Executives at vehicle listings company CarGurus Inc. remain bullish about its wholesale digital trading platform CarOffer, despite a fourth-quarter loss in the newly called out reporting segment of digital wholesale.
CarGurus' digital wholesale segment, which includes dealer-to-dealer and Instant Max Cash Offer services and products sold via CarOffer, booked a $2.6 million operating loss in the fourth quarter, down from $16.7 million in operating income in the fourth quarter of 2021. Digital wholesale revenue in the fourth quarter plunged 33 percent to $120.5 million vs. $178.6 million a year earlier.
"I don't think there's a long-term change," CarGurus President Sam Zales said of CarOffer during the company's earnings call. "We think the biggest opportunity here … is to put CarOffer and CarGurus together to create dealer opportunity to source market and sell their vehicles in the most efficient way possible."