RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mobile car-services provider Get Spiffy Inc. has partnered with several vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to gain access to their connected-car features.
Get Spiffy, which launched in 2014, offers on-demand car washes, detailing and oil changes through its mobile app, website or over the phone to consumers and fleets. To schedule a wash or detail, customers select a date and time for the service. Spiffy currently operates in Raleigh-Durham, and Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; Los Angeles; and Dallas.
Typically, these customers must hand over their vehicle keys to Spiffy technicians so that they can complete the service. But through a new connected-car initiative with several OEMs, Spiffy technicians will be able to enter these vehicle makes without requiring the customer to hand off any keys, simplifying the transaction. The initiative provides Spiffy with limited access to 13 vehicle makes: Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Jeep, Lexus, Ram, Tesla and Volkswagen.
How it works: On the day of service, the customer with a connected car locks his keys in the car with his connected-car app. Spiffy's technician arrives and through a custom app is able to locate the vehicle and unlock it. The technician performs the service and locks the vehicle through this app.
"We're excited to work with these automotive OEMs and more in the future to reduce friction for our joint customers and utilize the top-notch functionality provided by connected cars," said Scot Wingo, CEO of Get Spiffy, Raleigh, N.C.
“The connected-car initiative takes out the key-exchange process,” he said, “and that's an important step toward our goal of zero-friction car care services."