Car Advice founders and presenter Paul Maric exit the business

After launching the business in 2006, Car Advice founders Alborz Fallah and Anthony Crawford have announced they will be exiting the business. Presenter and automotive expert Paul Maric will also be leaving.

Nine acquired a majority stake in Car Advice in September 2016 and acquired the remaining shares in 2018. Recently the media company announced it would be merging Car Advice and Drive, resulting in 10 redundancies, shortly before CEO Andrew Beecher said he would be stepping down.

Paul Maric says he, Alborz Fallah and Anthony Crawford are leaving because Car Advice is no longer about ‘great content and a love of cars’

In a post to LinkedIn, Maric revealed he, Fallah and Crawford would be ‘calling last drinks’ on their time with Car Advice.

“We’ve always said that when it stops being about great content and a love of cars, it’s time to find something else to do. Without wanting to bore you with details, that time has come and now feels right,” the post reads.

The post sums up Maric’s time with the business, which he joined a ‘year or so’ after it began when it was just Fallah and Crawford. A team then joined, including Beecher, the late Justin Whelan and ex-CEO David Holmes.

“The CarAdvice team is incredible and it’s hard to believe we worked in such a dynamic, nimble and fun team. Nothing was ever taken too seriously and we all had a love of the same thing – cars,” reads the post.

“While it may have looked like we spent most of our time sipping cocktails in First Class and travelling the world, in reality it was a bloody hard job, but an experience I wouldn’t change for the world.”

Alex Parsons, Nine’s Automotive CEO, thanked the trio for their work on the business.

“I want to thank Alborz, Tony and Paul for their contribution to CarAdvice over many years,” he said.

Maric said he isn’t sure what the future holds for him, but he plans to do some vlogging, some freelance work and spend more time with his wife, friends and family.


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