Mobile mechanic business Voncrank has launched an app allowing its roster of freelance mechanics to secure and manage local jobs.
Working “like Uber”, Cariern Clement-Pascall’s app-based business has already racked up 48 mechanics in the UK capital, all of which are using bicycles and cargo bikes to move between jobs. Further expansion may soon see Voncrank mechanics appear in cities like Cambridge and Canterbury, among other high cycling modal share areas, we were told.
Having recently begun to promote to consumers, Clement-Pascall says the app takes Voncrank to a new level, allowing the customer to photograph or video the issue, enabling the mechanic to plan their inventory ahead of their cycle to the home or workplace.
He told CI.N: “Voncrank’s on-demand smartphone app will make life simple for cyclists by connecting them to a network of quality vetted bike mechanics. Like Uber and Deliveroo, it’s another app that will make life easier for people across the UK.”
Crucially, for those considering mobile mechanics, Clement-Pascall suggests that not only does the app provide a modernised link to trade, but that his model will offer partners a low start up cost model that can provide a decent return.
He says: “We do require our mechanics to be vetted and insured, though beyond that you are your own boss and can choose your working hours. 80% of everything made on each job goes to the mechanic.
“Mechanics are not given a territory as we are not in competition with each other, we are a community that works together. Our mechanics are offered bigger jobs based on qualifications and experience encouraging mechanic progression and quality workmanship. We acknowledge and reward full qualified mechanics while not discriminating none qualified experienced mechanic.”
Thus far the firm has satisfied service contracts for Wheels for Wellbeing, King’s College London, the Tri Project events company and many more corporate jobs. Voncrank has also now signed as a sponsor of the London Triathlon League.
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