BodyShopBids Expands to Seattle, Portland, Spokane Metro Areas - BodyShop Business

BodyShopBids Expands to Seattle, Portland, Spokane Metro Areas

Chicago-based startup begins nationwide expansion by offering online estimates in Pacific Northwest.

BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that allows consumers to solicit car repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced its expansion to the Pacific Northwest. The BodyShopBids network will cover the metro areas of Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Spokane, Wash.

Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids connects consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through an online bidding system, the company says. Consumers upload a photo of their damaged vehicle and receive several quotes from nearby body shops within 24 hours. A personal BodyShopBids representative is available to walk the consumer through the repair process. From there, the consumer can choose an estimate and book an appointment with the body shop.

BodyShopBids launched in June 2011 in Chicago, and the company says it has processed more than $2.5 million in vehicle damage estimates to date.

"With BodyShopBids, consumers have a painless way to find a reputable body shop and save money on repairs," said Brad Weisberg, founder and CEO of BodyShopBids. "Despite its large population, 84 percent of Seattle households have one or more vehicles, making it a prime target market for us."

These locations represent several of the many cities lined up for BodyShopBids’ expansion to major metro areas across the United States and Canada.
"BodyShopBids gives shop owners a unique avenue to bring in new business," Weisberg said. "We look forward to replicating this model in Seattle, Portland, Spokane and eventually into Canada."

BodyShopBids announced a $1 million round of Series A financing from OCA Ventures, New World Ventures and Lightbank in January.

More information:
Body shop owners who wish to join the BodyShopBids network can sign up by visiting BodyShopBids’ shop owner page. 

You May Also Like

Axalta Announces Partnership with Solera

Axalta customers will now be able to estimate their CO2 emissions per repair while considering repair methods, paint application process and drying conditions.

Axalta announced it has partnered with Solera, whereby Axalta's conventional and Fast Cure Low Energy (FCLE) refinish paint systems will be integrated into Solera’s Sustainable Estimatics platform, enabling Axalta customers to estimate their CO2 emissions per repair while considering repair methods (repair versus replace), paint application process and drying conditions.

CTHS Auto Collision Students Dominate UTI Top Tech Challenge

Auto Collision students at Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School placed in six of the top 10 spots at the recent UTI Top Tech Challenge competition.

PPG to Build New Paint and Coatings Manufacturing Facility in Tennessee

The new plant is part of PPG’s planned $300 million investment in advanced manufacturing in North America to support increased demand for paints and coatings in the automotive industry.

CIF Announces Sherwin-Williams as Repeat Annual Donor

This marks Sherwin-Williams’ third consecutive donation at the Urgent Care tier.

Florida Maaco Transfers Ownership to Longtime Industry Veterans

Maaco announced that Maaco Longwood in Longwood, Fla., has transferred ownership from Elimu Kajunju to Justin DePasquale and Pete Huber.

Other Posts

AirPro Diagnostics Named Preferred Supplier for Fix Network

AirPro Diagnostics announced it has entered into an agreement with Fix Network to supply its franchisees with diagnostics and ADAS calibrations technologies.

ASE Spring Testing Underway, Deadline June 30

Those who register by June 30 will have 90 days to schedule an appointment to take their selected ASE tests.

Billions and Billions: Private Equity Investments in Collision Repair Surge 

In the last five months, more than $9 billion in capital has been invested into the collision repair industry by private equity firms.

ASE Offers Tool Kit for Auto Service Professionals Month

The online ASE Tool Kit gives repair shops, parts suppliers and industry organizations access to ASE marketing assets for use in their own communications.