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How Azu earned £12.5k with Otto Car’s Part-Exchange

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Azu explains why the new Otto Car part-exchange scheme was such a seamless experience and reveals which teams he will be supporting in the FIFA World Cup. 

When did you first become a PCO driver?

I’ve been a cab driver since 2010 but I only joined Uber about three and a half years ago.

And how long have you been with Otto Car?

Since 2019, so we’re talking over three years now. 

What car did you have prior to this one?

I had a petrol-hybrid Kia Niro, which I also got through Otto Car on Rent 2 Buy. It was a three-year deal and after that finished, I had the option to keep the car or sell it. 

▶️ Rent 2 Buy is a flexible PCO car ownership scheme that you could get the car on your own terms. Read more here

How did you hear about the new part-exchange scheme?

Well, I wanted to upgrade to the electric version of this car and I figured I’d have to sell privately. When I discovered Otto Car would give me an exchange deal, I found out more – and I ended up doing it.

Can you talk us through how that worked out for you?

It was a smooth process. I called one of the Otto hubs and told the guy all my details. He then invited me down to the Hackney office for a valuation. When I got there, everything was straightforward and professional. 

PCO driver Azu standing next to his Skoda Enyaq at Otto Car's Hammersmith Hub

Were you pleased with how you were treated? 

Yes. After Kevin had looked at the car, we went into the office to reach a figure we were both happy with. The order for my new car was made right there and I waited about four weeks before I took delivery. It was very smooth.

Are you happy with the price you got for the old car?

All things considered, yes I am. I mean, I possibly could have got a bit more by selling it privately but the smoothness made it worthwhile. It really wasn’t a problem at all.

Sometimes you have to think about the value of your time.

Yes, that’s very true. Things just worked out beautifully for me and I had no problems whatsoever. No complaints.

Have you ever done anything like this before?

Yeah, many years ago. When you part-exchange your car, there’s traditionally a lot of paperwork but this was seamless because I was already in the Otto family and it was all done in-house by the same firm. 

And you didn’t have the aggravation of a private sale.

Absolutely. I mean, these days it will be difficult to know how to go about selling a car privately. Where do you even advertise it now? All that hassle was just taken away.

PCO driver Azu holding his Skoda Enyaq car key

Was the goal to get an electric car or a newer model? 

A bit of both, but going electric was important to me because of all the benefits compared to a petrol hybrid. You don’t pay the congestion charge in London or road tax, which is a big advantage. It was a no-brainer, really. Much more economical.

Anything else that you liked about the scheme?

It’s good to deal with a business where the staff are really great. Whatever hub you go to, they’re brilliant guys, straightforward, upfront and that’s how I like to do things.

Did you get your £250 voucher for the downpayment on the new car?

Yes, I did. This was taken off the price of the vehicle. Every little helps – indeed it does. 

What’s been your experience of dealing with Otto generally?

When I found out about Otto Car, I couldn’t believe my luck that there was a firm where you can get a brand-new PCO car with no hard credit-checks and the car maintenance is taken care of too. It’s a fantastic all-in-one shop. The Otto team are polite, helpful, to the point – and they all know their stuff. It’s a great business.

Are you now on the Rent 2 Buy + package?

Yes. I was previously on the standard Rent 2 Buy deal but now I’m completely covered in terms of the breakdown, the servicing and PCO licensing. It’s trouble-free motoring. You don’t have to think too much – all you’ve got to do is get out there and earn money.

▶️ What is Rent 2 Buy +? What’s included in this PCO car ownership scheme? Read more here

PCO driver Azu holding a part exchange cheque from Otto Car in front of his new Skoda Enyaq

Will you be watching the FIFA World Cup? 

Yes I will. In fact, I’m taking the afternoon off to watch it today. My parents are Nigerian, and if Nigeria had been in the World Cup, then I would support them as well as England. Unfortunately, Nigeria is not in the World Cup but because I’m an African, and it’s my heritage, I look out for all the African teams. Senegal, Ghana – I want them to do well, too. 

It’s about time an African team won the World Cup.

Yes, it is. I don’t know if it’s going to happen in my lifetime. I think there are just too many things that might get in the way, but let’s live in hope. Ultimately, being a Londoner, it’s England for me.

Have you always lived in London?  

Yeah, I was born and bred on the Holloway Road in Islington. I now live in south London.

So you must be an Arsenal fan? 

Absolutely, yes. Arsenal since I was a little boy and proud of it, too. I’m just hoping that after the World Cup, the Arsenal boys come back fit and – fingers crossed – that title could be ours this year. You never know – and there’s the World Cup as well. Double whammy.

Are you keen to upgrade to a new PCO car? Come down to one of our hubs to get your car valued.

You can part-exchange any car that is roadworthy. Yes, that’s right – the model, age and condition of the car to be part-exchanged does not matter. For more details, click here.

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