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Newcastle website lets drivers compare prices at garages across the country


A Newcastle website that lets drivers compare prices at local garages is looking to expand its business through a major funding round that will allow it to invest in artifical technology.

WhoCanFixMyCar.com is looking to carry out what it describes as a “series B” funding round, allowing it to hire more staff, move offices and develop new technology.

Co-founder Ian Griffiths revealed the firm was expecting to conduct the funding round at the end of the year.

“We are looking later this year to go out and do what people would call a series A or B investment,” said Mr Griffiths. “The idea is to expand this business in the UK. We are the market leader in the UK but we are just scratching the surface.”

The business, which employs 25 people at its office on Collingwood Street, has already created an online market place linking 10,000 garages to drivers across the UK. The business attracted 170,000 customers to its site last month.

Along with boosting its headcount, WhoCanFixMyCar.com is also planning to invest and trial artificial intelligence. The move will allow the firm predict the prices garages will charge their customers.

Mr Griffiths added: “We have so much underlying data in the business that I want to know what any mechanic will quote on the job before they quote them on the site.

“We are a long way away from having anything ready but eventually we will test the network and see if we can price jobs and compare it accurately to the mechanic’s quote. We will then ask garages if they want to opt into priced quotes.”

WhoCanFixMyCar.com was founded after Mr Griffiths and his business partner Alistair Preston noticed that there were no price comparison sites available for people who needed their car repaired. Since then the business has been working to slowly grow its network of garages.

It has also branched out into other business lines, such as offering customers the ability to pay for regular car services in monthly instalments. Currently the firm is offering this plan overseas but hopes to increase its focus in the UK.

The website has also teamed up with Allianz to offer private breakdown cover to members of the public.

Commenting on how the business would continue to expand after receiving its investment, chief financial officer Fred Parkes said: “What will come of the funding round is a bigger team, three or four more product sets, and a system that is built to make sure that people can get their car serviced in a transparent manner.”



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