I started driving at the age of fifteen and I thought the freedom was awesome. As the years passed, what I didn’t think was awesome was taking my car to the mechanic, spending money on car insurance and filling up the gas tank. As far as my earliest days of driving,this task was such a chore that I would wait until the needle was almost pointing to “E” to make a stop at the gas station. I would practice my serenity prayer and my gratitude mindset but it was to no avail, pumping gas into my car was a major pain in the rear end.
Discovering The Ninjas
I was reading an article by Jessica Lipscomb in the Miami New Times for Miami Mobile Services. That’s right, people that love convenient services because they’d rather spend their time enjoying life than being bothered with small tasks that everyone secretly hates. The glorious article revealed one itty-bitty paragraph that charged my curiosity.
The mention was about a gas delivery service in Miami. The virtual heavens opened and it was my night in shining armor… or rather my ninja. The promise was to deliver fuel to my car in the middle of the night with a confirmation text and a charge to my debit card.
Who are the GasNinjas ?
Barret Hammond & Brandon Timinsky must have felt the vibes of disgruntled Miami drivers and founded GasNinjas in September of 2015 and launched January of 2016. When I asked the founders who their ideal customers was, they responded with an honest and accurate response of “Time sensitive consumers who want to save the time and stress associated with going to the gas station.”
There’s stress with going to the gas station? Isn’t that a little far fetched? Picture this, you’re running around Miami, driving your car to and fro when you’re car suddenly stops because it ran out of gas. Not only are you in a bad predicament but now you have to shamefully explain to someone else, why you’re stuck in the middle of the Palmetto Expressway with cars blaring their horns all around. Stressful? You had better believe it.
“The first gas station opened in 1905 and hasn’t changed in over 100 years. We wanted to disrupt this age old industry. We live in an on-demand world where everyone wants to save the time and hassle associated with mundane chores. You can have your dinner, groceries, and dry cleaning delivered, so why not your gas too. In short, we started this company to make people’s lives a little easier. ” according to owner,Brett Hammond.
A Start Up with Potential
Miami has become one the nation’s top hubs for startups. There’s a hunger for entrepreneurs in the United States and many are flocking from major cities like Chicago and states like California to jump aboard. However, GasNinjas is a start up Miami should really be proud of. Transportation is huge in Miami and GasNinjas has had the foresight to make the most of a city that is dependent on their cars. When I asked if there were any other cities that GasNinjas had their sites on, they responded with an enthusiastic hope to expand to other cities quickly especially on the East Coast of the United States.
How to Use It
This is an app. So there’s not a number to call or visit a physical location. I mention this only because it has actually come up in conversation. The app is extremely user friendly with a simple and elegant look. I downloaded it minutes after discovering this gas pumping treasure and although I was hesitant at first, my fears were put at ease when I discovered my full gas tank on my way to work the next morning and a receipt in my email inbox.
What you need
a smart phone
A credit card
make,model and color of car
address where your car is parked
car tag number