Oil change or car wash/detailing are usually done at garages or stations and more often than not, the car owners are required to book an appointment and may have to wait for a couple of hours on busy days or are asked to leave the vehicle for half a day or so for the necessary services. Oil change, car wash or detailing needs for vehicle owners who are busy at home, work, school should be met at their convenience.
AMS has developed a model that is fast and an answer to the needs of individual automobile owners and fleet companies by providing oil change, car wash and detailing onsite.
Peter Sosi, owner of Autocare Mobile Services is a retired army officer, with rich and varied experience in automobile engineering, military technology, logistics, security, peacekeeping operations and nonprofit management. He started his career with the Ghana Armed Forces, after earning a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. It was his father, then an Auto Mechanic in Ghana, who inspired him to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. He served as an officer for over 17 years, retiring as a Major.
During his service in the Army, he worked mostly as a maintenance officer in charge of servicing various vehicles, including armored vehicles, trucks, buses and cars. He served with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR-during the genocide), ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia, United Nations Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC). He also held various appointments in the Ghana Armed Forces including Adjutant, Production Officer, and Assistant Director (Electrical Mechanical Engineers Corps).
Peter is well trained and highly talented. He obtained various military training at Ordnance Engineering Institute(China), MOWAG(Switzerland), Electrical Mechanical Engineering School(Baroda, India), Military College Electrical Mechanical Engineering (Secunderabad, India), United Nations Training School Ireland (Ireland), Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College(GAFCSC), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (Ghana) and Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (Canada). He also obtained certificates in Conflict and Crisis Management and Defense Management, both awarded by (GAFCSC)/ University of Cranfield (UK)/University of Bradford (UK).
Peter decided to take a break from the frequent work related travel to settle with his family and bond with his children. This led to his early retirement from the Ghana Armed Forces and his subsequent move to the US. He had the desire to be better equipped to serve humanity and find employment that would match his background. He therefore enrolled at Eastern University (USA) and obtained MS in Nonprofit Management. After graduation, he realized the best option for him was to start his own nonprofit organization. Being a road accident victim while growing up in the 70s, he felt the best way he could make an impact would be as a road safety advocate. He therefore founded the Road and Auto Safety Organization (RASO) in Ghana. Following the establishment of RASO he still needed a steady source of income so he decided to start his own business. He had been considering a number of options but the idea of Autocare Mobile Services was birthed when he went in to get an oil change at his regular shop only to realize that the company had relocated. He tried another place close by and was told he was going to be scheduled to come back later, after an hour or two. He ended up doing it himself within 30 minutes and thought others who find themselves in this situation might also need this kind of service at their doorstep. After deliberations with his wife, his final decision to provide basic maintenance services to automobile users was a natural choice since he could draw on his considerable experience in automotive maintenance and field/onsite repairs in the military.
Autocare Mobile Services was subsequently incorporated in February 2016, to essentially provide services like oil change, car wash and detailing, and other accessory services at the customer’s convenience. Service is provided at the customer’s preferred location and a time convenient to them. This saves them drive time to and from the garage and frees them to do more productive activities, while their car is being worked on. This service is perfect for anyone who relies on their vehicles: fleet owners, busy parents, professionals, business owners, seniors and more.
After an initial consultation with SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) and friends, Widener SBDC (Small Business Development Center) helped Autocare Mobile Services to develop a business plan. Autocare is still in consultation to develop a marketing strategy. Widener SBDC also facilitated the adoption of the Autocare Mobile Services business model by Widener University’s senior capstone business course to help strengthen the business plan and marketing strategy. Widener SBDC also assisted Autocare to obtain a microfinance loan from Entrepreneur Works.
Peter is motivated by the belief that vehicle maintenance affects road safety and it is his vision that Autocare becomes the first option for oil change and a leader in on-site maintenance services for the convenience of fleet and car owners.