YourMechanic brings car repairs to you Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Nov 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm
This week I swapped cars with my husband and my car broke down. He managed to drive it, somewhat erratically, to a local service garage. The battery was dead on arrival. Had I been more diligent about observing my car's warning lights, I could have invited a mechanic to my home to replace the alternator using YourMechanic's new service.
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Posted by Alison Chaiken, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Nov 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm
Greetings Art and Dongyi and Angela. I am the organizer of the free and non-commercial Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source meetup.com group, which has nearly 500 members, and which meets monthly to hear talks by the likes of Stanford, Ford, GM, Tata Consultancy Services, Mentor Embedded, Tesla and the like. My purpose in starting the group was to foster local innovation in the automotive space and promote engineering best practices in automotive software. I would love to schedule a presentation by YourMechanic that describes the business model and implementation. The group would be a great way for you guys to inform local car OEM's and their contractors about your work. We are currently booking the March slot. You can see our calendar or signup for mailing list or send me a message here:
Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger, on Nov 12, 2012 at 11:52 am Angela Hey is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Alison - thank you for writing about the Automotive Open Source Meetup group - the revolution in car technology is akin to when computer manufacturers moved from using proprietary components to using off-the-shelf parts. I hope to check out the Meetup.
@Mechanic - yes I should have heeded the warning lights! My preventative maintenance did involve looking under the hood and wrapping some insulating tape round wires. I actually had the car serviced and checked out in April and the garage said "unable to duplicate problem at this time". With an older car - sometimes one just hopes it will keep going!
Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger, on Nov 12, 2012 at 11:58 am Angela Hey is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
In case anyone is wondering whether Your Mechanic is registered with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (known as BAR - Web Link) - an issue brought to my attention by a prominent Mountain View auto repair and service facility owner - it is registered under the name RepairJoy Inc.and has been licensed by the state for 15 months. (See link Web Link )
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Automotive work is regarded as undesireable by the City of Mountain View, being mainly banished to the auto repair ghetto on Old Middlefield. What exactly is the city position on mobile auto repair, which will inevitably be occuring on city streets? How will it be regulated for environmental compliance? Or is it just repair SHOPS that need supervision?
Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger, on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm Angela Hey is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
@Steve - I can't answer for the town, but YourMechanic.com told me when I interviewed them that they do work in driveways and that they comply with environmental regulations for oil disposal, etc. by using tarps and putting fluids in approved containers.
For those who want a link to YourMechanic.com - it's Web Link
Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm
" Automotive work is regarded as undesireable by the City of Mountain View, being mainly banished to the auto repair ghetto on Old Middlefield. What exactly is the city position on mobile auto repair, which will inevitably be occuring on city streets? How will it be regulated for environmental compliance? Or is it just repair SHOPS that need supervision? "
I take offense to the words " AUTO REPAIR GHETTO on Old Middlefield.
It's odd that the MV VOICE would censor me at the drop of a hat and not others for the same type of words.
You might want to know that one of the shops on Old Middlefield actually has several race cars that compete all over the country. Their prices are reasonable and they have quite a few lifts available for work under cars. They ALSO have to comply with MANY OTHER government regulations as well. They stay in business because they are good in what they do and guarantee their work. They have done so for many years.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm
'Ghetto' isn't a dirty word, merely a part of town for those 'socially out of favor'. And I'm not the one implying auto repair is undesirable, that is Mountain View City policy, essentially banishing it to Old Middlefield and parts of El Camino. I AM intimately acquainted with the businesses there, as well as the staggering amount of regulation involved, which was the direction of my original comment. Saying your business will meet all environmental requirements is quite different than suffering through the permit and inspection process that a real business must endure.
And I, too find my comments deleted frequently. It used to irritate me, but lately I take it as a victory.