Toronto, Ontario — Just six months after its creation, Canadian start-up CrashBay.com, an online portal described as North America’s first online open marketplace for collision repair, is looking to expand into the United States.
Last week, the founder, John Harvey, told Collision Repair, ”CrashBay is poised to grow to 300 Canadian locations in under 24 months, and plans to launch in the USA in 2020.”
Harvey first pitched the idea of CrashBay to members of the collision industry at the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) in May, with its search engine going live in August.
”Insurers complain that there is a capacity shortage and little they can do to confirm that industry certifications and training exist within independent and non-partner shops. There was a gap in the market for qualified collision capacity with third-party confirmations–and that was what I set out to provide.”
Offering independent and franchised collision repair facilities access to insurance and other programs, Crashbay.com now has 85 member shops, each of which has undergone a thorough approval process.
“Part of CrashBay’s mission is to be brand-agnostic–we are ultimately a conduit,” says Harvey.
CrashBay is working with an independent auditor to provide coaching, development and audit services to subscriber shops.
All approved members must prove either membership in one of the major industry certifying programs, or prove they have the equipment, tools and training needed to conduct repairs on today’s vehicles.