Damian Sia founded Motorist after he tried selling his car on his own. As a first-time seller, he encountered many unreasonable offers from unethical buyers who wanted to take advantage of his inexperience. He was also unsure of the sales and vehicle transfer process, as there were several documents to submit.
After this experience, Damian decided that he wanted to help fellow drivers who were also new to vehicle transactions. He eventually came up with the idea of a reliable third-party platform where car owners could connect with certified and genuine buyers. Car owners can also seek advice and find professional help for any doubts they might have.
Thus, Motorist was born. To date, Motorist has assisted over 358,000 drivers and completed $469,000,000 in vehicle transactions securely and successfully. The company has also grown from a one-person team to a bustling company with over 50 employees. In 2018, Motorist decided to set its sights on expanding into the APAC market, starting with Malaysia. The company will also be taking its operations beyond vehicle transactions and focusing on the complete needs of drivers.
Motorist is currently Singapore’s most trusted automotive platform with 4.9/5 stars on both Facebook and Google Review. The company also transacts the most number of cars in Singapore, handling an average of 400 cases each month.
In January 2019, the company successfully raised its first round of seed funding from JobsCentral’s co-founders Der Shing Lim and Shao-Ning Huang, and Zopim’s co-founder Royston Tay. The funds will be used to expand the company’s operations in Thailand. Motorist currently has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
There are over 80,000 users on the Motorist App at the moment.
What is the Motorist App?
The Motorist App is a smart vehicle management platform that’s designed to simplify vehicle ownership.
Through the Motorist App, users will be able to manage and receive timely reminders for road tax, traffic offences, vehicle inspections, COE expiry, vehicle recalls and more.
Users can even transact their car through the app, view their latest vehicle details from LTA, get 24-hour valet and roadside assistance, appeal for witnesses in accidents, and avoid jams and fuel-checks at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoint.
In 2020, Motorist successfully collaborated with the Singapore Traffic Police to develop Co-Driver.
Available exclusively on the Motorist App, Co-Driver is an audio integration feature that’s made to encourage safer driving among Singaporeans by discouraging reckless driving acts such as speeding.
Drivers will be able to receive real-time audio alerts on the locations of the different types of traffic cameras planted across Singapore with data contributed by the Traffic Police.
Co-Driver is the only app in Singapore that provides you with alerts for Police Speed Laser Camera (PSLC), in addition to speed and red light cameras.
Besides traffic cameras, Co-Driver will also notify you when bus-lane hours are in operation.
Vision: To be the go-to platform for all vehicle-related matters.
Mission: Simplify vehicle ownership for the masses by creating an ecosystem of smart automotive tools and services that allow car owners to manage their vehicles better.
What Motorist Offers
- The Motorist App
- Buying/Selling of Used Cars
- Car Loan & Paperwork Support
- Car Rental
- Car Valuation
- COE Renewal for Cars & Motorcycles
- Insurance Renewal for Cars & Motorcycles
- Scrap/Export of Used Cars
Awards and Recognition
Spirit of Enterprise (SOE) Award 2018
Singapore SME 500 Award 2020 – 2021