New Wrench Inc. has selected TV host and actor Chris Jacobs of the MotorTrend Network as the spokesman for Wrench, its mobile car service. Jacobs is known for hosting the automotive makeover show Overhaulin.’
Venture capital investments have allowed the company to expand into 20 markets nationwide. Customers schedule services for their cars or small trucks online or via the Wrench app. Work is done at a customer’s home or office by a Wrench mechanic, the majority of which are full-time company employees.
Wrench CEO Edward Petersen said the company chose Jacobs for his credibility as a car enthusiast as well as his personality, as showcased on various TV programs, including Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and, recently, Discovery Channel‘s Chopper Live, Gold Rush Live and Skywire Live.
Petersen and four other co-founders with tech company venture experience in Seattle started Wrench in 2016 with input from ASE-certified master mechanics and shop managers. The company is backed by the Madrona Venture Group, Tenaya Capital, Vulcan Capital and the Alumni Venture Group, and has raised over $18 million in funding to date.
Wrench recently expanded into the following cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Other service areas include Seattle; Portland, OR; San Diego; Sacramento; Los Angeles; Oakland, CA; Inland Empire, CA; Orange County, CA; Phoenix; Chicago; Las Vegas; San Antonio; Austin, TX; Dallas; and Houston.