BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom auto repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced today its expansion to the state of California.
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.
"California offers a tremendous opportunity for our service, with millions of drivers concentrated in large metro areas," said Brad Weisberg, founder and CEO of BodyShopBids. "With BodyShopBids, Californians now have a painless way to find a reputable body shop and save money on repairs."
BodyShopBids says it 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."
Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids uses a bidding system to connect body shops and consumers. 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 company says it evaluates local body shops to ensure they provide honest and reputable service.
Body shop owners who wish to join the network can sign up by visiting the BodyShopBids web page for shop owners.