New Sitecore website for Inchcape

How we created Inchcape's new automotive website in Sitecore

Inchcape is the UK’s leading franchised vehicle retailer group, partnering with many of the world's best brands including, Audi, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen. A FTSE 250 company, Inchcape is headquartered in Solihull and operates from over 100 centres throughout the UK.


50% increase in website sessions
Faster load speeds by up to 50%
79% increase in goal conversion rate
170% increase in goal completions

The Challenge

Inchcape wanted to offer their customers a unique, market-leading digital experience.

Inchcape’s market research told them that increasingly, most touchpoints and experiences that customers have with the business, brand and product are digital. As a business committed to keeping the customer at the heart of everything they do, Inchcape were determined to make sure the digital experience they offer customers is market leading and uniquely their own.

Inchcape hired Kagool to help them deliver this vision.

Central to this would be redeveloping Inchcape’s website. There were several significant challenges to address:

  • Inchcape had a corporate website and ten premium manufacturer branded sites. They wanted to consolidate these into one site, whilst still catering for the individual needs of the manufacturers
  • Outside of the industry there was a lack of awareness for the Inchcape brand. Inchcape wanted to change brand perception by providing a market leading customer experience both online and offline. This would help differentiate them from their main competitors such as Evans Halshaw, Sytner, Arnold Clark and Lookers. Dealer sites have traditionally been orientated around the make and model of car. Inchcape were looking to focus on the needs of the customer to lead them through their purchase journey with personalised recommendations, rather than just selling them a car
  • Inchcape were having technical issues with their current website implementation. Built on Sitecore 8.1, they couldn’t test or personalise content through Sitecore. They felt they weren’t getting the most from their investment in Sitecore’s platform

Delivering a personalised website offering a great user experience

We rebuilt sections of the site in Sitecore 8.2 to address previous performance issues.

Inchcape can use Sitecore features such as personalisation, A/B testing and multi-variate testing that they couldn’t before. This will let them offer a much better, personalised user experience for visitors.

Delivering a great online customer experience is key to Inchcape’s business strategy. We built some innovative functionality to help such as:

  • A cross-brand car comparison tool. Built in React, it lets users compare multiple attributes from new cars and used cars such as acceleration, top speed, BHP, MPG, Co2 emissions and price. Best of all it’s quick & fully configurable by Inchcape. The fact users can compare multiple makes and models in one screen rather than having to go to multiple websites makes Inchcape’s site unique in the market.
  • An offers rules engine. This lets Inchcape select the attributes of a used car and display an online offer to customers. This can be applied to an individual car or a selection of cars based on make, model or status.
  • A fully configurable “needs based” search. This is a car search based on the users’ needs e.g. lifestyle, budget, body style. This is helpful for customers who are undecided on which car they should buy. They can prioritise the features and benefits that are important to them and receive a recommendation of the best make and models.

We worked closely with Inchcape’s existing SEO agency to make sure that SEO was considered properly. This was particularly important as we were rolling 10 manufacturer sites into 1 and didn’t want to suffer a major loss in organic rankings and website traffic.

Once development and testing were wrapped up Inchcape were ready to launch their new site.

Summary and next steps

The Inchcape site went live in February 18. Since then we have seen some impressive results.

Since launch key site metrics are up year on year with increased traffic, greater engagement and more conversions

  • Sessions are up 50%
  • Pages per session are up 43%
  • Bounce rate is down 11%
  • Page views up 115%
  • Session duration is up 39%
  • Goal completions are up 170%
  • Goal conversion rate is up 79%

Site performance is much improved with faster page speeds offering a better user experience

  • The site (homepage) loads in 1.1 seconds on Google’s servers compared to 1.6 seconds for
  • We are also scoring much better, with the older sites scoring 32/100 for optimisation and the new sites 69/100.
  • The new homepage is 2.2MB in page weight compared to 4MB for Volkswagen.
  • The new search page is also 1.6MB smaller than the old site’s and is loading 1 second faster.

The site is more secure with defined user roles

  • Previously all of Inchcape’s website editors had admin access. We’ve implemented user roles and permissions. This’ll make it much easier for Inchcape to manage workflow.

95% of the Inchcape website can now be personalised. We set up custom rules to personalise content based on the used car that they’re viewing. This is part of a wider strategy to start tracking ROI on personalisation

Phase 2 development will focus on further user experience improvements and personalisation work around the lifestyle aspects of buying a car. This fits with Inchcape’s goal of being thought of earlier in the customer journey and not just the purchase end-point.

"We’ve got big ambitions for the digital space and we’re delighted with the new Inchcape site Kagool has built. We’ve consolidated all our premium motor brands into one site. Plus, we’re able to use Sitecore marketing features such as testing and personalisation that were previously unavailable to our team through Sitecore. We’re already getting a better return from our investment in Sitecore and the work Kagool has done sets us up perfectly to deliver on our vision of offering an industry leading experience to our customers"

Head of digital marketing