A new partnership between AutoGuru and the incoming AmpolCard system will provide fleets with improved discounts and an extended network of service and auto repairers, alongside existing fuel benefits.
AmpolCard, which will be replacing StarCard over the next two years, will provide Australian businesses access to more than 1,900 petrol and convenience sites, alongside additional savings through partnerships with local companies.
There are currently over one million StarCard holders in Australia, which will evolve into the AmpolCard system once the transition is complete.
AutoGuru – Australia’s leading booking site for automotive servicing and repairs – will also provide AmpolCard users access to a service and repair network of more than 5,000 auto repairers with hundreds of workshops continuing to sign up.
“Ampol is an iconic Australian brand and a market leader in the fuel cards, and we pleased to help Australian business access fleet discounts at the majority of Australia’s best known automotive servicing and tyre brands,” AutoGuru’s CEO Eden Shirley said.
Authorised AmpolCard holders simply need to show their AmpolCard or Starcard at any approved OEM dealerships, major tyre & service group stores and thousands of independent workshops which can found on Ampol.com.au.
The first phase of the partnership will allow service providers to submit Ampol fleet work orders for pre authorisation online via AutoGuru’s Member Portal, or to call Ampol’s maintenance approval phone line which AutoGuru now manages.
Phase 2 of the partnership will then integrate AmpolCard as a payment option on AutoGuru so card holders can book servicing and repairs online at their convenience.
“This partnership aligns with our mission to digitally enable auto repairers to transact seamlessly with customers online,” Mr Shirley said.
“What we’ve built for Ampol is an industry first that provides FMOs and fleet managers a cost effective outsourcing option to maximise efficiencies and reduce operational costs.
AutoGuru’s new fleet platform will utilise manufacturer repair times and OEM and aftermarket parts pricing to deliver a programmatic approach to online fleet work quoting. In time it is hoped this will open the potential to utilise machine learning and AI to automate manual approval processes and provide accurate analysis and total cost of ownership forecasting.
“My goal within six months is to automate 60% of maintenance pre-auth processes to reduce costs for FMOs and deliver faster approvals and payment for workshops,” Mr Shirley said.