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