Droom-Powered Orange Book Value Looks to Set Gold Standard in Used Vehicle Market
The Droom team of engineers, data scientists, product managers and marketing managers led by Sandeep and co-founder Rishab Malik has used empirical evidence gathered from the OBV platform built in to the Droom website in a bid to make the search engine as accurate as possible.
Today Droom Technology Pvt Ltd launched Orange Book Value (OBV), another service in its array of services offered on the online used automobile marketplace. The Droom team calls OBV “India’s first and only algorithmic benchmark pricing engine to measure the fair market value for any used automobile”. OBV will available as a website as well as a mobile app (for android and iOS only).
Sandeep Aggarwal, founder and CEO of Droom said on the occasion it was about increasing accuracy, minimising error and guesswork in setting a fair market based price for used vehicles across India. “Take for example a girl who moves to Delhi for her studies. She wants to buy a scooty. She has no way of knowing what the right price for a scooty would be. OBV’s algorithm will help decide with more accuracy what the market price is, and what others are paying for a scooty in the area she wants to buy it”.
The Droom team of engineers, data scientists, product managers and marketing managers led by Sandeep and co-founder Rishab Malik has used empirical evidence gathered from the OBV platform built in to the Droom website in a bid to make the search engine as accurate as possible. The US patent pending algorithm OBV uses has been developed using data gathered across 13 months, 30,000 customer transaction, 61,000 auto dealers and 650 crore worth of transactions. The algorithm is vendor agnostic and uses real time data to provide search results.
Sandeep’s vision for OBV to be the go-to automobile bible for all answers when buying a used vehicle is evident. OBV has even been made available as a widget automobile bloggers and any enthusiast can embed in their own websites. “It gives such bloggers and content creators the opportunity to monetize their platforms by embedding OBV in their blogs etc”. Then there are more plans to promote OBV across the banking community, and even publish a guidebook called the OBV to be used by underwriters. OBV already has the endorsement of Indian vehicle monoliths like RenewBuy and Carnation. Carnation founder Mr. Jagdish Khattar speaking on the occasion said OBV will “help the buyer, seller, and automobile industry”. Sandeep has further plans to add more offerings to enhance the Droom customer experience. “We plan to add more historical information on the vehicles searched for. For example like name of previous owner, price it was bought for etc.”
Sandeep, who is also a founder of ShopClues now the fifth unicorn in the Indian startup ecosystem certainly has the Midas touch. Despite the unfortunate run in with the FBI, Aggarwal has the instinct for what will make a fortune. The used automobile industry is larger than the market for new vehicles in India. Somendra, part of OBV team says the ratio is 1.2:1 and potentially could be a billion dollar industry. Cofounder of Droom, Rishab said that the current used vehicle market in India is about 125 billion dollars a year while the potential to grow within India and beyond (beginning with the South Asian region) in the next 3 or so years is tremendous. Sandeep added that the launch of OBV will stand to create 18000 more transfers by next March while Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) could increase to 3,000 Cr.