24 hour car emergency service?

Last nite, my car broke down in the middle of my drive home… at 12 Midnight. Thank god i was near the place where i get most of my mechanical work done, and had his mobile number on me, so i called him up and left my car with him. He was even courteous enough to arrange safe storage of my car and drop me off at my place.. that too at around 1 AM.

But that got me thinking… we really need such a service here. Maybe it already exists and i just dont know about it. A 24 hour number, with city-wide emergency coverage, where incase your car breaks down, all you do is call them, they send over a tow-truck, haul your car off to get fixed, and make sure you get home safe. For an additional fee, maybe they could let u use a temporary car while yours is in the garage?

Wouldnt that make the lives of drivers (and especially their fathers) much more easier? Car breakdowns are a common enough occurence and im sure many of us have gotten that call in the middle of the night from some friend asking us to pick them up.

14 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    It would be great to have such a service. With participating mechanics in every area. You could get service in all Karachi.
    I am sure someone might have done reserach on this already.Any business graduates on this ?

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    While i have seen similar service in england (dont remember the name exactly,) there is no such service in karachi so far.

  3. SWA (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    This is a good buisness idea.
    Although on a totally unrelated note, can anyone tell me what area is Blick-7 in Clifton? Specifically, plot # G-6

  4. Ramla A. (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    Thumbs up for the idea! Currently, we only get served by Allah ke banday on volunteer duty. My car broke down in a deserted area near Khayaban-e-Sahar after midnight one day. I was coming back from a wedding wiht my parents, and we panicked until this man found us, *ran* his car to his home, and came back with his sons, plugs to charge battery, emergency light, the works…

    Only a simply equipped breakdown-gang to begin with can still do wonders. Now that I think about it, companies that run radio cabs can extend their radio system to this service… or their expertise can help a start-up breakdown gang in coordinating.

    {that was the business graduate’s opinion.}

  5. YO YO (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 6:45 am

    RAMLA…You basically just repeated what I said. Come-on…tell us if one of you pampered suits did some real work and did a market study on this….LOL

    I know Prince Charles visited Bombay Tiffin service. It is a service which featured in Forbes magazine and is run efficiently by common (non business graduates) people. I think more HOW TO approach is needed in this scenario rather than the big picture stuff.

    Here is a link for someone wanting to know more about Bombay tiffin.

  6. Asif (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 7:09 am

    Definitely a good idea. Such a service does exist in more (materially) developed countries such as the US and Canada, as well as Malaysia. It’s usually offered by the Automobile Association of (name of country). Other than towing services, they also certify car mechanics, offer automotive insurance and offer a host of other services. Here is the website of the Canadian Automobile Association http://www.caa.ca/english/english%20home.html

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    thankyou all. I’ve put the idea out there.. who knows, if nothing been done in a couple of years.. i may start something like this myself. ;)

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Also, (and i dont know how much of it actually happens) but if you are willing to bump up your insurance payments, then the company usually provides you with emergency service as well as a temporary car if you’ve met with an accident or something… i think Trakker insurance has that option.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    swa: g-6, block 7 would be probably the area near 3 talwar, adjacent to hilal-e-ahmer house, opp. gulf shopping mall. Your asking about the new meindhart project there right??

  10. danny (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    All car insurance companies here in the US offer packages with the assistance you mentioned Mansoor — I pay $26/yr extra for 24 hour breakdown/lockout/towing/petrol serive which covers any towing I may need, provide a locksmith to open my car if I lock my keys in or bring me a few gallons of petrol if I run out of it while driving anywhere anytime.

    In addition car insurance companies here also provide a rental car free or a “loaner” car when your car is at the workshop being repaired.

    Our car insurance companies in PK should take note and start providing such services.

  11. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    hey guysssss !!
    why do we all live here in pakistan.. we have contacts/friends/family here..
    and being here means you can literally drag a friend out of his bed in the middle of the night and make him rescue you and not even thank him later.. I love Pakistan =D

    about the service, well most of the mechanics here do that for you if ur there regular customer. If ur in good terms and you have there number they’ll come out wherever you are and will help you in any possible way.

    If you have a car that has the potential to break down in the middle of no where then definately you need to be in good terms with mechanics..

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    danny: thats great! i wish it were here too *hopeful*

    umer: LOL!! on the other thing.. that is excatly what saved my butt that day.. being on good terms with the mechanic/electrician.

  13. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    another thing that you can do is convince a friend to open up a workshop or just pool in with him to open up one.
    I am originally from Islamabad and moved here a year and a half back. I still have a workshop in isb for my cars and those of my friends.
    So in that case its there 24/7 =D

  14. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    another thing that you can do is convince a friend to open up a workshop or just pool in with him to open up one.
    I am originally from Islamabad and moved here a year and a half back. I still have a workshop in isb for my cars and those of my friends.
    So in that case its there 24/7 =D

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