Are you a car enthusiast who’s crazy about cars and loves to pamper their vehicle? We are here to make your vehicle personalized and truly one-of-a-kind!
Personalizing your car means customizing various aspects of your vehicle to suit your preferences, style, or needs. Upgrading the interior focuses on enhancing the comfort and style of the inside of your car.
This involves changing the outer appearance of your vehicle to give it a makeover and enhance its visual appeal.
At Okayker, we offer a wide range of car customization services. From upgrading exterior lighting to adding colored rim accents, we are here to help you create a vehicle that is truly yours!
Owning a car is a significant investment– as we invest our time, effort, and money into its upkeep. While it helps us run errands and facilitate our daily tasks, we must take care of this valuable asset and ensure it stays in top-notch condition.
To maintain your car in pristine condition, here are some effective ways to keep it protected and well-maintained.
Washing your car regularly helps to remove dirt and other particles that accumulate on the surface. These pollutants can damage the paint making your car look less shiny. To ensure that your car remains neat and clean, you should wash it once or twice a week. Make sure that you use a microfiber cloth for cleaning as it does not leave any scratches or streaks behind.
Car polish is a great idea that helps to maintain your car’s exterior. Over time, a car’s paint can lose its shine due to exposure to UV rays and other pollutants making it look dull. Polish aims to improve the appearance of the paintwork by removing imperfections, light scratches, and swirl marks from the surface. It contains abrasive particles that remove a thin layer of oxidized paint to reveal a glossy surface underneath.
Car Polish prepares the surface for wax to adhere better and last longer.
Although wax and polishing are sometimes used interchangeably, they serve different purposes. Car wax is used to provide a protective layer on your car’s paint surface. It acts as a barrier against UV rays, dirt, and other environmental elements. While car wax can enhance the shine of the car’s paint, its main function is to protect the surface. For this reason, it is usually applied after the car has been polished.
Maintaining the paint of your car is important because it serves as a protective layer for your vehicle’s exterior. Two effective methods for paint protection are Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film.
Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer applied to the car’s exterior paint to protect it from everyday wear and tear. It provides a durable, and glossy protective layer on the paint surface against UV rays and oxidation. The coating’s hydrophobic properties repel water, making it hard for dirt and grime to stick to the surface. So, if you want your vehicle to have an added layer of protection, getting ceramic coating done is a good choice.
Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a transparent shield applied directly to your car’s surface, providing extra protection against scratches, stone chips, and other physical damages. PPF is more durable than ceramic coating as it preserves your car’s paint for a longer period, making it look pristine.
PPF is commonly used on the front bumper, hoods, fenders and other vulnerable areas.
To maintain the exterior of your car, you must regularly clean the wheels and tires to remove the dirt and grime from the sidewalls. Use suitable cleaners and brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas. To preserve the wheels, apply a wheel sealant to protect them from corrosion, while for the tires, use tire dressing to achieve a shiny and glossy look. Regular maintenance will help to protect the exterior appearance of your vehicle, making it look visually appealing.
At Okayker, we provide all of the services mentioned above to keep your vehicle’s exterior in pristine condition.
Regular car care does not only enhance your car’s appearance, but it also helps to maintain its resale value. Here are some basic car care tips that you can follow to extend the life cycle of your vehicle.
Treat your car with care, and it will reward you with many miles of joy and unforgettable experiences!
As the monsoon season is in full swing, hydroplaning becomes a major issue for drivers navigating through wet and slippery roads.
Hydroplaning, also known as aquaplaning, is a dangerous situation that occurs when your vehicle skids on a wet road due to loss of traction.
To understand what traction is, let’s delve into how tires work. Tires have patterns of rubber and grooves, known as tread patterns, which are designed to push water away when you drive on wet roads to prevent skidding. The ability of your tires to grip the road is called traction. Hence, if the traction is poor, it becomes difficult to control the vehicle.
In the above picture, the combination of rain and oil residue creates a slippery film on the road surface, which lifts the car slightly off the road. Reduced tire traction results in loss of control as it becomes difficult for drivers to maneuver the vehicle on slippery road surfaces.
Our Advice: At OkayKer, our gurus would recommend you regularly rotate your tires every 8000 to 11000 kilometers. And also maintain an optimal tire pressure range between 30 psi to 36 PSI.
