Do you cringe when you hear your car making a rumbling sound? Does the health of your ride matter as much as your own health? Do you care for your car like its your kitty cat? Rather, your personal beast?
Then we know someone who could become your best friend in the years to come.
Presenting to you — Automen, a doorstep car service that services your car at your place, your time and your convenience. All in under 90 minutes. Yes, you read it right — 90 minutes. Wait!! It get better — They service all brands of cars with Genuine Oils and Filters following manufacturer recommended guidelines ensuring that your car has no reliability issues while still getting the service that it deserves.
“Our frustration with the current servicing system motivated us to start Automen. We were fed up with the inconvenience of going to the service station every 3-4 months, unsure of the services rendered, and of the hassle of being carless for the entire day, says Abhishek Malik, one of the two founders of this company
“There had to be a better way to do this. When we couldn’t find the answer, we created it, and that’s how Automen was born — a convenient, hassle-free way of getting your car serviced with full assurance on parts and no hidden charges.”,
Meet Abhishek Malik & Vineet Mawandia from Automen. These two young lads are passionate about cars and are revolutionizing the way cars are serviced in India.
Today we are presenting some insights of their interaction with us and their vision behind this start-up. Presently, their services are available across Delhi-NCR but they have plans to expand their service Pan-India.
1.What is the Name of Your Venture?
2.Who is your target Audience?
Every car owner needs to get his/her car serviced, so our Target Market is everyone who drives a car. Specifically, working individuals between the age group of 24-50 who value their time and take keen interest in their cars.
3.Where is your venture based ( city, state, country) & What are your target areas?
Automen India is based out of Delhi and we are currently servicing cars across Delhi-NCR
4.What problems does your venture solve? What are your products or services.
Automen India provides Preventive Maintenance Services for all brands of cars at the customer’s doorstep within 90 minutes. From Engine Oil Change, to Air Filters, Oil Filters and Fuel Filters, From Brake Pads, Spark Plugs to Fan Belts and all parts that need to be replaced from a Preventive Maintenance point of view. We do not undertake any major repair work or accidental damage.
5.Share the idea or story behind the venture. How did it come to an existence?
Fed up with the inconvenience of going to the service station every 3-4 months, not knowing whether parts are actually changed and the hassle of waiting in queues and being car-less for the entire day led to the creation of Automen – a convenient, hassle-free way of getting your car serviced with full assurance on parts and no hidden charges.
6.How did you identify your co-founder?
Vineet and I went to the same school and have been best of friends for the last 18 years
7.What expansion plans are you looking for the next 2 years, next 5 years?
We currently have 2 Service Vans and our goal is to expand our fleet to 10 service vans in the next 2 years. In the next 5 years we plan to grow our business to different cities.
8.Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, we want Automen to become the preferred service provider for Car-servicing across the major metropolitan cities.
9.Have you raised any funding? Or have any plans for the funding?
We are a bootstrapped start-up and have been self-funded so far. We would definitely look at raising some money and get a strategic partner on-board.
10.What were the problems you faced during the starting days and how did you resolve them?
Initially, Customer acceptance was a major challenge and people were unaware of what actually happens during a car-service. Many people think that since their car has gone for the entire day, they assume that work was happening to their vehicle all day long. Also, many customers were only concerned about how their cars will get washed.
To tackle this, We went for all the services, met each and every client and walked them through the service process giving them a little more confidence in our services. The fact that they call us again is testament of our commitment to quality and assurance.
11.Are you married, single or in a relationship?
Abhishek is married and Vineet is single.
12.What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
Both Abhishek and Vineet are extremely passionate about cars. When not talking about 4-wheels, Both of them are active runners and cyclists. Vineet has competed in several Half marathons across the country.
13.Whats your favorite food & holiday destination?
Abhishek loves eating Thai food and his favorite holiday destination is Spain.
Vineet likes Vietnamese Cuisine and his favorite holiday destination is Vancouver, Canada.
14.Whom do you consider your idol or biggest motivator?
The biggest motivator in my life is my father. His energy levels even at his age and his passion for his business is my biggest motivation.
15.What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
The biggest difference between an entrepreneur and employees is the drive to push ones limits. An entrepreneur is willing to get uncomfortable and that enables him/ her to raise the bar higher.
16.If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
I have just begun my career. I think I should wait for a few years before I answer this question.
17.How has being an entrepreneur affected your family & Social life?
Being an entrepreneur comes with the challenges of balancing work and personal life. Start-ups normally require long days and sleepless nights to be spent to build and grow ones business. Fortunately, we have a strong and understanding family that helps us to maintain that balance.
18.Anything, you would like to say to our readers or upcoming entrepreneurs?
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams. There is nothing that you cant achieve.
19.Tell us something about your education & family background.
Both of us come from Business Family backgrounds, and chose to pursue our own dreams rather than joining our respective family businesses. We completed our education from overseas and decided to come back to India to pursue our careers.
20.What is your USP which makes it unique & different from other start-ups in similar domains.
Automen is India’s 1st completely doorstep car servicing company. We service all brands of cars at the customer’s doorstep within 90 minutes giving the customers More Convenience, Greater Assurance and a Hassle-Free Experience from the comfort of their home.
21.Please share complete name, address, phone number, email id & website of Your Business & Contact Person
B-156, DDA Shed, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase 1
Email: [email protected]
Contact Person : Mr. Abhishek Malik