Digital Transformation for Constellation Automotive Group

Over 90 Opportunities for identified

Saved £50,000 and identified further savings of over £1M

Increased productivity by 10% & reduced process time by 20%

Reduced carbon footprint

There has been widescale adoption of the new technology so the project was a success.

CFO

Define it

Constellation Automotive Group is the largest vertically integrated digital car marketplace in Europe, combining leading brands such as We Buy Any Car, Cinch and Marshall. Marshall Motor Group, a rapidly growing company within the automotive retail sector, faced challenges due to its federated structure. The decentralised model, while effective for initial growth, led to inconsistencies across dealerships. Upon initial review, we identified manual processes, paper-based filing, and variations in paperwork, creating inefficiencies, impacting productivity, employee morale, and compliance. There was a need for digital transformation across the group.

Improve it

To achieve digital transformation and support continued growth, both organic and through acquisitions, Marshall required standardised processes, increased automation and improved efficiency. Our approach consisted of:

  • Process mapping: A comprehensive analysis of “as-is” business processes across dealerships identified 93 potential improvement areas.
  • Focus on standardisation: The project prioritised standardising documents required for buying and selling vehicles. Additionally, the paper-based filing system was eliminated and digitised.
  • Collaboration and configuration: Standard documents were defined, including brand-specific variations. A document storage and workflow system was configured in collaboration with a software provider, reflecting the standardised business process.
  • Proof of concept: A trial run with Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealerships in South England demonstrated the effectiveness of the new approach.

Sustain it

We developed and delivered bespoke training across dealerships to embed the new ways of working. By standardising processes and implementing a digital document management system, Constellation Automotive Group achieved significant operational improvements. This empowered them to focus on customer service and support future growth plans.

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