Beepbeep.ph can pick up and have your car serviced with valet feature
MANILA, Philippines – In October 2017, online car shop directory beepbeep.ph launched to fulfill a simple task: helping car owners find automotive services, be it repairs, auto detailing, or paint jobs within their vicinity.
Founder Anton Ojeda wanted a way to make the whole process of having your car serviced and maintained easier for the casual car owner. He himself confessed that he wasn't a gearhead, per se, and that he simply wanted to find the most convenient manner by which he could find and schedule servicing for his car.
To his, and his partner Paolo Acosta's surprise, strangely there wasn't anyone doing anything that would expedite the fulfillment of such a need. There are websites listing restaurants, and there's AirBnb for home rentals, and Uber for cars. They didn't see one for car servicing establishments.
In fact, they go so far as to say that based upon their research, a website that aggregates automotive services exists nowhere else in the world, and that beepbeep.ph may be first not just in the Philippines but the world.
What adds to the surprise is that the market certainly exists. Ojeda, in his presentation at the press event, shared that there are more than 3 million cars in Metro Manila. If each of these cars visited a shop twice a year for maintenance, that's more than 6 million visits, he said.
Ojeda looks at their service as a way to "modernize the car service industry." They've partly done that by bringing all the 7,000 or so automotive shops in Metro Manila to an online, publicly accessible listing. The company said it took them about 4 months of legwork – going to the actual shop, and then verifying their legal documents – to bring them all to the site.
They intend to expand to provinces nationwide in a year, and are also targeting a Southeast Asian expansion by the end of next year.
The website also features user reviews for the shops.
The company is also expanding to new services, chief of which is a valet option – called Service Valet –that picks up your car from a given location like your house, then brought to a shop, and later returned after the service.
The company currently has 60 drivers and 30 more currently in training. "Our driver screening process is intense. We make sure they have a professional driver's license, have experience, and we put them under rigorous testing wherein they drive several different car types," Ojeda said.
Booking and scheduling with a shop are free but there is a fee for pick up and delivery. Rates for pick up and delivery are P1000 for a round trip and P600 for a one-way trip (pick-up point to shop or shop to delivery point).
The drivers are also full-time employees of the company, and aren't contractual in nature such as those in the ride-sharing industry. Trips are also insured at no cost to the customer – such that if anything happens at all, an insurance company can jump right in. Valet services are also fully documented by video for the duration of the trip.
Ojeda said that this service is especially valuable for those who simply don't want to spend the time to take their cars by themselves to the shops. "With our time getting stretched further and further, we realized that a solution like beepbeep.ph's Service Valet will help make people's lives a whole lot better," he said.
Ojeda also said that majority of shops don't offer payment options beyond cash. But if they book through beepbeep.ph, they may opt to pay with other options such as credit cards.
Assistance for drivers
Also announced at the press event is their newly launched roadside assistance program, which has no membership fees, is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and offered with non-cash payment options.
They're also launching the beepbeep.ph app in June, a key feature of which will be easy access to their roadside assistance program.
Beepbeep.ph has generated P150 million in funding from companies such as ASI Studios Inc., Brenmedia International Inc., and Synergy88 Realty and Development Corporation.
Here's a list of their featured services:
- Maintenance and mechanical repairs
- Wheels and tires
- Car wash and detailing
- Battery and towing
- Insurance and LTO registration
- Body repairs, paints, and wraps
- Parts and accessories
Beepbeep.ph's partner shops are currently located in Pasig, Taguig, San Juan, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Malabon, Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, Parañaque, Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Pasay, and Pateros. – Rappler.com