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Repairify Awarded New Patent
July 22, 2021
Plano, TX – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announces the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Repairify patent serial no. 16/202,642 for remote automotive diagnostics. The patent is directed to aspects of Repairify’s industry‐disrupting technology, including systems and methods that allow ASE technicians to use a mobile device to read a vehicle’s identification number (VIN), transmit the VIN to a diagnostic database, and assist in determining whether an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diagnostic tool — or aftermarket tool — is required for proper diagnosis and/or repair of the vehicle. As a result, automotive technicians can accurately select the correct OEM and/or aftermarket remote diagnostic tools for the effective and safe diagnosis of vehicles.

“asTech’s technology is an industry ‘game changer’ by providing unique functionality to access vital OEM and aftermarket remote diagnostics data via VINs, and this newest patent will help us in protecting that technology” stated Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify, Inc. “ASE technicians will be empowered to quickly access the correct automotive tools to accurately and safely address unique vehicle functionalities via diagnostics and repair data. This newest patent to be issued will be another competitive strategic step for accelerating our solutions and offerings across the entire automotive ecosystem.”

The patent is expected to be directed at aspects of Repairify’s technology that serve as the brains of a revolutionary solution asTech is launching to the automotive aftermarket industry later this summer. The product will accurately address vehicles’ OEM and aftermarket remote diagnostic needs for three important automotive repair sectors: collision, mechanical, and glass. These innovations further assist Repairify to expand and accelerate its proprietary tools, technology, and service offerings across the Americas and Europe.

About asTech

asTech is the leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry. asTech provides cutting-edge, expert diagnostics using OEM tools to provide safe and accurate repairs. asTech provides remote diagnostics using its patented device and also provides access to ASE-Certified Master Technicians, who are trained to be virtual diagnosticians. asTech Master Technicians can service many trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. asTech also offers mobile repair, key replacement, calibration services, and BlueDriver®, the #1 vehicle scan tool solution on Amazon. asTech is based in Plano, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

asTech Acquires Mobile Tech RX
June 15, 2021
Plano, TX – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Mobile Tech RX (“Mobile Tech RX” or the “Company”). Mobile Tech RX is the industry leading automotive and collision reconditioning application with over 4,000 companies and approximately 6,000 active users that enables technicians to estimate, invoice, manage teams and collision workflow, process repair orders and capture data on-the-go through their mobile devices. Mobile Tech RX also provides instant damage pricing estimates using machine learning enabled AI and computer vision with dispatch functionality to their technicians across the country in their own marketplace. The Company represents the twelfth add-on acquisition for asTech and Kinderhook’s 112th automotive- related transaction. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Today, there are over 4,000 companies leveraging the application for glass repair, detailing, paintless dent repair (“PDR”), wheel and rim repair, paint touch up, window tint, interior repair, PPF and vinyl repairs. This technology enables these businesses to have all the necessary tools to compete from marketing, workflow, finance, payment to real-time analytics dashboards. Everything an independent automotive and collision business needs to manage, grow and enhance their position in the industry.

“Mobile Tech RX is a strategic acquisition that allows asTech to expand both its product offering and customer base. The Company provides asTech with access to an established network of repair technicians across 4,000 businesses and 6,000 technicians, instantly increasing asTech’s scale and capabilities,” said Paul Cifelli, Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries.

“Repairify is thrilled to welcome Eric Garves from Mobile Tech RX, who will be joining the Repairify team as the CEO of Mobile Tech RX. The Company has demonstrated an ability to match demand while providing end customers access to a flexed labor with over 1.7 million vehicles repaired through its solution in the past year. We look forward to continued success as we further augment the application to include solutions across asTech’s platform of service offerings,” said Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify.

“The merger between Mobile Tech RX and Repairify will result in an application that better serves all end customers and technicians who currently utilize the solution,” said Eric Garves, CEO and Co- Founder of Mobile Tech RX. “Technicians will be capable of diversifying and expanding their revenue streams while end customers will benefit from access to a broader set of vehicle repairs.”

Monroe Moxness Berg PA and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to asTech. Financing for the transaction was provided by Ares Capital Corporation and Capital One, National Association.

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.3 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 260 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. We have a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders.

