Malaysia-based integrated car e-commerce platform Carsome has ventured into the after-sales car service market with the launch of Carsome Service Center.

The company said in a statement on Tuesday that it has commenced operations of two Carsome Service Centers at strategic locations in Petaling Jaya and Ampang respectively.

Car owners can book an appointment for an initial inspection through Carsome’s website.

Besides catering to its pre-owned car buyers, Carsome Service Centre can also serve anyone looking for worry-free car maintenance, and those looking for a trusted car maintenance partner upon expiry of their principal warranty period.

According to Carsome data, 80 percent of Carsome cars go past their authorized warranty period of five years, which implies a higher likelihood for car owners needing to service their cars in conventional workshops compared to authorized service centers.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation YB Chang Lih Kang welcomed the Carsome Service Center as a solution that delivers trust, choice, transparency, and affordability to consumers.

“What was once a traditional practice in servicing and maintenance of cars, will now be made more convenient with an improved digital experience,

“Further, I firmly believe that with this expansion, Carsome will be creating numerous job opportunities for skilled technicians and specialists to cater to growing demand in this sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, Carsome’s Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer Eric Cheng said that the Carsome Service Center offers a full-breadth of trusted after sales services for convenient and worry-free car maintenance.

He said the firm is committed to alleviating the uncertainties car owners have to navigate in order to secure a reliable, affordable, trusted car maintenance service provider.

“We do this by providing a transparent digital booking platform, backed by Carsome standards and experts as a one-stop shop solution for car owners,” he said.

From the business perspective, he said Carsome Service Center marks the beginning of an exciting chapter to improve legacy practices in the after sales service market.

Apart from leveraging data and technology to digitalize the customer journey, he said the firm is embracing the ‘phygital’ experience – reinforcing the digital experience with physical elements necessary to innovate and deliver end-to-end solutions for its customers across the region.

“We are grateful for the support of our government stakeholders, including the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) which has been a longtime supporter of Carsome via Malaysia Venture Capital Management (MAVCAP) as well as the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) which has helped us to introduce this service innovation to the Malaysian market through the Malaysian Digital Acceleration Grant,

“We hope to expand to the rest of our footprint in stages,” he added.

As part of the Carsome commitment in delivering trusted services, car owners can enjoy quality-assured car maintenance and repair services provided by certified mechanics, and receive transparent and upfront billing on services required.

Each car maintenance service will include a complimentary 20-point inspection to identify any underlying issues, before receiving the best recommended maintenance package provided by experienced service mechanics.

Upon inspection, the Carsome Service Center offers three packages to suit various needs with periodical services, along with other range of options to cater to consumers.

For more specific situations, Carsome Service Center will quote accordingly.

Carsome is Southeast Asia’s largest integrated car e-commerce platform.

With operations across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, Carsome aims to digitize the region’s used car industry by reshaping and elevating the car transaction and ownership experience.

Together with subsidiary brands iCar Asia, WapCar and CarTimes, Carsome provides end-to-end solutions to consumers and used car dealers across the decision funnel, from car content consumption, car inspection, ownership transfer to financing and other ancillary services, promising to bring trust, transparency and choice to our customers.

Carsome currently has more than 4,000 employees across all its offices in Asia.

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