Wrench CEO Ed Peterson. (Wrench Photo)
In just four years, mobile car service Wrench has grown from a startup with 30 employees in Seattle to a multi-service operation in dozens of cities. Now it is forging a partnership with tire and maintenance giant Bridgestone, which just led a new investment round in the company. Wrench declined to say exactly how much it raised.
The new partnership will pair Wrench’s mobile services platform with the more than 2,200 automotive service stores of Bridgestone Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone.
Wrench employs “mobile mechanics” in 40 metro areas around the country that come to the customer to do repair jobs without a physical shop or dealership, through booking on an app. In addition, Wrench provides access to roadside towing, vehicle detailing, tire installation and inspection of used cars prior to purchase.
There are about 285 employees at Wrench, about half of them mechanics, and more than 5,000 inspectors on its platform.
In the last few years, Wrench has acquired several businesses that built up its offerings or pulled in rivals.
Last year Wrench acquired automotive inspection company Lemon Squad, boosting its car inspection arm, and forged a forged a partnership with Tirescanner, an online tire …read more
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