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Our Advice: Invest in tires with advanced tread patterns that provide better grip and control on wet roads.
Our Advice: During wet conditions, you must always slow down your vehicle’s speed to gain control and make it more manageable. This will minimize the risk of hydroplaning.
Our Advice: Release your foot from the accelerator pedal to reduce the speed gradually. Once the tires regain their traction, apply the brakes gently.
Our Advice: We’d advise you not to use cruise control when it is raining as slippery and wet road surface increases the chance of hydroplaning.
As a vehicle enthusiast, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a well-calculated car average. In this blog, we will discuss tips and tricks on how to make your vehicle more fuel efficient.
Fuel Efficiency refers to how far a vehicle can travel with a specific quantity of fuel. Higher fuel efficiency means that the vehicle can go farther using less amount of fuel. It is usually measured in terms of the distance traveled (in miles or kilometers) per unit of fuel consumed (in gallons or liters).
The higher the fuel efficiency, the more economical the vehicle is, as it consumes less fuel to travel a certain distance.
Combining these tips and tricks will help you to maximize fuel efficiency for your vehicle. A fuel-efficient vehicle not only increases the car’s average but also contributes to better mileage.
As the automotive industry grows and evolves, a bright future awaits the way we drive. Advancements in the automobile sector have introduced Electric Vehicles and Hybrids as eco-friendly alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles.
These new vehicles are designed with a feature known as Eco Idle Battery that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop such as traffic lights. This results in reduced fuel consumption as it saves unnecessary idling.
Likewise, modern vehicles have a fuel delivery system that is designed to optimize fuel combustion known as Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). EFI aims to improve fuel efficiency by controlling the amount of fuel injected into the engine’s cylinders.
To conclude, the future of the automotive sector is being designed in such a way as to promote aerodynamics that promote better fuel efficiency and reduced tailpipe emissions.
As the scorching summer heat bears down upon us, there is nothing quite as frustrating as when your car’s AC system stops working. To avoid sweltering days, get your AC service done with OkayKer.
The most frequent car AC problems usually revolve around leaks or compressor-related issues. However, there could be other potential issues as well. From faulty condensers to evaporator issues, let us look into some common car AC problems
1. Insufficient cooling: The most common problem that often arises in a vehicle is inadequate cooling. This means that the car’s AC system is not cooling the interior as effectively as it should. This could be due to refrigerant leaks or low levels of refrigerant marked by the presence of oily spots and greasy stains. Since the car refrigerant absorbs heat and releases it outside, leaks can cause the AC to blow warm air.
2. AC compressor failure: A malfunctioning compressor such as a faulty clutch or damaged bearings will result in reduced circulation of the refrigerant. Without proper refrigerant circulation, the system’s cooling capacity is significantly diminished. This disrupts the proper functioning of the AC system, which is necessary for effective cooling. So, if your car’s AC is not working properly, you must check your compressor belt for cracks or looseness.
3. Electrical issues: If the AC system is not blowing air, this could be due to a blown fuse, a frayed wire, or other wiring problems. Likewise, if the blower motor is faulty, the air will not be properly circulated through the vents. This leads to a decrease in the cooling performance. For a properly functioning AC system the blower motor needs to be replaced.
4. Weak Airflow: Your car’s AC system can experience reduced performance if its filters are clogged or dirty. The accumulation of dirt and debris within the vents and ducts can obstruct the airflow, affecting the overall functioning of the AC system. It could even result in warm air blowing out rather than cool air. Therefore, cleaning your cabin filters will ensure optimal cooling performance.
5. Strange odors: Unpleasant odors from the AC system are often caused by bacteria or mold growth on the evaporator. The presence of bacteria growth results in the emission of an unpleasant odor from the vents. Cleaning or replacing the cabin air filter will reduce the concentration of odors. Similarly, regular maintenance and interior cleaning of the car helps to eliminate the pollutants from entering the Air conditioning system.
6. Unusual noises: Noises like squealing, grinding, or rattling from the AC system indicate a faulty compressor, worn-out bearings, or a failing blower motor. This can result in reduced cooling performance or potential risk of breakdown during hot weather.
Now that we have identified the common problems in a vehicle’s AC system, let us move towards the next step.
