asTech Acquires Mobile Tech RX

June 15, 2021
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New York, NY – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Mobile Tech RX (“Mobile Tech RX” or the “Company”). Mobile Tech RX is the industry leading automotive and collision reconditioning application with over 4,000 companies and approximately 6,000 active users that enables technicians to estimate, invoice, manage teams and collision workflow, process repair orders and capture data on-the-go through their mobile devices. Mobile Tech RX also provides instant damage pricing estimates using machine learning enabled AI and computer vision with dispatch functionality to their technicians across the country in their own marketplace. The Company represents the twelfth add-on acquisition for asTech and Kinderhook’s 112th automotive- related transaction. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Today, there are over 4,000 companies leveraging the application for glass repair, detailing, paintless dent repair (“PDR”), wheel and rim repair, paint touch up, window tint, interior repair, PPF and vinyl repairs. This technology enables these businesses to have all the necessary tools to compete from marketing, workflow, finance, payment to real-time analytics dashboards. Everything an independent automotive and collision business needs to manage, grow and enhance their position in the industry.

“Mobile Tech RX is a strategic acquisition that allows asTech to expand both its product offering and customer base. The Company provides asTech with access to an established network of repair technicians across 4,000 businesses and 6,000 technicians, instantly increasing asTech’s scale and capabilities,” said Paul Cifelli, Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries.

“Repairify is thrilled to welcome Eric Garves from Mobile Tech RX, who will be joining the Repairify team as the CEO of Mobile Tech RX. The Company has demonstrated an ability to match demand while providing end customers access to a flexed labor with over 1.7 million vehicles repaired through its solution in the past year. We look forward to continued success as we further augment the application to include solutions across asTech’s platform of service offerings,” said Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify.

“The merger between Mobile Tech RX and Repairify will result in an application that better serves all end customers and technicians who currently utilize the solution,” said Eric Garves, CEO and Co- Founder of Mobile Tech RX. “Technicians will be capable of diversifying and expanding their revenue streams while end customers will benefit from access to a broader set of vehicle repairs.”

Monroe Moxness Berg PA and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to asTech. Financing for the transaction was provided by Ares Capital Corporation and Capital One, National Association.

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.3 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 275 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. We have a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders.

For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com

About asTech

asTech is the leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry. asTech provides cutting-edge, expert diagnostics using OEM tools to provide safe and accurate repairs. asTech provides remote diagnostics using its patented device and also provides access to ASE-Certified Master Technicians, who are trained to be virtual diagnosticians. asTech Master Technicians can service many trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. asTech also offers mobile repair, key replacement, calibration services, and BlueDriver®, the #1 vehicle scan tool solution on Amazon. asTech is based in Plano, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

About Mobile Tech RX

Mobile Tech RX offers the #1 automotive reconditioning application, a software as a service (“SAAS”) technology platform that makes it easy for mobile and shop-based technicians to estimate, invoice, manage collision workflow, and capture data on-the-go from a tablet or phone. Since inception, Mobile Tech RX has worked to simplify the work order management process and make it easier to connect reconditioning technicians to end customers and their vehicles. Mobile Tech RX was founded in 2014 and is based in Austin, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.mobiletechrx.com

asTech Acquires Red EU & Red Autocentres

March 23, 2021
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New York, NY – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Red (EU) Limited and Red Autocentres. Red (EU) Limited is a leading distributor of aftermarket electronic devices designed to run diagnostic tests and calibration services on automotive electrical systems, specifically advanced driver-assistance systems (“ADAS”).  Red Autocentres is a leading provider of automotive diagnostics, calibration and programming services for the collision and mechanical markets. The combined Companies will operate as Red EU (“Red” or the “Company”) and represent the eleventh add-on acquisition for asTech and Kinderhook’s 105th automotive-related transaction.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

 

Red provides a complete suite of solutions for the service, maintenance, and repair (“SMR”), collision, and automotive insurance industries through diagnostic scan tools and automotive electrical system services. Services include local, car-side, and remote diagnostics along with sensor calibration, programming, and vehicle health support.

 

“Red is an exciting acquisition that enables asTech to further broaden its suite of global tools and solutions for customers. With demand for ADAS repair and calibration services rising, asTech looks forward to continuing to be the solution provider of choice for customers seeking to properly repair today’s sophisticated car parc,” said Paul Cifelli, Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries.

 

“Repairify is thrilled to welcome Martin Brown from Red, who will be joining the Repairify team as Technical Director, Repairify Innovations. Expanding into new markets and augmenting service offerings to better serve all customers is key to asTech’s global growth strategy. We look forward to integrating Red, a leading market expert in the United Kingdom (UK), which will enable us to further execute on that strategy across the UK, Europe, and internationally,” said Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify.

