Friday, July 2, 2021

CredR Fuels Journey With Rs. 48.1 Crore ($ 6.5 Mn) Round - Yamaha Motors & Astarc Ventures Join The Ride

* Round co-led by Omidyar Network India and Eight Roads Ventures

The Bangalore-based Incredible Technologies Private Limited (CredR), has raised Rs. 48.1 crore ($ 6.5 Mn), in its latest round led by Yamaha Motors, and existing investors Omidyar Network India and Eight Roads Ventures, with participation from automotive focused Astarc Ventures. CredR, India’s largest used two-wheeler consumer brand, creates an omnichannel buying experience, through a chain of flagship showrooms across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, NCR and Rajasthan. The funding will be used towards consolidating its market position, strengthening its technology platform and expanding customer offerings.

Founded in 2015, CredR has been focused on formalising the unorganised and fragmented used two-wheeler market, with over 1,00,000 dealers, across India. Even though India's used two wheeler market accounts for over 30 million annualised units, challenges around standardisation of pricing, strong quality inspection and customer experience, and most notably post-sales support, persist. CredR's mission is to solve for the existing trust deficit in the category through their full-stack vertically-integrated business model empowered with technology.

By reimagining the entire customer journey, CredR has been able to help over 300,000 Indians own a used two-wheeler of their choice since its launch. On its online platform, customers can discover and book a used two-wheeler of their choice. They can then complete the test ride and the final transaction by visiting their nearest CredR Showroom. CredR also offers home test rides and contactless home deliveries of their used two-wheelers. This focus on customer experience and offering has helped make it one of the best loved two-wheeler consumer brands in the country.

Speaking about the company’s goal for the future, Sasidhar Nandigam, Co-founder, CredR said, “Our partnership with Yamaha Motors validates our shared vision to provide customers the best option to buy / sell used two-wheelers. They are a name to be reckoned with in the global mobility sphere. The funds raised in this round would help us to go deeper into existing markets and provide world class customer experience empowered with  technology.”

Elaborating further on CredR’s fundraise, Nandigam said, “We are excited to partner with Yamaha Motors in our journey to build India’s first used two-wheeler consumer brand. Yamaha Motors’ comprehensive understanding and experience in the two-wheeler mobility segment aligns with our first-to-market business model. The pandemic has catalysed the already existing demand for affordable private mobility in India, and these funds will allow us to scale rapidly and fulfil this demand.”

Commenting on this investment, Hajime Aota, Senior General Manager of New Venture Business Development & R&D Strategy Section, Technical Research & Development Center of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., said, “India is one of the biggest mobility markets in the world and the personal freedom that motorcycles and scooters bring, is a huge and lasting benefit for this country’s people, regardless of whether they are new or used. CredR’s clear vision behind its thriving used two-wheeler business resonated with us, and we decided to invest in the company to help their business scale bigger, which will subsequently lead to a higher quality of life for India’s people.”

Aditya Misra, Principal, Omidyar Network India, said, “We first invested in CredR in 2019 and are doubling down because we continue to believe that two-wheelers are the choice of transportation as much in the top 30 cities in India as the rest of the country. The pandemic has accelerated the need for affordable private ownership especially among the Next Half Billion. We find CredR’s customer-centric technology first mindset applied to their O2O (online to offline) model to be a massive advantage that can go a long way in enhancing trust for consumers.”

Kavish Kothari, Principal, Eight Roads Ventures, said, “The pandemic has caused a significant shift in consumer behaviour when it comes to mobility. Consumers today are considering owning their own vehicle to feel safer. The pre-owned two-wheeler market stands to benefit as consumers seek more economical options from organised players in the market. With their value-for-money options, contactless service and delivery and partnerships with credible OEMs, CredR is well positioned to revolutionise the pre-owned two-wheeler market in India.”

Due to the economic situation created by the pandemic, consumers looking for vehicles are increasingly inclined to purchasing personal two-wheelers. CredR will look to use these tailwinds and its latest funding round to expand its business, invest in technology and leverage the fast growing market for used two-wheelers.

About Incredible Technologies Pvt Ltd. (CredR)

CredR is India’s largest and only omni-channel consumer brand for buying and selling used two-wheelers. Founded in 2015, CredR, aims to simplify the entire process of transacting used two-wheelers, by offering industry-first-in-class products/ services, for building trust in a segment which is highly unorganised and fragmented. The company operates India’s first and largest chain of CredR showrooms across major cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Jaipur, Bhilwara, Sikar and Chittorgarh. These showrooms offer customers with a wide range of used, refurbished two-wheelers at the best prices. Using its proprietary technology and full-stack, vertically-integrated business model, CredR is revolutionizing the entire customer experience in the used two-wheeler space.

The company is backed by marquee blue-chip funds such as Yamaha Motors, Astarc Ventures, Eight Road Ventures (Fidelity's proprietary investment arm), Omidyar Network India, BlackSoil, AngelList, K Ganesh (GrowthStory) and angel investors like Amit Agarwal (CEO, Amazon India), Rohit Bansal, Kunal Bahl, Sameer Sawhney and Debajit Das.

About Yamaha Motors Co. Limited

Yamaha Motor (TOKYO: 7272) is a world-leading enterprise manufacturing land-mobility such as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and electrically power assisted bicycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, robotics products such as surface mounters and drones, as well as engagement in the finance business. The company’s diverse businesses and wide variety of products are built around its proprietary technologies focused on powertrain, chassis and hull, electronic control, and manufacturing technologies. Yamaha Motor operates global development, production and sales networks through 140 subsidiaries and equity-method affiliates in 30 countries and regions, working to realize our Corporate Mission of being a “Kando* creating a company.”

About 90% of consolidated net sales are generated in more than 180 countries and regions outside of Japan.

*Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.

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