An OpenTable for auto repairs

Openbay, a pilot program for now, is free to users.
Openbay, a pilot program for now, is free to users.

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It’s one of those questions that most car owners eventually ask: Do you know a good mechanic?

Now, a Cambridge start-up can answer for you.

Openbay Corp. launched a mobile app and website on Monday where car owners can solicit competitive bids for repairs, and even check Yelp-like ratings of the shop or dealership they’re considering. They’ll be able to book the appointment and pay for it all within the app.

It’s a bit like OpenTable system for restaurant reservations, but for the auto repair business, said chief executive Rob Infantino.

Even though smartphones can make dinner reservations, book flights, hire and pay for cabs, there hadn’t been anything to easily connect everything about the car repair process into one app until now.

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