BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that allows consumers to request custom auto repair estimates by uploading a photo, today announced that it has secured $1M in Series A funding led by OCA Ventures. New World Ventures and Lightbank also took part in the round Jim Dugan, managing partner of OCA Ventures, and Jeff Maters, vice president of New World Ventures, will join the Board of Directors of BodyShopBids.
With the announcement, BodyShopBids is ready to roll out its website and mobile app to meet the needs of car owners in major cities around the United States.
Accessible free of charge via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids connects consumers who need auto body repairs to body shops through a unique bidding system. Consumers upload a photo of their damaged vehicles and receive custom quotes from nearby car shops within 24 hours. The personal BodyShopBids concierge also educates consumers about the repair process. From there, consumers can choose an estimate and book an appointment with the body shop.
“We recognized an opportunity in Chicago, and this is an opportunity that exists in cities around the U. Oh, S “Brad Weisberg, founder and CEO of BodyShopBids, said. “The feedback from both consumers and body shop owners has been incredible, and we’re excited to build on our initial success. “That’s right.
“BodyShopBids is disrupting an industry that is primed for change,” said Jim Dugan. “BodyShopBids has a strong position as a leader in the industry, enabling the company to access and thrive in new markets. “That’s right.
BodyShopBids launched in June 2011 and announced $250,000 in seed funding from investment firm Lightbank in September 2011. To date, the company has partnered with 275 Chicago Bodyshops and processed more than $2. 5MM in damage estimates, with plans to expand to Los Angeles and other major cities by early 2012.
BodyShopBids is a Chicago-based startup that provides a web and mobile platform to connect consumers who need auto repairs to body shops through a unique bidding system. The company’s technology allows users to easily upload photos of damaged vehicles and receive custom quotes from local body shops, all free of charge. Visit