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Chance encounters have defined the start of FixMyCar. Founder Prashant Salla hired a mechanic from Craigslist for an emergency repair back in 2018, which sparked the idea for an auto repair service that comes to you.
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A FixMyCar technician working under the hood on a service call. // Courtesy of FixMyCar
A FixMyCar technician working under the hood on a service call. // Courtesy of FixMyCar

Chance encounters have defined the start of FixMyCar. Founder Prashant Salla hired a mechanic from Craigslist for an emergency repair back in 2018, which sparked the idea for an auto repair service that comes to you.

After developing the online business and corresponding mobile app that takes auto repair out of the mechanic shop and puts it into the customer’s driveway, Salla needed funding. As the result of striking up a conversation with a stranger at Bab’s Underground in Ann Arbor, an investment was secured.

“I literally just met this guy at the bar, ordering beer,” Salla says.

It wasn’t long before FixMyCar launched as a driveway vehicle repair service that benefits consumers both by virtue of convenience — no more scheduling rides to and from repair shops or waiting an hour for an oil change — and by offering prices up to 30 percent lower than dealerships.

The service is currently operating in Detroit, Dallas, and Houston, with nationwide service to be made available in the future. In addition, Salla says an annual membership program is being launched.

Aside from routine maintenance, FixMyCar mechanics offer an array of services, including battery replacement and power window repairs. “This changes the way people think about car repair and empowers them to take control of their vehicle’s health,” Salla says. “The auto repair space is ripe for disruption.”

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