BodyShopBids Named to "Cool Vendor 2012" List by Leading Technology Research Firm

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Chicago-based startup recognized for creating new business opportunities and innovative consumer experiences through technology

This further validates our mission to bring convenience and transparency to the car repair process using technology

BodyShopBids, a website and mobile application that empowers consumers to get auto repair estimates by photo, announced today that the company has been named a "Cool Vendor 2012" by Gartner, a leading technology firm.

Gartner recognizes BodyShopBids as one of four companies that demonstrate "how the automotive value chain is expanding to new technology areas that are centered on connecting the automobile with mobile consumer devices and the Web." BodyShopBids is singled out for "simplifying the car repair experience with the use of a smartphone's camera and online bidding process." Last year's list of "Cool Vendors" included Twilio, Pinterest, Flipboard and other early-stage companies across a wide spectrum of industries.

"We are honored to be recognized by one of the top technology research firms in the world with a long track record of identifying new, innovative companies that have gone on to become industry leaders in their respective sectors," said BodyShopBids founder and CEO Brad Weisberg. "This further validates our mission to bring convenience and transparency to the car repair process using technology."

Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids connects consumers in need of car repair with body shops through a unique bidding system. Consumers upload a photo of the damaged vehicle and receive several custom quotes from nearby body shops within 24 hours. The consumer can then select an estimate and book an appointment with the body shop online.

About BodyShopBids
BodyShopBids is a website and mobile application that connects consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through a unique bidding system. The company’s technology allows users to easily upload photos of damaged vehicles and receive custom quotes from local body shops, all for free. BodyShopBids is backed by OCA Ventures, New World Ventures and Lightbank. For more information, visit http://bodyshopbids.com.

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