Pinoy Auto Trader

Pinoy Auto Trader was an online automotive marketplace primarily catered for the Philippine market. It was owned and operated by Netrepreneur Connections Enterprises and was a sister-company of the Philippine buy and sell website Pinoy Auto Trader was primarily a business-to-consumer (B2C) website.[1]

Pinoy Auto Trader
FoundedManila, Philippines in 2011
FoundersDaniel Scott, Christopher Franks and Reynaldo Castellano III [1]
Headquarters2410 Unionbank Plaza, Cor. Onyx & Sapphire Roads, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Philippines


Pinoy Auto Trader was founded by Daniel Scott, Christopher Franks and Reynaldo Castellano III as part of Philippine technology startup company, Inc and launched in public beta on November 14, 2012.[2][3]

In October 2012, prior to the official beta-launch, the Pinoy Auto Trader website was one of eight winners during the inaugural Philippine startup competition Hack2Hatch that was organized and hosted by Filipino Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Winson Damarillo, Dado Banatao and Paco Sandejas.[4][5]

Shortly after launch, Pinoy Auto Trader founders met with RJ David, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of to discuss potential collaboration and possible investment opportunities. On February 28, 2013 Pinoy Auto Trader was officially acquired by Netrepreneur Connections Enterprises ( The announcement of the acquisition was made public on July 3, 2013 during an official press conference which also marked the release of version 2.0 of the Pinoy Auto Trader website.[6][7][8][9]


On January 30, 2014 Pinoy Auto Trader sent out an email to all its dealers announcing the impending closure of the website and business operations on February 7, 2014. It was also stated that the dealers are given this notice to migrate all their car ads onto their mother company,[10]

On February 7, 2014 Pinoy Auto Trader posted a closure notice on their website announcing the official shutdown and requested all website visitors to proceed to to browse car listings.


Pinoy Auto Trader focuses primarily on the selling experience for trade car dealers by providing microsites which are referred to as online dealer showrooms. These microsites allow dealers to identify car listings as well as highlighting a variety of content such as brand identity, promotions, contact details and social media channels.[11] This service is provided for sellers of both brand new and second-hand vehicles. Used car trade dealers can also access integration features between the Pinoy Auto Trader and websites which allows a used car listing that is posted on Pinoy Auto Trader to automatically repost on[12][13]

Pinoy Auto Trader also hosts a new car directory which contains detailed information, technical specifications and prices for every new car available in the Philippines. The new car-directory also provides professional technical car reviews courtesy of Pinoy Auto Trader’s partners at the popular automotive publication C! Magazine.[14]

Other features include a regularly updated blog which hosts information and advice from across the Philippine automotive industry.


  1. ^ "Sulit acquires Pinoy Auto Trader" ABS CBN News. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  2. ^ "Pinoy Auto Trader wants to simplify the hunt for a used car, launches public beta" E27. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. ^ "Pinoy Auto Trader Launches in Public Beta Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine" Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  4. ^ "Hack2Hatch" Hack2Hatch from Hacker to Founder
  5. ^ "Hack2Hatch: Pinoy Auto Trader makes buying and selling cars easier" E27. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  6. ^ " acquires Pinoy Auto Trader site" Rappler. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  7. ^ " acquires Pinoy Auto Trader" Yahoo News. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  8. ^ " acquires Pinoy start-up in car biz expansion Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine" Interaksyon InfoTek. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  9. ^ " welcomes Pinoy Auto Trader" Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  10. ^ "Pinoy Auto Trader to shutdown web site on February 7, 2014 Archived February 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine" "Kabayantech" Retrieved 2014-02-11
  11. ^ "Looking for car deals? Go Online" Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  12. ^ "Collaboration trumps competition as Sulit acquires Pinoy Auto Trader" e27 TechNews. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  13. ^ "Car dealers can now ‘be in two places at once" Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  14. ^ "WINDOW SHOPPER | Browsing through Pinoy Auto Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine" Interaksyon. Retrieved 2013-07-06.

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