1. Park in shaded areas: Whenever possible, you should park your car under the shade to avoid exposure to sunlight. Excessive heat can put a strain on the AC components, such as the condenser and compressor, leading to faster wear and tear. By parking in the shade, the interior of your car remains cooler, resulting in less strain on the system.
2. Use the AC system regularly: Regular use of the AC system is essential to keep it functioning optimally. During the winter season, running the AC occasionally also helps to circulate the air inside the car, preventing a stale and musty smell.
3. Keep the interior clean: Regular maintenance of the interior of your car increases the chances of a well-functioning AC system. A clean interior prevents dirt and dust from accumulating in the air vents and filter, which allows for optimal cooling.
4. Let the hot air out: Before turning on the car AC during hot weather conditions, you should first let the hot air out by opening the windows. This allows the heat to dissipate, enabling the AC to cool the interior more efficiently.
5. Check for leaks and unusual noises: Last, but not least, look for signs of refrigerant leaks as well as any unusual noises in the car AC system. Addressing these issues quickly helps to extend the life cycle of your AC.
Car problems can be frustrating to deal with, but with regular car maintenance and AC service, these issues can be resolved efficiently. To get your AC service done by us, schedule an appointment with our OkayKer Guru!
A car diagnosis is a preventive service that we can perform for you at the comfort of your home. All you need to do is book your appointment, and our experts at OkayKer will ensure a hassle-free service experience.
A car diagnosis test involves assessing various components in a vehicle to find any problems or issues that it may have. It includes listening for unusual sounds and warning signs and finding engine, exhaust, oil tank, or AC system issues.
Just like you visit a doctor when you experience symptoms to understand your health issues, a car diagnosis serves as a check-up for your vehicle.
Your vehicle may be experiencing electrical glitches, engine performance issues, or a combination of both. To identify the problem accurately, we have classified them into two categories.
Let’s take a look at the components that are thoroughly tested during our diagnosis process:
Our comprehensive report offers an extensive assessment consisting of 50+ individual points, covering various aspects of your vehicle, including services such as AC check, brakes check, suspension, and engine oil check.
Our diagnosis report includes a detailed evaluation of your vehicle’s components and systems consisting of 50+ individual points of assessment. The level of detail ensures that every aspect is covered, leaving our customers happy and satisfied.
Our team of technicians– ‘gurus’ are highly skilled and have the knowledge and expertise required for accurate diagnosis. Whether it’s a simple adjustment, maintenance, or replacement, our gurus provide clear guidance on the necessary steps that need to be taken.
Besides an in-depth assessment report, we also offer a warranty service for our customers. The warranty allows them to have a 100km/7 day checking period for our services.
Our Diagnosis report highlights the potential problems that may not be immediately evident but might require future attention. By addressing these issues early on, you can prevent major failures and costly repairs in the future.
We provide doorstep diagnosis services at a charge of Rs. 1000, while diagnosis at our workshop is offered free of charge. If you choose to proceed with the diagnostic repairs through OkayKer, you can enjoy the benefit of having the diagnosis charges completely waived in your final bill.
We also provide quotations for car parts, where our prices are noticeably lower compared to the prevailing market rates. Our advantage lies in establishing direct links with importers, enabling us to procure the parts at wholesale prices.
To conclude, a car diagnosis empowers you to make informed decisions about necessary repairs, especially when you are unsure about the problem.
Discover the crucial role of unsung heroes of combustion, known as Spark Plugs that keep your vehicle running smoothly. For optimal engine performance, get them serviced or replaced through OkayKer.
A small part often overlooked yet crucial for your vehicle's operation is known as a spark plug. To begin with, spark plugs are tiny devices that create a powerful spark to ignite the air-fuel mixture inside the engine. This makes the engine start and allows the vehicle to run smoothly.
Let’s delve into the intricacies and types of spark plugs. There are usually two types of spark plugs. Iridium and Non-Iridium.
They are made with a special metal called iridium, which is known for its durability and high melting point. They are designed to provide better ignition, improved fuel efficiency, and longer lifespan due to reduced electrode wear.
2. Non-iridium Spark Plugs
They are typically made of materials such as copper or nickel alloy. They are less durable and tend to have a shorter lifespan as compared to Iridium ones. Hence, they provide weaker ignition and require more frequent replacements than Iridium spark plugs.
