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Mihir Mohan: Pitstop India’s first independent doorstep car service and repairs provider. With its own inspection mechanism and service centre network, Pitstop offers a standardised service model at transparent, economical and convenient car services solution.
It all started when I along with my family planned to go out on a road trip during the eves of one fine Sunday but like many others, had a horrible car service experience which ultimately led to cancellation of the trip. It’s very inconvenient to avail car service and repair that leads to customers postponing appointments and small issues become bigger if not done at right time. You don’t get frictionless service from quality, trustworthy sources when you need it.
Taking car to the authorised service dealers is not only time consuming but also expensive. The main trends of customers in the automotive industry show that the standards of service expectations have increased with a high demand for transparency in the process of servicing. 61 per cent customers go to a company owned service centre and 47 per cent may intend to change their current service centre.
Pitstop is focused to serve customers at their home or office. Customers get their car serviced right in front of your house at their own convenience, without having to drive to a workshop. It is an innovative move that promises you total transparency and assured reliability, allowing customers to audit the entire process. Moreover, it is an economical option without any kind of up selling.
There are multiple reasons due to which your car might lose its warranty cover. The most common one is not adhering to the manufacturer recommended service schedule. Also, if you don’t service your car at the authorised workshop, the manufacturer will void its warranty. Only in case of body repairs, warranty doesn’t get affected.
Our customers are our brand ambassadors. We have 4.5/5 and 4.9/5 rating Facebook and Google. New customers usually read reviews online and gain first level of trust on Pitstop. Also, our in-house mechanics perform the service at the convenience of home or office in front of customer allowing the customer to audit the entire process. The range of genuine products, transparent service & our reliable technician generally helps us to gain trust from the customer.
We have serviced close to 50,000 cars till date. Initially when we started, we didn’t have enough experience and market expectations. Most of our customers used to be those who either have a second hand vehicle or were looking for a cheap repair option since their car was more than 4-5 years old. With time, we felt that the real need was to upgrade the entire service experience and not just focus on pricing.
Our initial challenge is to build a supply of trained technicians and crack the on-demand spare parts logistics which helps in delivering service at doorstep within 90 minutes. This is what will create mobility and add super convenience to end-user. After the launch of Pitstop, we found that we were able to get more business for the community of mechanics in local garages and to improve the capacity utilization of their infrastructure. This has helped us gain their support to keep our business going
Carnation has been a pioneer in our space and I believe it was an idea way ahead of its time. Spares market was not open and so were the customers not willing to experiment. It is for their effort that eventually spares market got opened up and thus startups like ours exist. Since some of the blockers like parts were solved, we could focus on issues pertaining across five main pillars in this industry – quality, convenience, pricing, TAT and trust through technology led innovations in a much leaner way.
Presently most of mechanics we have hired from referrals / word of mouth. We are partnering with polytechnics colleges all over the country.
Automotive industry is struggling today because of skilled manpower. Skill upgradation is absolutely necessary in this industry due to changing landscape. Every new technician goes through one-month technical & soft skill training program. Presently we have in-house automotive experts who monitor individual performance provide necessary training with the help of external reputed organisations.
We have national level partnerships and buy parts directly from manufacturers, allowing a customer to receive high-quality parts at reasonable prices. We have central spares warehouse in each city.
Our service is not only convenient, it’s also more affordable. Since our mechanics are mobile, we have significantly lower overhead costs compared to dealerships. And as a national brand, we are able to negotiate better prices from auto parts vendors. We pass these savings on to customers.
Yes. Serve premium car brands. Majority of the luxury car owners looking for alternate option other than dealerships due to heavy service cost. We specialised workshops in different parts of the city to serve only premium cars.
Presently, we provide road side assistance only in Bengaluru. By the end of this year We will be live for roadside assistance in other six cities – Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad.
We are currently serving seven cities – Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad, and hope to become a pan-India brand by 2021. We are also evaluating opportunity in south east Asia where we think that a similar market exists. Our partners in Singapore have started experimenting with our platform.
Technology knows no boundary. The vision for launching in Singapore was to enable convenient and transparent car service in Singapore using our technology platform, similar to what we have been executing in India. We have partnered with Goldbell Group to Launch car Service and Repair platform in Singapore. This opportunity also allows Pitstop a ground to make our technology platform more powerful with real time service and repair experience at scale.
Entering into bike servicing is not in present plan. India’s automotive sector is valued at approximately USD 15 billion in the top eight cities of which the after sales market is close to USD 7 billion and growing at a healthy pace. At Pitstop, currently we are focusing to become the market leader expanding its business for car servicing only.
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