When it comes to finding the best local garage to take your car to, there are a number of things that you want to think about. The locality of the garage may be the most important factor but price, any specialities, opening hours and reputation are all elements that need to be taken on board when thinking about where to take your car. There is no getting away from the fact that many people rely on their vehicle, and this means that there is a need to find a reliable and reputable garage to care for your vehicle.
Sadly, this may be a harder task than it seems, and if you live in an area with a number of garages and service centres, it can be a difficult process to know which firm to use. This is where the work of comparison sites come in handy, but it is fair to say that many people are wary of what they find on a garage comparison site.
Clearly the people behind a garage comparison site are looking to make money out of the project, it is unlikely that they will be carrying out an altruistic act for motorists, and this means that they need to generate some form of income from the site. Advertising can bring in some money but it is perhaps inevitable that some sites will start to favour certain garages or brands due to financial support or backing that they receive.
Crowdfunding can boost firm
This is why there is a need to find a truly independent comparison site and a Liverpool based firm may have achieved a novel solution which will allow them to grow and develop, while also receiving funding and income. Dipstix is a company that provides a vehicle repair, servicing and MOT comparison, which was launched in 2013.
The company placed itself on a crowdfunding website, Seedrs with the aim of raising £300,000 worth of investment. The firm was founded by a former director of the Just Eat company, so there is an online pedigree and the investment for the firm has come from the UK and abroad. The international investment has rolled in from Germany and Scandinavia, with this money being behind the launch of two new products, and a further two products which will be launched in the New Year.
The first service is Dipstix Rescue, which will provide an independent roadside recovery service and Dipstix SurePass, which aims to provide a service which protects a vehicle against any potential repair work that would be uncovered during a MOT.
In 2015, the company will launch Dipstix Dealers and Dipstix Total Care, two other services which aim to provide motorists with a high standard of support and services at all stages of the car buying and owning process.