A spark plug is like an “ignition switch” of a car’s engine, allowing it to start smoothly. A good spark plug ensures complete combustion, which means that the fuel is burned efficiently. This means you can go farther on the same amount of fuel, resulting in improved mileage and cost savings.
If the spark plug is faulty, it can result in rough idling and misfires, causing the engine to run rough. This can lead to a decrease in power, acceleration, and overall engine performance. Replacing the damaged spark plugs ensures efficient combustion, which leads to improved acceleration and engine power. Thus, a properly functioning spark plug will result in improved power output, thereby helping to enhance your vehicle’s engine performance.
Spark plug combustion directly influences fuel economy. If your vehicle gives low mileage per liter of fuel, then it is important to replace the spark plugs. By doing so, the air-fuel mixture is effectively burned and less fuel is wasted, which results in improved mileage and fuel economy.
Faulty spark plugs contribute to higher levels of harmful emissions, such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Due to incomplete combustion, the efficiency of the catalytic converter, responsible for reducing emissions is also impacted. To counter this issue and the negative environmental impact, it is important to regularly inspect and replace spark plugs, as needed. This ensures proper combustion, as the air-fuel mixture is ignited effectively, resulting in less amount of harmful pollutants in the atmosphere.
If you experience symptoms like rough idling, reduced fuel efficiency, engine misfires, or reduced engine performance, it indicates that your spark plugs need to be replaced. The replacement of spark plugs differs for each vehicle, depending on the vehicle’s specifications and the type of spark plug used such as copper, platinum, or iridium. However, replacing Iridium spark plugs every 60,000km- 70,000km is recommended, while non-iridium spark plugs should be changed every 20,000km-25,000km. At OkayKer, we offer spark plugs with a price range spanning from Rs. 400 to Rs. 4000.
Like tiny cogs in a grand machine, spark plugs are vital for a vehicle’s smooth operation, igniting the fuel to keep your engine running.
There’s nothing more Karachiites dread than heavy rains. As much as we eagerly anticipate the monsoon season, our excitement often turns into apprehension, once the season arrives. Heavy rainfall wreaks havoc on valuable assets including our vehicles, every year, leading to millions of rupees in repair and replacement costs.
For the upcoming rainy season, we’re here to share some useful car care tips that you must follow, to safeguard your vehicle from the potential downpours.
Start with the basics, that is, before the monsoon season kicks in, make sure you get your wiper service done. When the wipers are maintained and serviced properly, they not only help in clearing the rainwater from the windshield effectively but also provide clear visibility while driving. If the wiper blades are worn-out, it is recommended to get them replaced immediately to avoid any road mishap. Besides, it is also essential to make sure that your windshield washer fluid reservoir is full to sweep away the rain and dirt from your windshield. This helps to give a clear and unobstructed view of the road ahead, especially when there is an ongoing heavy downpour.
While rainy conditions can exacerbate brake fade, regular brake service ensures that you can drive safely without fear of an accident or mishap on a slippery road. To ensure that braking is effective, you should regularly top up the brake fluid, as it will provide you with reliable stopping power, allowing you to navigate through wet and slippery roads. So, just as an umbrella protects you from rain, similarly regular maintenance of your car’s brake service will prevent skidding, allowing you to maintain control of your vehicle.
Make sure all your vehicle’s lights are in proper working condition, including fog light, taillight, headlight, turn signals, and hazard flashers. This is important not only for your car but for other vehicle drivers too, so they can spot your car from a distance especially when it's dark.
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Regular maintenance of the air filters and cabin filters is crucial to maintain optimal engine performance. Cleaning these filters before the start of the monsoon season ensures that there are no clogged particles, thereby enhancing proper airflow to the engine. Thorough inspection and cleaning of the filters will help your car to withstand the challenges posed by the rainy season.
Similarly, before the start of the rainy season, checking different kinds of fluid, such as engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid, and coolant is essential to prevent the engine from hydro-locking and overheating. Topping up these fluids will prevent your car from breaking down in the middle of a storm!
Always remember that bald or worn-out tires are susceptible to skidding, leading to potential accidents or hazards on the road. Make sure your tires have sufficient tread depth to maintain traction on wet roads. If not, replace them. Before the onset of monsoon season, keep an eye on the air pressure of your tire. Do not over-inflate as this may result in tire bursting.
