Haymarket agrees sale of PistonHeads to CarGurus

Haymarket agrees sale of PistonHeads to CarGurus

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768

5,064 posts

42 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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CarGurus said:
We intend to operate PistonHeads as an independent brand under CarGurus ownership, with its popular forum, community, and editorial content at its heart.
Jog on Haymarket! smile

Joey Deacon

1,681 posts

122 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Keyser Soze said:
Funk said:
So the forum dies then and all the masses of information that's contained within it will be gone. It'd be a shame but things couldn't carry on as they were.
I'm only guessing but I think everyone is getting excited at HM going (not incorrect) but it might be a bit like Turkeys voting for Xmas

I am 99% sure the money has been paid for the classifieds and the dealer information etc, the forums might sound like a good idea but once they scratch the surface they'll see they are a nightmare to manage

Maybe PH will be classifieds and articles with the ability to comment on articles etc, I can see a lot more FB involvement even then, why would you spend developing or maintaining a platform when better more functional ones exist already and you can just plug them in to the site to allow article commenting
100% agree, think of how much time is spent moderating these forums and trying to ensure that nothing libellous is posted. I admit I know nothing about the current moderation but I assume it is volunteer based? Surely that is not going to fly for Cargurus, and once they realise the effort involved they will close down the forums as soon as possible.

Don't think it will happen, look what happened to the Evo forums one day without warning they were just switched off.



alfie2244

11,292 posts

134 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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I blame Brexit biggrin

funkyrobot

17,774 posts

174 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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MYOB said:
sorrel said:
https://blog.cargurus.com/category/uk

A taste of what's to come.....
I suspect the social element of the forum will disappear and will be focused solely on cars only.

Might have to join mumsnet.
In doing so CarGurus is fulfilling its aim of bringing trust and transparency to the used car market

Good luck with that.

twing

2,377 posts

77 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Exige77 said:
Will paragraphing be banned after the take over ?
Sorry, that's me copying and pasting their email. fked if I've got time to break it up for you.

funkyrobot

17,774 posts

174 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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twing said:
Exige77 said:
Will paragraphing be banned after the take over ?
Sorry, that's me copying and pasting their email. fked if I've got time to break it up for you.
Where's GrammarGuru when you need him?

Exige77

3,844 posts

137 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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twing said:
Exige77 said:
Will paragraphing be banned after the take over ?
Sorry, that's me copying and pasting their email. fked if I've got time to break it up for you.
It was tongue in cheek comment !!

LordGrover

30,929 posts

158 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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So long, y'all... it was nice knowing you.

funkyrobot

17,774 posts

174 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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CarGurus is an online automotive marketplace with technology at its core, using proprietary algorithms to rank classifieds so that car buyers can quickly and easily find great deals from top rated dealers

Bullst. You just rank everything by price ascending by default.

sorrel

215 posts

84 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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MYOB said:
I suspect the social element of the forum will disappear and will be focused solely on cars only.

Might have to join mumsnet.
OMG...gulp! biggrin

Lord.Vader

2,093 posts

85 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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I am sure I had an email to say they (carguru) have bought carandclassic aswell?

J4CKO

28,191 posts

146 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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I suspect that we probably wont notice that much, they have bought Pistonheads, of which the forums are a big part so suspect it will just be business as usual, perhaps with posts pointedly exposing something where the owners have some commercial bias, never sure why people are surprised by that, its not the BBC.

marksx

3,600 posts

136 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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There's a site outside of these forums?

citizensm1th

5,125 posts

83 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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I wonder if CTF will be able to cope with the upturn in traffic.


krisdelta

4,009 posts

147 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Funk said:
They'll need to realise that the thing that drives the classifieds is the forum user base.

If they get that wrong, it'll just die. Ironically though, even as a PHer of many years I start at Autotrader if I'm looking at cars.
+1, sadly - I'd love that not to be the case.

0ddball

312 posts

85 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Rawwr said:
This can only be good news. Haymarket were a useless shower of bds who managed to suck most of the life out of Pistonheads, whilst at the same time treating the audience - their product - like scum and disregarding absolutely every concern raised.
I'm sure this new corporate entity will be all about the people. They have acquired it to make money and will do whatever it takes to do that.

Tj13e11

6 posts

13 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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I say we just make a new form if this one goes to scensoredit, try and salvage what we have and try to get permission for the archives

NicoG

531 posts

154 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Will I still get free classified adverts on account of joining so long ago...

Will I fk. I expect......

Vaud

33,451 posts

101 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Krikkit said:
This really - Haymarket are a firm based on giving no tosses about the online presence of their acquisitions. This can only be a good thing.
Campaign was an acquisition and remains a go-to for much of adland/marketing.

Blackpuddin

9,308 posts

151 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Anything on here to suggest when this is happening?
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