Car Boot Bingo is a Live Bingo Network (LBN) site that launched in 2015 using Cozy Games software. Usually, LBN sites offer similar (if not identical) games and promotions, but Car Boot claims to be different. Apparently, the brand is home to the “UK’s 1st Virtual Goods Bingo Game” where players can set up their own pitches, earn valuable virtual items, and reveal hidden prizes. It also has a news section for car boot enthusiasts, and has recently partnered with OnlineCarBooty which runs weekly virtual car boot sales. Curious to find out more, our reviewer set off in the hopes of finding a rare bargain…
While the traditional Cozy Games menu and lobby layouts are reminiscent of its sister sites (such as Bob’s and Scrummy Bingo), Car Boot has done an amazing job of making itself stand out. We love the panoramic background, which offers you a delightful view of a countryside car boot sale on a summer’s day, and the little touches such as the hot air balloons taking off in the distance and the cars carrying home stacks of purchases strapped to their roofs are cutely quaint.
The homepage lets you quickly view the welcome offers, the current value of the progressive room jackpots, the top slots and bingo rooms, the latest Car Boot news, an overview of the loyalty scheme, recent winners, and a brief introduction to the site. It’s great that pretty much everything you might want to know as a potential new player has been covered.
Customer support is available by live chat, email, support ticket, and telephone 24/7, and the agents are genuinely friendly and helpful.
When it comes to promotions, Car Boot Bingo has the full line-up of LBN network offers, including a £15 no-deposit bonus which you can claim once you’ve registered an account and added valid credit/debit card details, and a three-part welcome package. The welcome package gives you 500%, 350%, and 300% bonuses on your first, second, and third deposit of £10+ each, and the wagering requirements are 4x bingo or 10x slots.
In addition, there’s a Refer-A-Friend scheme which offers you a £10 Amazon voucher when anyone joins the site through your referral invitation and makes their first deposit of at least £10, free game card offers for players who subscribe to the LBN blog and like LBN’s Twitter and Facebook pages, casino cash bonuses on all deposits, daily free bingo tournaments, and free tickets for the daily, weekly, and monthly jackpot specials.
As a member of the Live Bingo Network, Car Boot runs on Cozy Games software. The rooms are nice and busy, particularly the networked rooms, and the chat moderators are great fun to converse with. The lobby could be better designed as the different bingo variants aren’t listed in order, but you do get to see how many players are in each room, the price of tickets, the prize value, a countdown timer, and a pre-buy option.
The Mobile tab on the main menu leads you to a page which explains how to play on mobile devices. As there’s no app to download, all you need to do is visit Car Boot Bingo mobile web browser and sign in or register as a new player.
The site is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, and uses a random number generator (RNG) that’s been independently tested by iTech Labs to ensure fair play. Car Boot also keeps your financial and personal details secure by using a secure URL and a Trustwave SSL certificate.
Like most LBN sites, Car Boot Bingo gives you access to five online bingo variants (90, 80, 75, 50, and 30-ball), and plenty of slots, scratch cards, and casino games. However, none of them are exclusive to Car Boot. There’s a free 50-ball room, but that’s about it as far as freebie games go.
The one thing that got us really excited when we first arrived at Car Boot Bingo was the apparent uniqueness of the site, which is rare for a brand on such a large network as Cozy Games. The homepage claims Car Boot has the “UK’s 1st Virtual Goods Bingo Game”, and there are other mentions of a Car Boot Community Forum where you can “create your own store and shop for lucky virtual goods”. However, the link to the Car Boot Community Forum that players see when they’re logged in simply redirects you to the Car Boot Bingo Facebook page, and there’s no mention of how or where you can create a store, “earn valuable virtual goods”, and “reveal hidden prizes and win more”. We queried this with the live chat team, who asked us to email the manager of the Live Bingo Network. They, in turn, told us our query had been passed to LBN’s Business Development Manager who would respond “very soon”. However, after waiting nine days and not receiving a response, we’ve concluded that the virtual store and game don’t appear to exist.
The Cashier lets you make quick and easy deposits and withdrawals, and enter bonus codes. The banking options include Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Visa Electron, Neteller, and Paysafecard.
The minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts are £10 and £30 respectively, and something we feel should be more clearly advertised is that you can only submit one withdrawal request in any five-day period.
With Car Boot’s loyalty programme, you have the chance to move from Level 1 (Silver) up to Level 4 (SVIP) by earning loyalty points when you make deposits to your account. Although “special treatment” and “rewards” are mentioned, there’s no explanation of what the perks are. You also need to spend at least £1,001 before you can reach Level 2, which seems rather unfair.
As a Cozy Games site on the Live Bingo Network, Car Boot Bingo performs as expected. However, the misleading information regarding a virtual store and a virtual goods/rewards system is extremely disappointing. We can imagine that a high proportion of new players would sign up thinking they were going to see something different, and would be very frustrated by what they subsequently found. For this reason, we wouldn’t recommend joining Car Boot Bingo if you’re hoping to find anything at car-booters.