The most simple and easiest tip to prepare your car for the rainy season is to carry spares along! Whether they are spare tires, jumper cables, car tow chains, or spare engine oil, these will become your ultimate saviors during harsh weather conditions. Especially, when you are stuck with little or no help!
Last but not the least, make sure your car battery is not weak. If it is, you should consider getting it replaced to avoid getting stuck during the rain.
OkayKer, the leading provider of on-demand vehicle maintenance services, is thrilled to announce that it has successfully raised $700,000 in funding from a group of local and international investors despite challenging economic conditions in the country. This investment helps Okayker reach new heights, enabling the business to increase service capacity, enhance tech capabilities, meet increasing consumer demands, and provide top-notch services to customers..
Founded back in 2021, OkayKer is a tech enabled platform revolutionizing the auto care industry in Pakistan. With an impressive track record of fixing more than 10,000 vehicles and resolving over 25,000 autocare issues through partner workshops and retailers, Okayker is focused on fixing auto care for 32 million vehicle owners across Pakistan.
Recognizing the need for convenience, transparency and reliability in the local auto repair market, OkayKer is redefining the customer experience. Through our seamless digital platform, customers can conveniently place orders and book quality vehicle care services, eliminating the hassle and inefficiencies with traditional autocare.
“A vehicle owner on average wastes 40 productive hours annually on repair and maintenance. People want convenience, transparency, and reliability, especially with regards to their cars which is understandable since it's an expensive asset to own now,” says Anusha Shahid, co-founder of OkayKer. “This is exactly what we at Okayker provide in terms of at-home auto care servicing and what we believe to be our competitive advantage along with our tech to disrupt the auto care industry.”
Faizan Khan from FRIM Ventures who joined Okayker on this journey emphasizes the value of enhanced transparency and control for customers, “The autocare space is highly fragmented with immense information asymmetry. Okayker aims to solve this problem.. While having a disruptive business model, Okayker's financial plan charts a clear path to profitability which is critical for a viable and sustainable business model.“ .
Moreover, with current investment, OkayKer plans to enter new cities by providing at-home services for the customers. This will allow Okayker to acquire new customers and establish a broader customer base, while also gaining access to new markets. Our next phase of growth involves launching car care services in Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, bringing unparalleled convenience directly to the customers’ doorsteps.
“With new cars becoming more and more expensive, OkayKer is solving a major pain point for car owners while bringing transparency and digitization to an archaic auto repair ecosystem,” said Mohammad Sameja from Sabr Capital who has invested in Okayker.
Okayker aims to empower 100,000+ automotive workshops and retailers to streamline their operations, procure spare parts and record transactions.
Nashit Naviwala, founder of OkayKer expressed the importance of revolutionizing the auto care industry. “My family has been involved in the automotive industry for the past 40 years, so I understand the challenges it entails. Majority of the players in this industry still operate on pen and paper. Our goal is to revolutionize the automotive sector by using digital solutions and focusing on educating customers. We want to create a platform where people can easily access reliable information about car parts and services, so they can make informed decisions.”
“We're delighted to be backing OkayKer as our first Pakistan-based startup. We really liked the go-getter attitude of the team and look forward to the journey!” said, Ibrahim Khan, Cofounder Cur8 Capital who have joined Okayker on the mission of fixing autocare and believe in the vision of the team along with Orbit Startups, FRIM Ventures, Sabr Capital and angels from the region.
Amidst the economic crisis and the ongoing prevalent issues faced by customers, who often fall victim to exploitation and financial loss at the hands of mechanics and car dealers, OkayKer has emerged with a mission to revolutionize the auto care sector. Nashit further added, “A customer spends 50% more than they should on vehicle repair and maintenance simply due to lack of reliable information. By promoting transparency and providing mechanics with better knowledge, we hope to establish a culture of professionalism and trust. We plan to build technology for onboard diagnostic devices which will serve as a Fitbit for any vehicle.”
With a strong technological foundation, the possibilities are endless for Okayker. OkayKer envisions partnering with major lubricant brands, launch of the Okayker Emergency Services, and offering of comprehensive motor insurance policies.
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