YourMechanic is a rare breed of technology startup that wants to make life a little easier for the average American.
Most of us dread having to wait in a mechanic shop while your car gets a new set of brakes. The startup wants to takes the auto shop out of the equation and bring a car mechanic to wherever you are. As VentureBeat reported when it launched at Y Combinator in March, it aims to be the “Airbnb of car repair.”
“Car owners have suffered bad car repair experiences for too long. Auto repair is a $200 billion industry that lacks innovation and must improve,” said Art Agrawal, CEO and cofounder of YourMechanic in a statement.
According to Agrawal, using YourMechanic will save you money as the mechanic isn’t burdened by heavy infrastructure business costs — about 30 percent less than your typical shops and dealers. Your quote will be delivered immediately and is fixed, and consumers can hire a mechanic based on a review system, book the appointment, and pay through the service. The company takes a transaction fee from selling parts.
YourMechanic pulled in $1.2 million today from a series of high-profile investors including Y Combinator, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Andreessen Horowitz, Launch Capital, SoftTechVC, CrunchFund, and Ashton Kutcher, among others.
The company launched its web and mobile apps today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the annual tech conference in San Francisco. Read up on the highlights, and coverage here.