BLINK MY CAR
Blink My Car is an on-demand car care platform that connects car owners with car care shops who have a mobile unit, including washes, detailers, mechanics and insurances. The founders, Rami Hallal and Ralph Choueiri, conceived the idea while in line at the gas station to wash their cars. Today, Blink My Car is the only car-care platform in Lebanon that allows users to get a car washed or maintained while it’s parked idly at other locations. It’s also an environmental initiative. Blink My Car’s partner specialists use waterless products and as little as one glass of water per car wash.
To use the services, users can download the app, pick a service, share their location, and select a time. Specialists will then locate the care and take care of the rest. The user gets notified and pays once the service is completed. In addition, in February 2017, during Arabnet Beirut, Blink My Car launched Blink the Bot, giving potential costumers easier access to car services through Facebook Messenger, without downloading the app.
The Start-up has raised $350k so far from Al Amir Lebanese Holding, a family business in Lebanon. The app, which currently only operates within the Greater Beirut area has already reached 5,000 users and is growing. To extend their reach of users, Blink My Car is also running a referral program, where users can share Blink My Car directly from the app to people who don’t have the app yet, giving both people involved free services up to $12. Blink My Car is now working to close the second round of funding in order to expand into the GCC, with 2 currently shortlisted cities. Blink My Car’s regional competitors are Ghaseel (Kuwait), Morni (KSA) and Greensteam (Dubai). Blink My Car competed at Arabnet Beirut 2016’s startup competition, and was selected as a finalist to attend the Startup Championship at the Arabnet Summit 2017 in Dubai.
Country: Lebanon Launched: 2015 Category: Car Care Platform