For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com

About asTech

asTech is the leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry. asTech provides cutting-edge, expert diagnostics using OEM tools to provide safe and accurate repairs. asTech provides remote diagnostics using its patented device and also provides access to ASE-Certified Master Technicians, who are trained to be virtual diagnosticians. asTech Master Technicians can service many trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. asTech also offers mobile repair, key replacement, calibration services, and BlueDriver®, the #1 vehicle scan tool solution on Amazon. asTech is based in Plano, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

About Mobile Tech RX

Mobile Tech RX offers the #1 automotive reconditioning application, a software as a service (“SAAS”) technology platform that makes it easy for mobile and shop-based technicians to estimate, invoice, manage collision workflow, and capture data on-the-go from a tablet or phone. Since inception, Mobile Tech RX has worked to simplify the work order management process and make it easier to connect reconditioning technicians to end customers and their vehicles. Mobile Tech RX was founded in 2014 and is based in Austin, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.mobiletechrx.com

asTech Acquires Red EU & Red Autocentres
March 23, 2021
New York, NY – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), announced today the acquisition of Red (EU) Limited and Red Autocentres. Red (EU) Limited is a leading distributor of aftermarket electronic devices designed to run diagnostic tests and calibration services on automotive electrical systems, specifically advanced driver-assistance systems (“ADAS”). Red Autocentres is a leading provider of automotive diagnostics, calibration and programming services for the collision and mechanical markets. The combined Companies will operate as Red EU (“Red” or the “Company”) and represent the eleventh add-on acquisition for asTech and Kinderhook’s 105th automotive-related transaction. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Red provides a complete suite of solutions for the service, maintenance, and repair (“SMR”), collision, and automotive insurance industries through diagnostic scan tools and automotive electrical system services. Services include local, car-side, and remote diagnostics along with sensor calibration, programming, and vehicle health support.

“Red is an exciting acquisition that enables asTech to further broaden its suite of global tools and solutions for customers. With demand for ADAS repair and calibration services rising, asTech looks forward to continuing to be the solution provider of choice for customers seeking to properly repair today’s sophisticated car parc,” said Paul Cifelli, Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries.

“Repairify is thrilled to welcome Martin Brown from Red, who will be joining the Repairify team as Technical Director, Repairify Innovations. Expanding into new markets and augmenting service offerings to better serve all customers is key to asTech’s global growth strategy. We look forward to integrating Red, a leading market expert in the United Kingdom (UK), which will enable us to further execute on that strategy across the UK, Europe, and internationally,” said Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify.

“The merger between Red and Repairify will provide tremendous value and benefits to all our of our Red global customers”, said Martin Brown, CEO of Red EU. “Red customers will benefit from having access to a complete portfolio of world class tools, products, and services rapidly being integrated under the Repairify global solutions platform.”

Mishcon de Reya LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to asTech.

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.3 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 260 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. We have a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders.

For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com

About asTech

asTech is the leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry. asTech provides cutting-edge, expert diagnostics using OEM tools to provide safe and accurate repairs. asTech provides remote diagnostics using its patented device and also provides access to ASE-Certified Master Technicians, who are trained to be virtual diagnosticians. asTech Master Technicians can service many trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. asTech also offers mobile repair, key replacement, calibration services, and BlueDriver®, the #1 vehicle scan tool solution on Amazon. asTech is based in Plano, Texas.

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

About Red

Red is a leading provider of aftermarket electronic devices designed to run diagnostic tests and calibration services on automotive electric systems. Red also provides ADAS services including local, car-side, and remote diagnostic along with sensor calibration, programming, and vehicle health support. A market expert for technical services, solutions, and hard-to-fix vehicles, Red is based in Dunstable, United Kingdom.

For more information, please visit: www.red.holdings

asTech Receives Strategic Investment From 3M
February 23, 2021
Plano, TX – Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech (“asTech”), known for its patented asTech® device and remote scanning, programming, and calibration services to the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced a strategic investment from 3M. The strategic investment from 3M will help Repairify further expand and accelerate its proprietary tools, technology and service offerings across the Americas and Europe. Terms and conditions of the investment were kept confidential and future collaboration will be announced in a separate press release later.

"The 3M strategic investment in Repairify enables us to accelerate our solutions and offerings across the entire automotive ecosystem,” stated Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify, Inc. regarding the investment.

“We seek to make strategic investments that will advance our innovation and growth,” said Ben Wright, Director, 3M Ventures. “We are moving rapidly to an even more digital-first world, and we see those shifts in the automotive aftermarket. This investment signifies our continued commitment to advance the digitization of 3M as well as of the customers we serve.“

About asTech, a Repairify, Inc. Company

Repairify, Inc. is the global leader for advanced Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and automotive aftermarket vehicle diagnostics, calibrations, remote services, and intelligence. Repairify portfolio solutions are powered by patented tools and technology and delivered through certified industry professionals providing the safest and most accurate repairs. asTech Master Technicians can service trouble codes remotely and provide real-time assistance to shop technicians at the vehicle when needed. Repairify currently provides global service solutions to the automotive industry in over 20 countries across the Americas and Europe through its portfolio of industry leading brands: asTech®, Bluedriver®, FleetGenix® and Repairify Solutions®.

