Neighbours with your workshop

BY Marcus Lim

Ever wished your workshop was just next door to your home? You can make this a reality with AutoApp, a convenient car care app.

Some of us have a love-hate relationship with car workshops, me included.

On one hand, it’s fun to pop in for an oil change and have a poke around at other interesting cars there that day. Some of these little ad-hoc adventures of mine have uncovered unicorns like this Koenig Specials Ferrari 308, amongst others.

On the other hand, though, workshops are a terrible place to pass time at. Hang around the workshop too long, and I’ll feel bad getting in the way of my mechanic. Maybe sit down and chill with a kopi? The lone industrial canteen in the vicinity is hot and stuffy, and can’t make a decent kopi peng even if their lives depended on it.

So, how like that?

Short of having your workshop moving to a location that’s less industrial, there’s not much you can do… or can you? Well, meet AutoApp, the ultimate car care app that takes the hassle out of car care.

AutoApp is a tech-enabled car concierge app – think Deliveroo, but for your car – that brings door-to-door convenience for car maintenance tasks. With an app that’s available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, users can book a service in just ten minutes.

Once that’s done, a friendly Service Ambassador from AutoApp will arrive to take your car to the mechanic’s. You can then wait comfortably in your home or office, sipping coffee from your Nespresso machine.

Ehh, only servicing?

Everything that needs doing on your car can be handled by AutoApp, not just oil changes. With a long list of partners, they’re able to do most jobs, whether it’s grooming or windscreen crack repairs.

Want a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE004s? AutoApp is Singapore’s first “concierge tyre e-tailer” – a fancy new way to purchase your tyres online and get them installed.

For a limited time, AutoApp is bundling a suite of free services with the purchase of a set of 4 new tyres. Included in the package is installation, balancing, and alignment, as well as collection & delivery if you’re new to AutoApp.

Hmm, I love visiting my workshop though…

We get it – for enthusiasts, visiting workshops is just something… natural. We enjoy and revel in the chaotic ambience, soaking up the smells of petrol and solvents. That doesn’t mean AutoApp isn’t for you, though.

Image credit: The Straits Times

Image credit: The Straits Times

If there’s one thing that everyone can come to a consensus upon, it’s how we hate vehicle inspections; and amazingly, vehicle inspections are something AutoApp can assist with too!

If anything, it’s the most exciting service they offer. Personally, I’m stuck with doing inspections every year, rather than every other year, as my Swift has already had its COE renewed. This means over an hour of waiting at VICOM each year, with my brain and engine both idling.

Sounds cool, sign me up!

Whether you’re booking a service with their partners, or simply using their service to drop your car off at your regular workshop, everything is done through the nifty app. They’re also reachable via WhatsApp at 91-028-028 if it’s something urgent.

Now, time for a short snooze while AutoApp’s service ambassador sits in the inspection centre queue on my behalf…