Stan Mirzayev is the CEO of Parts Detect, a company which has created an app to make it easy to find spare parts for a car. His app is designed to help mechanics to find high quality parts for their clients, and to sort through the options based on their needs.
Stan, what is your background as a mechanic?
My father is a master mechanic with over 35 years under his belt. I grew up in my dads auto repair shop in Queens NY. Smelling the exhaust fumes and listening to the air tools echo through the shop made me feel alive. Over the year I took over the family business. By that time I had a clear understanding of how the repair industry operated.
What gave you the idea to start up Parts Detect?
My father like every mechanic searches through multiple local part vendors to find the part in-stock, at the best price with the best warranty.
This process would sometimes take up to 10 minutes per car, times that by 6 cars and that is one hour of his day that was completely wasted. He would go through the same script vendor after vendors “hello this is Steve here is year-make-model-engine and part name”
Throughout the years I took over the family business and followed the same time consuming and outdated search process as my father, I was fed up. I knew I could create a program that would be simple to use and extremely effective for myself and all automotive professionals, brotherhood.
As a former mechanic, I know firsthand what a time drain it is to manually track down and purchase parts. Now our users can spend more time with clients, building and growing their businesses and less time searching for parts.”
What are the key benefits of the app?
The mobile app is absolutely free for all mechanics, compared to other software programs that charge hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Our features include a Scan VIN feature, vehicle drop down selection, manually entry of a vin and a part number cross refrence. We are the only platform to have multiple vendors results on a single page. 3 step process: Scan a VIN, enter a part and select which vendor you want to order the part from.
What used to take 10 minutes searching for a part now takes 10 seconds with Parts Detect.
Here is a short video with some more information:
How is your app making life easier for mechanics?
Removing the bottle-necking process of being placed on hold, removing human error and miscommunication.
Mechanics can choose from the vendor they want to buy from according to their availability and warranty, and then submit the order. Within as little as 30 minutes the part is delivered so mechanics can do their job. This process reduces the time mechanics spend searching for auto parts and gives them more of an opportunity to serve their customers in the best way they know how.
Is this idea completely new?
We created a unique algorithm that fetches, aggregates and displays search results on one page. There are systems out there that offer them on the same platform, but none that are free or mobile apps like ours!”
What is the aftermarket auto part industry?
The aftermarket auto industry as defined by Wikipedia the automotive aftermarket is the secondary market of the automotive industry, concerned with the manufacturing, remanufacturing, distribution, retailing, and installation of all vehicle parts, chemicals, equipment, and accessories, after the sale of the automobile by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to the consumer. The parts, accessories, etc. for sale may or may not be manufactured by the OEM
How will your app change the industry and where people can find it?
We put the power into the mechanics’ hand, by giving them the ability to search through multiple vendors instantly. We are the Kayak of auto parts.
Here are some links to these apps:
- App Store https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1024793193
- Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.partsDetect.app
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