Local entrepreneur James Chapman has started a new business that aims to take some of the burden out of car maintenance.
With his new business, Change-N-Go, Chapman and his business partner, Jeremy Sharp, will come to the consumer and provide an oil change using their mobile van.
"They go online and book the appointment, or you can call us," Chapman said. "We call you when we're en route and let you know we're close. You meet us by your car with the keys. We take your keys; we take the payment; you go back inside."
The process takes about 20 or 25 minutes and can be done in most parking lots, Chapman said.
The team extracts the oil from the car with a pump, changes the oil filter and provides a sticker to let the customer know when it's time for the next oil change.
Sharp has a degree in diesel mechanics and has been changing oil for at least six years.
Chapman said his technicians are professionals and provide the same level of care and expertise as people at other oil change locations.
And he said they don't make a mess in the parking lot.
"We're not going to break your car," he said, noting that he has insurance just in case of emergency.
The business is offering online scheduling, and the team sends customers email reminders about oil changes.
Chapman is also working to create an app so that customers can quickly and easily sign up for the service, he said.
The cost is comparable to other services, Chapman said. A standard oil change costs $39.99, and if the car needs synthetic oil, the service costs $69.99.
The team has a deal with a local auto supply store, so they have all the needed supplies. They use a system to plug in information about a car to determine what kind of oil and filter each customer needs, he said.
Stratton Tingle, who works with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, used the service Friday.
"I think it's a great idea," he said. "It's super-convenient."
Chapman got a small business loan through BrightBridge, and his startup costs were about $30,000, he said.
Chapman eventually has plans of franchising his idea, he said.
"I think once more people start to get it done and people realize how convenient it is and how much time it really saves them—that's when more people will buy it," he said.
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