For more information, please visit: www.astech.com

Repairify Media Contact: inquiries@repairify.com
Introducing the Service Feature
January 31, 2020
BlueDriver 7.2 is here, and with it comes some great new capabilities! The new Service feature will help you reset an oil light or TPMS light, or register a battery. In order to reset an oil or TPMS light, one typically has to perform a special sequence of tasks (like pressing pedals or buttons). The Service feature will give you vehicle specific instructions to help guide you though the process. Additionally, a small number of manufacturers require that a battery be registered upon installation. BlueDriver will now allow BMW and Mini drivers to complete the registration process themselves.

As always, this update is available for free via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you have any questions or concerns about version 7.2 (or anything else), don’t hesitate to contact us!

We're always here to help!

The BlueDriver Team
BlueDriver's Biggest Update Ever
November 2, 2019
The BlueDriver team is thrilled to announce the release for BlueDriver 7, our biggest update ever!

We’ve added enhanced diagnostics for Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, and Subaru! With these additions, you can now read enhanced diagnostics on all major brands in North America, solidifying BlueDriver as the most capable scan tool on the market!

However, we didn’t stop there! Version 7 also contains enhanced diagnostic updates for most of the brands we previously covered, again making BlueDriver more powerful.

Finally, we topped it all off with a complete overhaul of the BlueDriver user interface. Our app is now easier to use and nicer to look at than ever before. All BlueDriver owners can download the free update at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this update (or anything else), please contact us. We’re here to help, 24/7!

Cheers,

The BlueDriver Team
ChrixFix and BlueDriver Are Cruisin' In The Park
August 7, 2019
YouTube's #1 automotive personality, ChrisFix, and Amazon's #1 scan tool, BlueDriver, are teaming up to hit the Cruisin' 2019 car show at Bowring Park on Saturday, August 10 from 1-3pm.

Come get your picture taken with ChrisFix and share it on social media for a chance to win an iPad. And while you're at it, get some pictures of BlueDriver's own Lamborghini and AMG.

See you there!

The BlueDriver Team
BlueDriver Announces Mazda Enhanced Diagnostics Capability
May 1, 2019
We are excited to release app version 6.12 to BlueDriver Nation. This update enables enhanced diagnostics for all Mazda models 1996 to present. The update is now available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for all BlueDriver owners.

You can now do more on your Mazda with a BlueDriver Enhanced Diagnostic test. Not only will BlueDriver analyze any Check Engine information, the Enhanced Diagnostic test will also read information from modules like ABS, airbag, and climate control. Then use BlueDriver’s free Repair Reports to grab possible fixes from a database of millions of verified fixes (all performed by ASE certified mechanics). This one two punch gives you the most comprehensive Mazda analysis available.

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about this update (or anything else) please contact us. We’re always here to help!

Zoom zoom,

The BlueDriver Team
BlueDriver Nation Invades ETI's Tool Tech in Charlotte
April 30, 2019
Our own Jim Fish and Alex Walsh attended this year’s ETI Tool Tech event – the annual gathering of leading diagnostics providers – which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina this year. The event, which was kicked off at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, included attendees from GM, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, as well as Snap-on, Launch-Tech, Continental, and Bosch. Jim and Alex were left inspired by a roster of speakers that included Jeff DeGraff, from the University of Michigan and Tim Woods, of the Autonomous Vehicle Alliance.

Key topics discussed included:

• the future of vehicle repair;

• the increasing need and care taken in the areas of cybersecurity and consumer privacy;

• and, the increasing sophistication of vehicle architectures.

Did you know that today’s vehicles have over 100 Million lines of code and dozens of individual electronic modules?  The technology to diagnose vehicles continues to outpace the technical change, and cloud based resources enable even the most difficult diagnostic solutions to be handled without fear.  Considering that, the most valued portion of the agenda for Jim and Alex was speaking to event attendees about those technological advancements. By listening to the challenges and concerns of industry leaders, the BlueDriver team is well equipped to work with the industry to ensure we continue to give you everything you need to repair your own vehicles.

BlueDriver's Jim Fish Accepts Special Director's Award at ETI Tool Tech
April 30, 2019
BlueDriver and Jim Fish have been active members of ETI (Equipment and Tool Institute) for many years, but that dedication has ramped up in recent years, culminating with Jim taking the helm as ETI President and Chairman of the Board last year.  ETI helps enable the success of its members by championing collective interests. Currently those interests include increasing vehicle complexity, rapid change in the automotive industry, and heightened concern over the safety and security of vehicle repair.  ETI also provides a unique and collaborative environment for diagnostics solution providers to work directly with vehicle manufacturers.

At this year’s ETI Tool Tech convention, Jim accepted a special Director’s Award in recognition of exemplary service to ETI. That service has included the recruitment and placement of ETI’s new Executive Director, Brian Plott, and a restructure of the mission and vision of ETI.  “As fast as the technology is moving in the automotive space, it was time for some pretty deep change. ETI allows it’s members to stay ahead of that curve and the moves made to the institute this year position ETI members to deliver leading edge capability for their customers for years to come.” said Jim Fish.

