Webmotors‘ cars for sale search has a filter for bullet proof cars. To us at carsales, this is just one example as to why our global platform needs to accommodate nuances of local markets. After all, if we were based in Alaska and were moving globally to Australia, air conditioning may be a search filter that would need adding.
It makes sense in Brazil because there is a reason bullet proof glass is a must have new car after sale accessory – at some point it will most probably be needed.
Just before the Rio Olympics news came through about a Russian diplomat being the victim of a robbery where two guys on a motorbike pulled up beside his car, smashed his window and demanded his watch; a gun was pulled by one of the robbers, the Russian diplomat pulled the robber into the car, took his gun and shot him.
For us in Australia it is an amazing story. I’ve been traveling to Brazil for carsales and our Webmotors business very regularly over the past 3 years and unfortunately I don’t find it amazing; “only in Brazil” as Fernanda from Webmotors would say.
You learn very quickly that in traffic (and believe me in São Paulo there is plenty of it!) you do not sit there with your window down waiting for someone to come and relieve you of some valuable items.
Take a story that happened to one our Webmotors’ team members which is not an uncommon one). He was sitting in São Paulo traffic waiting for the lights to change when a motorbike pulled up with two guys on it. The passenger uses the handle of a pistol to bang on the driver side window to check if it was normal glass or bullet proof glass. It was bullet proof – pretty easy to tell the difference with the butt of a pistol – so they move on to test another car.
He wasn’t so lucky the next time however when he had a flat tyre and was changing it on the side of the road. Two guys came up casually, waited for him to finish changing the tyre, produced a gun and drove off with car. Bullet proof glass doesn’t help when you aren’t in the car I suppose.
A lot of more expensive cars go an extra step and are fully armored. It is an after market item that has to be considered and factored into the price of driving a nice car.
I’m sure every country is different when it comes to options required in cars and why Brazil be any different!