Lyndsey Faye Clark- firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration Service Record is a no-frills app that allows users to log a service record for their project vehicles. The application can be used to show the narrative that goes along with the restoration of project cars not only in the physical transformation, but the monetary investment and change in resale value. These before-and-after comparisons are interesting to look at and add another layer of value to collectors that actually care about the vehicles they invest in.
The best app I found to compare to my idea is a version for more modern, every-day vehicles: the myCARFAX app.
Cars can be given nicknames and custom pictures. Users that download this app obviously care about their cars, and would logically enjoy this personalization. Notification numbers/icons are displayed over each car to let the user know what services need attention. The icons are red and obvious: users that would go as far as to download this app would likely want to keep those notifications clear, which makes it a benefit for a repair shop to be in Carfax’s repair network.
Alerts on the car are impossible to ignore. Tapping the services like “Oil Change” gives users the options to select nearby garages in the Carfax network to perform the service. These services are saved in the cars’ Carfax history report: an extended service record improves a car’s resale value.
The mood of the app makes the due notifications seem urgent and unavoidable, and the app offers the service providers seamlessly. Keeping up on your notifications and getting a Carfax approved service extends your vehicle’s service record and affects the car’s resale value- this number is also displayed in the Carfax app.
The app is available for smart watch, phone, and tablet: the features available on each device are appropriate and follow the mobile-first mindset. I was impressed with the amount of functionality they seemed to squeeze into the watch app. The app is designed well for its users in that it offers frills in places that car lovers would want them- like giving your vehicle a profile photo and nickname. It makes it easy to not only remember when to perform maintenance on your vehicle, but on deciding where to do so. It then rewards its users by adding to the vehicle’s resale value.
This app works well for modern vehicles that are used as every day drivers. It does not work for vehicles that are recreational or ones that require restoration and non-traditional maintenance. Restoration Service Record is an app that fills that gap. The app allows its users to keep track of their maintenance and investment with photos, receipts, and documentation
- Keep track of investments and home repair of vehicles
- Upload before and after pictures of repairs with dates
- Store parts receipts and keep track of the corresponding service hours
- Keep track of oil changes, tire wear, ect.
- Dated log of BlueBook value in the timeline of repairs and investment