 

“The merger between Red and Repairify will provide tremendous value and benefits to all our of our Red global customers”, said Martin Brown, CEO of Red EU.  “Red customers will benefit from having access to a complete portfolio of world class tools, products, and services rapidly being integrated under the Repairify global solutions platform.”

 

Mishcon de Reya LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to asTech. 

 

 

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.3 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 260 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. We have a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders.

For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com

About asTech

asTech is the leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry. asTech provides cutting-edge, expert diagnostics using OEM tools to provide safe and accurate repairs. asTech provides remote diagnostics using its patented device and also provides access to ASE-Certified Master Technicians, who are trained to be virtual diagnosticians. asTech Master Technicians can service many trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. asTech also offers mobile repair, key replacement, calibration services, and BlueDriver®, the #1 vehicle scan tool solution on Amazon. asTech is based in Plano, Texas.

 

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

About Red

Red is a leading provider of aftermarket electronic devices designed to run diagnostic tests and calibration services on automotive electric systems. Red also provides ADAS services including local, car-side, and remote diagnostic along with sensor calibration, programming, and vehicle health support. A market expert for technical services, solutions, and hard-to-fix vehicles, Red is based in Dunstable, United Kingdom.

 

For more information, please visit: www.red.holdings

asTech receives strategic investment from 3M

February 23, 2021
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Plano, TX – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), known for its patented asTech® device and remote scanning, programing, and calibration services to the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced a strategic investment from 3M.  The strategic investment from 3M will help Repairify further expand and accelerate its proprietary tools, technology and service offerings across the Americas and Europe.    Terms and conditions of the investment were kept confidential and future collaboration will be announced in a separate press release later.

 

"The 3M strategic investment in Repairify enables us to accelerate our solutions and offerings across the entire automotive ecosystem,” stated Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify, Inc. regarding the investment.

 

“We seek to make strategic investments that will advance our innovation and growth,” said Ben Wright, Director, 3M Ventures. “We are moving rapidly to an even more digital-first world, and we see those shifts in the automotive aftermarket. This investment signifies our continued commitment to advance the digitization of 3M as well as of the customers we serve. “

 

 

About asTech, a Repairify, Inc. Company

 

Repairify, Inc. is the global leader for advanced Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and automotive aftermarket vehicle diagnostics, calibrations, remote services, and intelligence.  Repairify portfolio solutions are powered by patented tools and technology and delivered through certified industry professionals providing the safest and most accurate repairs.  asTech Master Technicians can service trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed.  Repairify currently provides global service solutions to the automotive industry in over 20 countries across the Americas and Europe through its portfolio of industry leading brands: asTech®, Bluedriver®, FleetGenix® and Repairify Solutions®.

 

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

Repairify Media Contact: inquires@repairify.com

Introducing the Service Feature!

January 31, 2020
The Service Feature

BlueDriver 7.2 is here, and with it comes some great new capabilities! The new Service feature will help you reset an oil light or TPMS light, or register a battery. In order to reset an oil or TPMS light, one typically has to perform a special sequence of tasks (like pressing pedals or buttons). The Service feature will give you vehicle specific instructions to help guide you though the process. Additionally, a small number of manufacturers require that a battery be registered upon installation. BlueDriver will now allow BMW and Mini drivers to complete the registration process themselves.

As always, this update is available for free via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you have any questions or concerns about version 7.2 (or anything else), don’t hesitate to contact us!

We’re always here to help!

The BlueDriver Team

The Biggest BlueDriver Update Ever!

November 2, 2019
BlueDriver's Biggest Update Ever

The BlueDriver team is thrilled to announce the release for BlueDriver 7, our biggest update ever!

We’ve added enhanced diagnostics for Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, and Subaru! With these additions, you can now read enhanced diagnostics on all major brands in North America, solidifying BlueDriver as the most capable scan tool on the market!

However, we didn’t stop there! Version 7 also contains enhanced diagnostic updates for most of the brands we previously covered, again making BlueDriver more powerful.

Finally, we topped it all off with a complete overhaul of the BlueDriver user interface. Our app is now easier to use and nicer to look at than ever before. All BlueDriver owners can download the free update at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this update (or anything else), please contact us. We’re here to help, 24/7!

Cheers,

The BlueDriver Team

ChrisFix and BlueDriver are Cruisin' in the Park

August 7, 2019
ChrisFix standing with his arms crosses wearing his signature white helmet

YouTube's #1 automotive personality, ChrisFix, and Amazon's #1 scan tool, BlueDriver, are teaming up to hit the Cruisin' 2019 car show at Bowring Park on Saturday, August 10 from 1-3pm.

Come get your picture taken with ChrisFix and share it on social media for a chance to win an iPad.  And while you're at it, get some pictures of BlueDriver's own Lamborghini and AMG.

