It’s going to be interesting to see how Autobutler grows after picking up $5 million from Creandum to fuel international expansion. The Copenhagen-based company allows car owners to receive competing offers from mechanics rather than getting in a heated discussion with your mechanic that the guy down the street will fix your transmission for €300 less. You could argue that this takes the sport out of getting your car fixed, but by making mechanics compete on prices, consumers should win.
￼“Our goal is the same today as when we started: To be the best tool for car owners ￼to easily find high quality mechanic for the lowest price. Part of this vision is to build ￼the best software for car mechanics to service their customers” says Christian Legêne, co-Founder and Partner at Autobutler￼.
Currently the company has over 1200 mechanics signed up in Denmark and Sweden, and has processed over 90,000 car repair jobs since August of 2010. With the funding they plan to hit 12 European countries, but it appears Autobutler is starting its international rollout in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, and Norway, as the Autobutler site has been localized into those languages.
Previously the company has previously received investments from JF Ventures and Jesper Buch of Just-Eat and Miinto.
My only hope is that they continue to place a high weight on the quality of work done, rather than focusing completely on price. Flight aggregators have consumers booking travel based on saving a few dollars and not necessarily which airline provides the best quality of service, leading to cost cutting to the bottom line.