DingGo, the Sydney-based start up connecting smash repairers to potential clients online, has begun expanding into Melbourne ahead of a public launch of the platform for Victorian users in September.
As part of the expansion, DingGo founder, Shaun Janks, and repairer manager, Gaby Rosenberg, have been meeting and interviewing Melbourne-based smash repairers to build the platform's local partner network before launching.
Janks said almost 40 Victorian autobody repairers had already signed up.
"We're already at 36 repairers committed to the platform, from Dandenong in the south to Campbellfield in the north, but we're always looking for more," Janks said.
"Our network of repairers are the heart and soul of DingGo. Whenever we expand into a new region or sign up new partners, we take the time to really get to know them by visiting the workshop, interviewing the owners, and making sure we partner with the best of the best."
Janks said DingGo's goal was help build trust in the autobody repair industry, while giving repairers a digital presence.
"Our repairers are all artisans. They're masters of their craft, and great at what they do, but they're not digital experts - DingGo gives them the perfect way to find new clients online."
DingGo users simply upload a few photos of the damage, and then DingGo's local repairers bid on the work before the user picks the best quote. DingGo connects repairers to potential clients online, and makes it as easy as possible for them to win more work when they need it.