As a human, you probably use “what if” scenarios to help you prepare for the unexpected: What if the house catches fire? What if your baby starts choking? While you certainly hope these situations never happen, you may have practiced a fire escape route, know how to maneuver, and have relevant authorities on speed dial.
Yes, the season is here, are you be preparing to go on a long road trip with your children? What if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere? Planning and being proactive does not mean anything will happen—it only means that you will be well prepared to handle whatever this road trip may throw your way and not get stranded on the road.
This article offers a solution to your worries for enjoyable road trips ahead. Along the week, we were privileged to have a conversation with Mechanic on Call CEO, Agnes Mutua, 42, who seeks to link stranded drivers with the nearest available mechanics across the country through a mobile-based application.
After working in the transport industry for 18 years, the mother of 2 saw the need to address the stress that long and short distance drivers of large commercial vehicles dealing in cargo and logistics business have when their car or Lories break down in the middle of Timbuktu. The CEO launched the Mechanic on Call application in December 2019 for all drivers and according to her, the demand for its services is currently on the rise despite the pandemic period disruption.
Agnes Mutua, Mechanic on Call CEO
Could you be stuck already? Join by click on the Google play store, download Mechanic on Call, and you are good to go. You will be able to access the services of the registered mechanics within a range of 5km to 100km. You will see the distance of your preferred mechanic and the estimated arrival time at only Ksh. 200. Quite fair. If you need more assistance, you can always contact the Mechanic on Call team directly.
According to her, the town near you has a registered mechanic ready to attend to your car. Some of the towns are Isiolo, Mombasa, Mwingi, Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisii, Kericho, Salgaa, Naivasha, Machakos, Mtito Andei, Kajiado, Isinya, Bisil, Namanga, Matuu, and Ntulel, among others.
Should you have doubts about the mechanics of this platform? Not at all, here is why. Once a mechanic makes an application to join, a team is dispatched from the head office for scrutiny to make sure he/she meets the required professional standards and requirements. The team will perform a security test to ensure the mechanic will not pose a threat to the clients/drivers before being registered.
With so many mechanics showing a willingness to join the platform, Agnes is working on expanding the reach to other countries across East Africa and integrating cashless modes of payment with the platform. However, she reckons that the year has been a hard nut to crack for startups with many having to close down. For her, she is patient, determined, focused, and always prepared for the unknown as she ventures into this male-dominated industry.
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