A new cloud app targeting car workshops could see an end to the grease-stained mechanic’s invoice. SpannerPlanner.com, launched by New Zealand company App2SaaS in late March, has notched up sales in Australia and New Zealand with interest also from the UK, said sales and marketing manager Benjamin Goudie-Park.
“We were looking for an industry that had been neglected (by software makers) and we came up with the motor vehicle industry,” said Goudie-Park, a former co-founder of Xero add-on program GeoOP. “That goes through into bicycles and marine as well. There’s plenty of mechanics out there.”
A workshop’s priority was getting an invoice to the customer when they arrive, Goudie-Park said. The chances of recouping money diminished quickly every day after a job had been completed.
Another challenge was managing purchase orders. Rival PC programs forced mechanics to move to a different process to order parts when setting up a new customer, Goudie-Park said. SpannerPlanner had combined the processes so orders could be created on the fly.
SpannerPlanner was up to half the price of incumbent PC software makers and charged per user, Goudie-Park said. App2SaaS was looking for bookkeepers and accountants in Australia and New Zealand with expertise in servicing mechanics to sell its software.
“There are hundreds of mechanical workshops on the Gold Coast – for tyre repairs, bike shops, roadworthiness certificates,” said Xero bookkeeper Gillian Rossouw of Jill of All Trades, who previously ran an IT department for a car dealership. “These are guys with dirty, greasy pieces of paper on their desk.”