Gold Coast-based company AutoGuru has been named as the 9th Most Innovative Technology Company in Australia and New Zealand at the AFR (Australian Financial Review) BOSS Most Innovative Companies awards. The awards define innovation as ‘change that adds value’ and it is the second year running that AutoGuru, Australia’s largest booking site for automotive services and repairs, has been named in the Most Innovative top 10 list.
The 2018-2019 financial year saw AutoGuru become the first and only automotive servicing and repairs booking platform to partner with Afterpay, providing customers who book through AutoGuru with the most popular ‘buy now, pay later’ service in Australia. This opportunity opened up another flexible payment method for AutoGuru users whilst also providing businesses on the platform access to Afterpay’s 2.3 million active users. AutoGuru was able to expand this offering by providing businesses the opportunity to provide Afterpay to their direct customers, regardless of whether they booked through AutoGuru.
In early 2019, AutoGuru was also the first in the world to directly integrate with the Uber Vouchers API (Application Programming Interface), providing the opportunity for customers who book a service provider partnered with AutoGuru to redeem a courtesy Uber ride voucher. While offering customers an easy and convenient way to get where they need to go after dropping their car off at the workshop, the Uber connection also means that the need for service providers to provide loan cars or drop-off services is reduced, which translates to less strain on these often limited resources.
“We are ecstatic to be seen as one of Australia’s most innovative tech companies for the second year in a row!” said Eden Shirley, founder & CEO of AutoGuru. “This recognition is an awesome way to celebrate the way we generate ideas and create great outcomes using an innovative mindset.”