And so, to Lucy Burnford who bought a car, which ended up having a catalogue of problems, which then saw her coming up with something to help other drivers from having the same problems as her.
She's come up with Automyze, which is being referred to as an online 'personal assistant for your car'. The AA liked the idea so much that they snapped it up. The idea is that the MOT history of a car is more important than the service history. Instead of knowing what necessary work has been done on a vehicle, instead, you can find out all the maintenance work it has had.
Lucy says: "I developed the idea but not from a tech or auto background but I, and everyone I spoke to, thought it had legs. A full service history is basically a book with a couple of stamps - it does not tell you if the car has had bigger bits of maintenance done. I asked the guy selling my car and he said it had all been done but you have to take someone's word for it. You can buy service books from eBay and sell them on yourself."
And so, wanting all the documents for a car in one place, she hit on an idea: "I really wanted to create a digital hub and a portal where you could see if the car has had any major things go wrong and been serviced correctly."
Lucy and her team came up with Motoriety, which eventually became Automyze. Drivers set up an account, and then you can call up information on MOT, tax, vehicle servicing, repairs, insurance, and all that stuff. Within the next 12 months, it is predicted that there'll be half a million cars registered on the service.
Even though this is a joint venture with The AA, you don't have to be a member to use it. If you want to have a look at it, click here.