ClickMechanic: The online marketplace connecting people with mechanics
ClickMechanic was first conceived after Andrew Jervis identified a lack of trust in the relationships between mechanics and their customers, with no easyway of booking a car service online.
Using his background in the automotive parts industry, Jervis set his sights on creating an online marketplace where people could book a car mechanic in the easiest and most transparentway.
Through itsinnovative quoting functionality, ClickMechanic now matches up thousands of customers each month with professional local mechanics. The platform offers an simplebooking system withan online diagnostics inspection that has yet to be rivalled in the tech space.
Business Advice caught up with Jervis to find out more about how ClickMechanic became a market leader in car services, his business inspirations, and his hopesfor the future.
(1) Who are you and what’s your business?
I am Andrew Jervis, co-founder and CEO of ClickMechanic. Were bringing trust, transparency and convenience to auto-repairs through our online marketplace.
(2) How long have you been around for?
We were officially founded in 2012, coming out of a McKinsey & Company startupaccelerator called Entrepreneur First.
(3) How do you make money?
We take a percentage from every booking we receive as commission.
(4)?Whatmakes you different and why should people take notice?
Getting a repair with ClickMechanic is’so easy and gives instant peace of mind you’re getting an honest deal and a great mechanic.
We allow customers to get an instant online industry-standard quote in justone minute, using our state of the art quote engine that uses millions of data points the first of its kind in Europe.
Once receiving a quote, the user can quickly book-in online and have one of our vetted 900 mechanics come and take care of their vehicle.
(5) What was key in terms of getting started?
Prior to starting ClickMechanic I previously had an online automotive parts business, which I sold.
This led me onto undertaking a research masters at the University of Manchester, where I investigated a lot of the issues that existed in the automotive repair space, and looked at a number of models that could help alleviate these.
I then moved down to London, where I met my co-founder and our chief technology officer, and we kicked things off from there.
(6) What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Delivering a real game-changing product that is honestly changing peoples lives when it comes to automotive repairs.
Weve also built an awesome team, and these things combined together have helped us grow at a very healthy rate.
(7) What setbacks have you had along the way?
There a numerous set-backs when building a company, from having cash flow issues, to seeing particular deals not quite come-off, to huge product deployments getting delayed by months you just have to keep fighting through them.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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