ClickMechanic, the U.K. startup offering a marketplace that lets car owners book a mobile mechanic, has won seed funding.
The London-based company, founded by Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton, has raised £320,000 from angel investors led by former Just Eat chief executive Klaus Nyengaard.
This adds to £100,000 that the startup and graduate of so-called ‘pre-accelerator’ Entrepreneur First (EF) had previously raised from various investors, including former director of Auto Trader James Bromley, and Imperial Innovations.
The latter is the VC arm of Imperial College where Kenton earned his Masters in information systems engineering.
The idea behind the startup has its roots in Jervis’ Masters thesis while he was studying for a Masters in Enterprise at The University of Manchester, focusing on automotive repair.
His thesis looked at the feasibility of adopting an 'aggregation model' to alleviate the problems of mistrust in the automotive repair industry.
Prior to that, Jervis ran a website selling wheel trims. After graduating, he teamed up with Kenton at EF in October 2012 and ClickMechanic was founded.
“It’s well documented that the automotive repair industry is fraught with problems. A lack of transparency, poor quality labour, and wasted time taking cars to garages have all led to a large amount of mistrust in the industry,” Jervis said.
“The UK repair industry has an abundance of repair data and thousands of great mobile mechanics; we saw ClickMechanic as the best way of bringing the mechanics together in one trusted network while using data to further bring trust to users on the prices they pay.”