Online marketplace for car repairs gets huge funding boost

A new online marketplace to help car owners find garages for repair works has just raised £4.6 million in funding.

Autobutler allows users to fill in the details of their vehicle, the work that needs to be done and their location before sending it out to tender. The driver then receives offers from different local garages to complete the work and they can read customer reviews before deciding which one to opt for, The Telegraph explained.

Delivering services online is, needless to say, the way that most customer-facing companies are going. For the car garages themselves, they can shop around online for a motor trade insurance quote, using sites such as Bollington to assess what the market has to offer. However, is it highly recommended that a business speaks directly to the expert brokers to ensure it gets the very best policy that meets its specific needs.

More than 140,000 motorists have now used Autobutler to source a garage to repair or service their vehicle and the website now hosts over 3,300 local and independent workshops for users to choose between. The thinking behind the business was that people often struggle to find a suitable and reputable garage to take their car to because of a lack of consistency and transparency.

Autobutler recently underwent a funding round led by Index Ventures in which it raised €5.8 million (£4.6m) from its existing investors including Dawn Capital and Nordic venture capital firm Creandum. The company says it plans to use the money to expand across Europe, with a particular focus on the German and English markets.