See you there!

The BlueDriver Team

BlueDriver Announces Mazda Enhanced Diagnostics Capability

May 1, 2019
Mazda enhanced diagnostics are now supported for all Mazda Models 1996 to present

We are excited to release app version 6.12 to BlueDriver Nation. This update enables enhanced diagnostics for all Mazda models 1996 to present. The update is now available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for all BlueDriver owners. 

You can now do more on your Mazda with a BlueDriver Enhanced Diagnostic test. Not only will BlueDriver analyze any Check Engine information, the Enhanced Diagnostic test will also read information from modules like ABS, airbag, and climate control. Then use BlueDriver’s free Repair Reports to grab possible fixes from a database of millions of verified fixes (all performed by ASE certified mechanics). This one two punch gives you the most comprehensive Mazda analysis available.  

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about this update (or anything else) please contact us. We’re always here to help!  

Zoom zoom,  

The BlueDriver Team 

BlueDriver Nation invades ETI’s Tool Tech in Charlotte

April 30, 2019
Brian Plott, Jim Fish and Alex Walsh are standing in front of the BlueDriver booth at ETI

Our own Jim Fish and Alex Walsh attended this year’s ETI Tool Tech event – the annual gathering of leading diagnostics providers – which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina this year. The event, which was kicked off at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, included attendees from GM, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, as well as Snap-on, Launch-Tech, Continental, and Bosch. Jim and Alex were left inspired by a roster of speakers that included Jeff DeGraff, from the University of Michigan and Tim Woods, of the Autonomous Vehicle Alliance. 

Key topics discussed included: 

  • the future of vehicle repair; 

  • the increasing need and care taken in the areas of cybersecurity and consumer privacy; 

  • and, the increasing sophistication of vehicle architectures.   

Did you know that today’s vehicles have over 100 Million lines of code and dozens of individual electronic modules? The technology to diagnose vehicles continues to outpace the technical change, and cloud based resources enable even the most difficult diagnostic solutions to be handled without fear. Considering that, the most valued portion of the agenda for Jim and Alex was speaking to event attendees about those technological advancements. By listening to the challenges and concerns of industry leaders, the BlueDriver team is well equipped to work with the industry to ensure we continue to give you everything you need to repair your own vehicles. 

BlueDriver’s Jim Fish Accepts Special Director’s Award at ETI Tool Tech

April 30, 2019
Jim Fish from BlueDriver accepts the Director's Award for exemplary service to ETI

BlueDriver and Jim Fish have been active members of ETI (Equipment and Tool Institute) for many years, but that dedication has ramped up in recent years, culminating with Jim taking the helm as ETI President and Chairman of the Board last year. ETI helps enable the success of its members by championing collective interests. Currently those interests include increasing vehicle complexity, rapid change in the automotive industry, and heightened concern over the safety and security of vehicle repair. ETI also provides a unique and collaborative environment for diagnostics solution providers to work directly with vehicle manufacturers.  

At this year’s ETI Tool Tech convention, Jim accepted a special Director’s Award in recognition of exemplary service to ETI. That service has included the recruitment and placement of ETI’s new Executive Director, Brian Plott, and a restructure of the mission and vision of ETI.  “As fast as the technology is moving in the automotive space, it was time for some pretty deep change. ETI allows it’s members to stay ahead of that curve and the moves made to the institute this year position ETI members to deliver leading edge capability for their customers for years to come.” said Jim Fish. 

Our ETI membership allows us to work directly with vehicle OEM’s, which is critical in delivering the best enhanced diagnostic capability in the industry. Jim and the BlueDriver team will continue to cultivate and nurture relationships within the automotive industry, so that we can continue delivering the best product imaginable. 

BlueDriver Team Honored at Director’s Awards

March 23, 2019
Jill Hancock receives the Director's Award for Outstanding Work Term Performance

The Faculty of Engineering’s Co-operative Education Office at Memorial University recently held its inaugural Director’s Awards. The award ceremony celebrated exceptional achievements by senior engineering students, and the employers who work with the co-op program. 

The BlueDriver team took home two awards on the day. Jill, one of our hard working and talented co-op students, was the recipient of the Outstanding Work Term Performance Award. Additionally, Greg (our VP of Engineering) accepted the Employer Recognition Award on behalf of the BlueDriver team. The award was given to the team for providing exceptional mentoring and promoting an environment for student success. 

We congratulate Jill on her accomplishment, and thank the Engineering Co-op Education Office for the honor. The awards reflect our team’s commitment to continued education, and to helping students grow into incredible graduates. We strive to learn every day, so that we can take that knowledge and pour it back into our products. At the end of the day, it’s all for our customers.