to use, and it will connect Chicago residents with more than 45,000 near-new cars, trucks and SUVs.
Carsfast said the Chicago launch comes after a pilot program in Arizona, stating that operations will expand to other local regions in Chicago later this month.
“Carsfast will change the way Chicago locals buy their next car,” the company stated.
Sumaru said Chicago locals are looking for an alternative to physically shopping around for cars.
“We wanted to simplify this process for them,” he said.
Everything about the technology is “completely contactless,” Sumaru said.
“We even organize the car to be delivered direct to your door and sort out finance without you ever having to see a single salesman or broker,” he said.
The company says it saw “quick successes” in the Austin area. Expanding to the broader Chicago state was “the obvious next step.”
“We know Chicago locals love their cars, and we think they’re also going to love the service Carsfast has to offer,” Sumaru said.
He added, “We really think this will revolutionize the car buying process. It’s the smart new way for people to shop and finance their next car.”