OneRequest Startup Helps Make It Easier to Buy a Car
Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No long forms · No spam · No fees
The pandemic brought changes to the car economy in Kansas. For one, most Kansans looked for ways to save on their car insurance. In addition, more people were comfortable buying a car online.
This was great news for Eric Westphal, CEO and founder of OneRequest. OneRequest is a startup that launched in the pandemic. Unlike some companies that started during this time, OneRequest is thriving.
Here is what you need to know about this Overland Park startup.
OneRequest offers a concierge service that finds a car for you. | Twenty20
What is OneRequest?
OneRequest is an aggregate website for car shopping. On the surface, this doesn’t sound special. After all, AutoTrader and Cars.com have dominated this space for years. OneRequest isn’t a new online-only dealership either.
However, OneRequest does have one key service that separates it from the others. It offers a concierge service that finds a car for you. Instead of endless hours of scrolling through pages and trying to dodge scams, a OneRequest concierge will do all the work.
Simply provide the concierge with all the specifications you want, and they will do all the work for you. Not only will the concierge find a car that fits within your criteria, but they’ll also negotiate with the dealership or private seller. If needed, they can arrange financing options and get the car delivered to you. The concierge can also arrange to get your old car traded in if needed.
While this is a major convenience, it is not free. Customers will need to pay $99 upfront, and an additional $699 if they find you a new car. There is an additional $199 fee if they handle your trade-in. This is nearly a $1,000 expense, but it can save you from a dealership scam.
OneRequest’s origin story
Like many innovative companies, OneRequest was born out of frustration. Westphal was unhappy with the traditional car-buying experience. The endless site searching, the anxiety of shopping at dealerships, and the bombardment of spam left Westphal disenchanted. He knew there had to be a better way.
Westphal left his successful career as an IT executive to start OneRequest, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. While the company is barely a year old, the early reviews are mostly positive.
While OneRequest has an intriguing solution to most problems associated with car shopping, no company is perfect. Their greatest shortfalls can be tied to their infancy.
As OneRequest is headquartered in the suburbs of Kansas City, most of its strategic partners are only in the Midwest. Outside of Kansas City, most of their partnerships are near St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis.
Nonetheless, they are looking at expanding to more markets this year. Specifically, they want to expand everywhere between Tennessee and Michigan. Their concierges can still provide services to customers outside this range. They just won’t have the same relationship with dealerships outside of the Midwest.
Just as OneRequest is simplifying the car buying experience, Jerry is doing the same with car insurance. A licensed broker, Jerry does all the hard work of finding the cheapest quotes from the top name-brand insurance companies and buying new car insurance. Jerry will even cancel your old policy for you.
And to ensure you always have the lowest rate, Jerry will send you new quotes every time your policy comes up for renewal, so you’re always getting the coverage you want at the best price. This level of service is why Jerry earned a 4.6/5 rating on the App Store and made it the top insurance app in the country.