Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:48

BodyShopBids Expands to Offer Online and Mobile Auto Repair Estimates in California

BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom auto repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced February 21 its expansion to the state of California.

Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids connects consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through a unique bidding system. Consumers upload a photo of their damaged vehicle and receive several custom quotes from nearby body shops within 24 hours. From there, the consumer can select an estimate and book an appointment with the body shop.

The west coast move comes weeks after the company announced its expansion to the Pacific Northwest. The BodyShopBids network will initially focus on California’s major metro areas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland and Anaheim.

“The response from body shop owners across the country has been outstanding,” said Brad Weisberg, founder and CEO of BodyShopBids. “Body shops are recognizing that this technology fills a void in the industry, and that consumers are demanding information in ways that have never before been possible.” 

BodyShopBids is also evaluating other viable markets for its service, including Florida and parts of the southeast United States.

“We’ve had shop owners from all over the U.S. reach out to us about joining the BodyShopBids network,” said Weisberg. “They want to bring in new business and make it repeat business, which is where BodyShopBids delivers.”

Body shop owners who wish to join the network can sign up by visiting BodyShopBids’ Web page for shop owners. For consumers, the BodyShopBids smartphone app is available for download on both iPhone and Android devices.

About BodyShopBids
BodyShopBids is a Chicago-based startup that 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 damaged vehicles and receive custom quotes from local body shops, all for free. BodyShopBids is backed by OCA Ventures, New World Ventures and Lightbank. For more information, visit www.BodyShopBids.com.