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The service economy now comes right to your door.

Two new app-enabled services bring car care to you.

Two Bay Area startups are sparking a mini-revolution in the concept of home delivery. YourMechanic and Cherry let you have your car fixed or cleaned, respectively, in the comfort of your own driveway—all thanks to the growing sophistication of location-based apps.

With YourMechanic, which snagged TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF award in 2012, you enter the work you want done on the company’s website and get price quotes from its network of smartphone-powered mechanics (the site contains customer reviews). You accept a quote, and the mechanic shows up at your house. “Thank God for Steve Jobs,” says chief executive officer Art Agrawal. “When we were running this last year without the app, it was a nightmare managing mechanics and their schedules.” Cherry is more of a package deal: You have to sign up for one $29 car wash a month.

Other app-enabled house calls are bound to follow, say industry experts—beauty services, veterinary calls, maybe even those mobile dental clinics that grace Silicon Valley campuses. With everyone short on time, who wouldn’t want to get their teeth cleaned at home?

 

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of San Francisco.

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