Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:07

BodyShopBids Processes $1.5 Million in Car Repair Estimates in First Five Months of Service

Chicago-based startup grows rapidly, fielding over 1,300 auto body damage reports and claming to save consumers an average of $750 per car repair.

BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom car repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced on Nov. 10 that it has written $1.5 million in body repair estimates within its first five months of service.

The Lightbank-funded company launched in June 2011. Since then, BodyShopBids has partnered with more than 160 body shops in Chicago and saved its customers an average of 60 percent on each car repaired, the company claims.

Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids is the first of its kind to connect consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through a unique bidding system. Consumers upload a photo of their damaged vehicles and receive custom quotes from nearby body shops within 24 hours. A personal concierge also educates consumers on the repair process. From there, the consumer chooses an estimate and books an appointment with the body shop.

"We're excited to experience such tremendous growth in a short period of time, and our goal is to continue to build on that success," said Brad Weisberg, founder and president of BodyShopBids. "We've seen that there's a demand for a service like ours--people want to be able to find reputable body shops nearby, choose the fairest price, understand what's actually wrong with their car and book an appointment, all from the comfort of their own home. We want to expand what we've started in Chicago to other cities in the very near future."

Unlike other companies that provide auto repair estimates, BodyShopBids does not require detailed information on damage to your car. The company works with local body shops to ensure they honor estimates and provide reputable service.

BodyShopBids is currently active in Chicago, with plans to expand to Los Angeles and other U.S. cities in the upcoming months.

BodyShopBids is a Chicago-based startup, funded by Lightbank, which provides a web and mobile platform to connect consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through a unique bidding system. The company's technology allows users to easily upload photos of damage vehicles and receive custom quotes from local body shops, all for free. To learn more about BodyShopBids, visit their YouTube demo video or website: www.BodyShopBids.com.