When it comes to buying cars, the average Indian wouldn’t do this. But when it comes to getting the same cars fixed, unauthorised service centres are rather popular. There are over 300,000 unauthorised ‘aftermarket’ workshops in the country, as opposed to just a few thousand that are authorised.
Despite that wide chasm on the aftermarket highway, local workshops only service 30% of India’s cars, according to Mihir Mohan, the founder of Pitstop, a car workshop aggregator. Its competitor, GoMechanic, sees a big opportunity in organising parts of this industry.
A $70-million startup in India’s $10-billion aftermarket industry, GoMechanic—founded by Amit Bhasin, Kushal Karva, Nitin Rana and Rishabh Karwa—wants to turn the business into an OYO for car fix-ups.