Sagar Paliwal educated himself by doing B. Eng (Hons) in Mechatronic Engineering from Lancaster University. Later, he went on to pursue Master’s Degree in E- Business and Innovation. After completing his formal education, he joined Pal Overseas as Managing Director.
Realizing the absence of a single platform in India that can help vehicle owners to solve their problems related to automobiles, he conceptualized AutoKartz.com, which provides vehicle repair and maintenance services in 150+ cities through service partners.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
AutoKartz.com caters to all verticals of automotive ownership. We are an e-commerce platform for genuine spare parts and accessories for automobiles. We also provide vehicle repair and maintenance services in 150+ cities through our service partners. We also provide used auto sales and auto insurance services; all on the same platform; www.autokartz.com
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
There is no single platform in India which can help vehicle owners solve their problems, anything from diagnosing the weird noise from the engine to sourcing genuine spares for your ride. We at AutoKartz.com cater to all verticals of automotive ownership and intend to be the only platform you would ever need to solve all your vehicle-related needs.
What is your life mantra?
Work in silence, let your car make the noise !!
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
We are in a highly unorganized sector filled with duplicates. Moreover, most owners lack the correct education to diagnose their car troubles. So sourcing correct products and educating our customers is a big challenge. Plus, in recent years due to overspending by other e-com giants, customer expectations have crossed the ceiling. Trying to meet those demands when you are bootstrapped are very difficult.
How did you overcome those challenges?
By striving hard and proving everyone wrong !
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
AutoKartz is completely bootstrapped till date. All funds received are from me and my family
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
The person needs to be honest in all his/ her dealings (be it with customers. partners, employees or even self)
The person needs to have undying passion for their venture with a never give up attitude
The person should always be willing to learn and explore new opportunities / experiment.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
I use a variety of tools, most from google which I believe anyone in case would use. Besides google apps, I do use Quora, Yourstory, Fb and IinkedIn apps a lot
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I wake up around 5:30 am and keep all lengthy mails / any research work for mornings. I believe that by finishing all difficult tasks first, it helps me plan and execute the remainder of my day better.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
I am an introvert, I would like to be a bit more social
Answer in less than 50 words
Keep trying and learn from others
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Don’t mix family with business
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Friends make worse employees
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Start AutoKarz operations in all verticals pan India. Make AutoKartz an Automotive Unicorn. Start international operations with AutoKartz.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I started working when I was 16. At that time I was just getting to grips with family business. If I could get a redo, I would start even younger.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Office – when fed-up from Home, Home when tired from Office. Love visiting the UK during spring, Dubai in winters.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“It is a positive attitude towards life that makes dreams come true.”