A RICH Singapore car lover has splashed out £139,000 from over 6,000 miles away – without ever seeing it in person.
The car buyer bought the 1992 Porsche 911 RS from a luxury dealer in Oxfordshire after watching a video posted by the salesman.
He had asked about the 911 RS – one of the most-sought after classics – before co-founder of Maundrell, Steve Rogers, sent back a personalised video using CitNOW technology.
The 12-minute clip included a complete walkaround of the entire car inside and out – including over the 3.6-litre flat-six, which produces 260bhp.
It was enough to convince the Singapore buyers to bite the bullet and sign the cheque despite not seeing it “in-the-metal”.
And it’s not a flash in the pan, either, with the dealer reporting it sells cars to overseas buyers twice every month based on footage alone since introducing CitNOW in 2016.
According to research, 12 per cent of buyers would be happy to do the same with 7.5million clips sent to customers around the world by dealers last year.
Rogers said: “Technology is constantly evolving to empower buyers from all walks of life, and what we’ve seen from this latest prestige customer is how important this is becoming to the car buying process.
“Despite living on another continent and a 12-hour flight away, a customer has still managed to make an informed buying decision through the application of next-gen video to the purchasing journey.
“This can only be good news for discerning car buyers who are pushed for time.”
Alistair Horsburgh, CEO at CitNOW, added: “Car buyers looking for something rare and special are unlikely to find that it’s on their doorstep, but risk losing it if they don’t move quickly.
“The internet made it possible to locate almost any car, but video takes things to the next level and makes buying a car remotely a feasible option.”