Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — RepairLync, a startup based in the San Francisco Bay Area, launched its mobile app, aimed at the automotive repair industry. RepairLync intends to bridge the gap between car owners and repair shops through its first in the industry electronic diagnosis to shop tool.
RepairLync’s technology takes advantage of OBD-II (onboard diagnostics) sensor data, as vehicles 1996 or later are OBD-II compliant. Using an inexpensive third party OBD-II reader with their smartphone, a user scans their vehicle’s computer for diagnostic data and sends it to local shops for repair quotes. The app also works without the OBD-II reader, where the user can manually choose needed repairs. RepairLync currently has hundreds of shops in its database and is signing up new shop partners every day.
The app has been available on the Android market since December 2014 and RepairLync users have been giving positive feedback of the technology, as user Sandra stated “…Nobody should go see mechanic until they have this info! It gives power back to the customer so that you don't get charged for parts or labor you don't need!” RepairLync’s vision is to simply connect car owners to repair shops electronically from their home. This saves time, gives visibility, and empowers users to choose their repair location based on reviews or price.
Many repair facilities have also embraced the idea, due to the free online presence, and the opportunity to increase their customer base.
“Working on cars most of my life, I always tried to figure out ways to get repairs done more efficiently,” said founder Craig Whitney. “I was constantly examining vehicle OBD systems, and wondered how to make full use of it. This app gets this information to the consumer, and straight to those who are most qualified to translate it – certified shop mechanics. Consumers then have the freedom to choose where they can take their vehicle in for repair, as easily as they do so in Yelp, when looking for restaurants.”
RepairLync is currently targeted and expanding in the San Francisco Bay Area, already with several shop partners concentrated in the Bay Area. They aim to spread further, as they already have presence in multiple states.
The app is available for Android smartphones and tablets. There are no fees, so shop estimates do not include a premium. Repair shop bills are paid straight to the shop, so consumers do not need to worry about paying for the repair until after the work is done.
For more information, visit http://www.repairlync.com or email any questions to support(at)repairlync(dot)com.
Joseph Michael Yu