Most car owners already understand that having ownership over a car doesn't stop once you drive away from the dealerships. You need to repair and maintain the car and this will often mean large costs and lengthy periods of time.
Enter Anton Ojeda’s beepbeep.ph platform, which is designed to make car ownership more convenient. First among its features is a database of service providers in the Greater Metro Manila area. These range from auto dealer casas to midsized mechanic shops like Rapide to small talyer and vulcanizing shops.
“We did not crowdsource our list; we found them ourselves by going to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), business centers and car establishments,” Ojeda said.
“Initially, we thought there would be about 2,000 to 3,000, and we were surprised that there were 7,000 of them, and those are the ones with business permits. We did not include those…not registered on our list…to protect our users,” he added.
That directory, in itself, already answered a need, and people were already logging on to find what shop was near them, what it specialized in and, if possible, the estimated cost of the service they needed, according to the beepbeep.ph chief.
“Simply going on Google will not give you that information,” he said.
Ojeda did not stop there, of course. The platform also offers a specialized concierge service, in which users can have their designated drivers pick up their car from a house and bring it to and from the repair shop.
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