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Launched last October, the App now has around 325 service centres registered with it.— Photo: M. Karunakaran.

Launched last October, the App now has around 325 service centres registered with it.— Photo: M. Karunakaran.  

Three friends develop a mobile App that lists authorised service stations of automobile brands

Three friends — Nandha Kumar Ravi, Karthik Venkateswaran and Sundar Natesan — have come up with a mobile application that enables vehicle owners to access and book automobile services.

Go Bumpr, as the app is called, helps find breakdown services that are on offer 24/7. Other pre-booked services that can be accessed via this app include painting, tinkering, scheduled maintenance and other repairs.Among services that are provided at the customer’s doorstep are vehicle diagnostics, car spa and steam wash. The idea of developing such an app crossed the minds of Nandha Kumar Ravi and Karthik Venkateswaran after they found themselves in situations where sourcing these services proved Herculean. They also saw this as a business opportunity.

“Once, while I was returning late from work, my car got punctured. It was nighttime and I spent almost an hour searching for a tyre mechanic. I felt there should be a platform that would list standard service stations,” says Karthik Venkateswaran, a resident of Triplicane.

Similarly, Nandha Kumar, a resident of Ashok Nagar, always tends to compare the costs of various service centres before getting his bike serviced.

They felt the need for an interface that would list various automobile service stations.

Karthik and Nandha Kumar were classmates when they were pursing a post-graduate diploma in management course at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong.

In those days, they took part in various business competitions. On completion of their MBA, they took up jobs, but quit them within a year and worked together and came up with their start-up Go Bumpr.

In the meantime, they were joined by Sundar Natesan, a childhood friend of Karthik.

“Our immediate target is to reach out to the entire city and its outskirts. Once, we accomplish it, we will be taking the business to Bengaluru and Kochi,” says Sundar Natesan, also a resident of Triplicane.

Recently, the Go Bumpr team received the Bhavani Noble Award 2016, instituted by Agni Foundation and Blink Foundation, in recognition of its service rendered to vehicles which suffered damage during the floods in December.

“After the floods in December, we introduced a special helpline number 90032 51754 and extended service for around 120 cars and bikes. Also, it partnered with a couple of corporate firms to support their employees’ vehicles.”

Launched last October, the App now has over 2,000 car and bike owners and around 325 service centres (both manufacturer-authorised and multi-brand service centres) registered with it.

Those who are interested, may download the App from Google Play Store.

For details, call 90032 51754 / 97907 93708.

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