Business Idea #10: Aggregation Marketplace for Car Services and Repairs

Business Idea #10: Aggregation Marketplace for Car Services and Repairs

This daily series focuses on business ideas for those looking to launch new ventures in Nigeria (and Africa in general). The short ideas are archived here.

The Problem

Cars break and they have to be fixed by mechanics. If your car stays in some mechanic workshops overnight, that car is largely gone. Most would use parts from your car and fix another car. It is a huge problem and many people do all to avoid being in that position where they would keep their cars with mechanics. Unfortunately, it is one of those things you cannot easily avoid especially when we drive cars with average age in excess of 15 years in Nigeria.

The Opportunity

An aggregator with “angel network” that will screen very well trusted people. Those people pick the cars, take them to mechanics, and afterwards return them to the owners. The aggregator would have to work with networks of mechanics with stated pricing model which it would communicate to car owners in its network. The goal is that someone can be at work while trusted people are helping to fix his/her car. If there is anything that is to be purchased, the people will communicate via app or SMS to the car owner for necessary approval.

Action Roadmap

Build an app that can bring a network of mechanics (on one side), car owners (on another side) and link them together in a two-sided business. Then have trusted agents. Part of this business could also include providing drivers on-demand in major cities in Nigeria. You do not need to be a mechanic to build a business making money from fixing cars. Think of this as a marketplace that delivers value to car owners even when expanding networks for mechanics.


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