Our ETI membership allows us to work directly with vehicle OEM’s, which is critical in delivering the best enhanced diagnostic capability in the industry. Jim and the BlueDriver team will continue to cultivate and nurture relationships within the automotive industry, so that we can continue delivering the best product imaginable.

BlueDriver Team Honored at Director's Awards
March 23, 2019
The Faculty of Engineering’s Co-operative Education Office at Memorial University recently held its inaugural Director’s Awards. The award ceremony celebrated exceptional achievements by senior engineering students, and the employers who work with the co-op program.

The BlueDriver team took home two awards on the day. Jill, one of our hard working and talented co-op students, was the recipient of the Outstanding Work Term Performance Award. Additionally, Greg (our VP of Engineering) accepted the Employer Recognition Award on behalf of the BlueDriver team. The award was given to the team for providing exceptional mentoring and promoting an environment for student success.

We congratulate Jill on her accomplishment, and thank the Engineering Co-op Education Office for the honor. The awards reflect our team’s commitment to continued education, and to helping students grow into incredible graduates. We strive to learn every day, so that we can take that knowledge and pour it back into our products. At the end of the day, it’s all for our customers.
VW Group Enhanced Diagnostics
January 20, 2018
The great updates just keep rolling in 2018!

Introducing Enhanced Diagnostics for Volkswagen Auto Group brands!

The BlueDriver team is thrilled to announce the release of version 6.11, which adds the ability to read enhanced diagnostics on most Volkswagen brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley. This free update is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for all BlueDriver owners.

Support for enhanced diagnostics on Volkswagen brands is only available on those vehicles sold in North America.

Enhanced diagnostics allow you to read beyond the basic Check Engine Light information, and get information on modules like ABS, airbag, climate control, etc.

While we’re excited to bring you this great update, we’re equally excited for the other great things coming in 2018. Swing back to BlueDriver.com often to see what’s coming soon!

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about this update (or anything else) please contact us. We’re always here to help!

Happy driving,

The BlueDriver Team
Honda Enhanced Diagnostics
December 8, 2017
Just in time for Christmas, BlueDriver 6.10!

Now with Enhanced Diagnostics for Honda and Acura!

The BlueDriver team is excited to announce the release of version 6.10, which adds the ability to read enhanced diagnostics on all Honda brands, including Honda and Acura. This free update is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for all BlueDriver owners.

Support for enhanced diagnostics on Honda and Acura will be available on model years 2003 and newer.

Enhanced diagnostics allow you to read beyond the basic Check Engine Light information, and get information on modules like ABS, airbag, climate control, etc.

We’re thrilled to bring you these great additional features, but the new features won’t stop here. We’re working every day to bring you even more great updates, and there will be more coming soon!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We’re always here to help!

Happy Holidays,

The BlueDriver Team
Jim Fish Joins Lemur Team
March 27, 2017
Lemur Monitors today announced that Jim Fish has joined Lemur as Vice President of Business Development and as a strategic advisor, reporting to Lemur’s CEO Maurice Tuff.

Fish will provide oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and enhancement of the existing Lemur connected car ecosystem including its vehicle monitoring and diagnostic technology. Lemur sets the standard for customer service with innovative features like live inapp chat and unprecedented vehicle diagnostic capabilities and is the leader in mobile OS diagnostic solutions.

“I am thrilled that Jim is joining our team,” said Tuff. “He shares our values and our focus on innovation, and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. His background in connected vehicles, data analytics, and artificial intelligence are a perfect fit as we set course for the future Lemur ecosystem.”

“I am profoundly honored to join Lemur, and very much look forward to working with the team to further enrich the consumer experience as Lemur builds on their existing market-leading ecosystem,” said Fish. “It is no mystery why they are the leading platform, with unprecedented capability that continues to expand. More capabilities in the platform means more problems found, and that saves the Lemur customer time and money.”

Fish joins Lemur from Robert Bosch North America, where he served as Chief Innovation Officer and was named the 2014 Bosch Inventor of the Year. Jim has over 20 patents in the area of vehicle diagnostics, software and connected business models and oversaw the Bosch Global Aftermarket Diagnostic business. Prior to Bosch, he was the head of Product Management for SPX Service Solutions (which was acquired by Bosch in 2012), an executive with Snap-on, and has additionally spent time in a green energy start-up, as a management consultant and spent over 10 years with Ford Motor Company. He is on the Board of the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), is a regular industry speaker and his passion for the customer has led him to become an ASE Certified Automotive Technician.

Lemur Monitors provides advanced diagnostic solutions via their BlueDriver platform. Lemur is the unquestioned leader in the mobile OS diagnostics, both with DIY’ers and professional technicians.

Media Enquires: media@lemurmonitors.com