LOS ANGELES –
During a year that’s already included an acquisition, an office opening and an investment from a venture capital provider, Spiffy’s active 2020 continued Tuesday with a partnership announcement with HONK Technologies, a platform connecting drivers, towing professionals, and insurers, has partnered with,
The provider of on-demand car care, technology and vehicle disinfection services and products explained this new agreement helps insurance providers protect policyholders by ensuring HONK’s service provider network has consistent access to EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfection solutions to sanitize their tow trucks on a regular basis with 99.999% effectiveness without causing harm to people or vehicles.
The companies acknowledged COVID-19 created a run on disinfectant products, making them difficult to find, and many have harsh chemicals that discolor dashboards and seats in tow trucks. The partnership provides HONK’s service provider network of more than 75,000 vehicles with direct e-commerce access and exclusive discounts at Spiffy’s Disinfection Store.
“Spiffy is excited to partner with HONK to disinfect and protect tow vehicles,” Spiffy chief executive officer Scot Wingo said in a news release. “Our solutions help keep drivers safe while ensuring that policyholders are protected during roadside claims, setting HONK and its customers apart.”
In that news release, Tyler Mortvedt of Central Iowa Towing and Recovery described what this development means for his operation.
“We have always maintained a clean fleet of tow trucks but now during the pandemic, it requires an entirely different standard,” Mortvedt said. “Having consistent access to safe, American-made, hospital-grade disinfectant gives us comfort and security, knowing we’re keeping our tow operators and customers protected.”
HONK executive vice president of partnerships Rochelle Thielen elaborated about why the company made this connection with Spiffy.
“As a result of the current pandemic, our insurance carrier clients are continually asking us about standards for vehicle cleanliness,” Thielen said. “We’re proud to respond with this vital partnership, making HONK the first in the roadside industry to enable continuous access to the highest quality professional chemicals that destroy COVID-19 and other pathogens to both our service providers and our insurance clients, for use across all parts of their businesses.”
Tuesday’s partnership announcement continued a string of developments for Spiffy, one of this year’s Emerging 8 honorees set to be a part of the Automotive Intelligence Summit on tap for Aug. 17-19 in Raleigh, N.C.
Then in March, Spiffy landed a strategic investment from the venture capital arm of Shell. And last month, Spiffy acquired Carmacy, which provides preventive fleet services such as oil changes, tire rotations and repair.