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Online auto classifieds service and vehicle accessories store Vicky.in has introduced a DIY tool for car and bike maintenance/troubleshooting. Vicky.in claims that this car and bike tool is useful for users looking to replace spare parts in their vehicles. It is meant to be a guide for buying parts and accessories like tyres, headlights, fog lamps, synthetic/mineral engine oils, batteries etc.

What the tool does:
The DIY tool was introduced to serve as an information booklet for car and bike spare parts, reducing the need for a customer to take their vehicles to the respective showrooms for parts replacement. The tool will also act as an identification point for compatible specifications, spare part upgrades before buying them to save buyers last-minute cost surprises.

On testing the tool for popular makes of bike and car spare parts and accessories, we found that the tool is not yet fully functional. It did not return any information for well known makes of bikes and cars such as the Honda Activa, Bajaj Discover and Skoda Laura. Although the idea of this tool is handy, the implementation remains to be seen. Vicky.in had launched an online tool for vehicle owners to determine the value of used bikes, in June last year.

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Founded by brothers Karthick and Vignesh Annamalai, the Tirunelveli based Vicky.in lets users buy branded car seat covers, scale models, GPS systems, stickers, helmets, riding gear, sun control films and car care products among a host of other accessories, besides providing information regarding cars in the Indian market. It also partners with coupon providers like Couponcodesindia, SmartClues, 27coupons.com and desidime.com among others.

Competition: Vicky.in’s competitors include CarTrade, which recently raised an undisclosed investment from former founding chief executive of Auto Trader Chip Perry, CarDekho, which raised an undisclosed amount from Ratan Tata earlier this month and $50 million from Hillhouse Capital, Tybourne Capital and Sequoia Capital in January, and mobile peer-to-peer marketplace for buying & selling used cars Zoomo among others.