ReconPro mobile app 2.16.2 for iOS devices

Scan VIN or Stock # of a vehicle, find actions available for this vehicle, and then take these actions right away, skipping all the unnecessary steps.

New Features

  • Quick Actions

Improvements

  • Turn on or turn off downloading images for service requests
  • Time format in labor price matrix has been truncated to one decimal place

Fixed Issues

  • The application stopped responding after tapping Invoices on the Home screen if there were too many invoices on the My Invoices screen.

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ReconPro Back Office Update (July 24, 2018)

Assign vehicle parts to services in service requests to specify which vehicle parts should be serviced, configure integration with Frazer dealership management software.

New Features

  • Assign vehicle parts to services in service requests
  • Frazer Integration

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Used Car Reconditioning – A Dealership’s Supply Chain

There is a magical number floating around most dealerships, and that number is 3. Three days to get a car frontline ready. The problem with this arbitrary number is most dealerships either don’t know what their days to the frontline are or how to fix the process to get it where it needs to be. There are consulting companies that promise to help you fix your used car recon process for the lower rate of $150 per hour, and there are software companies promising the moon.  There isn’t anything wrong with buying a software package or paying for a consultant, but don’t be surprised if you still have the same issue as before, but with less money in your pocket. The problem is how the process is viewed and the methods employed to improve it.

Used car reconditioning isn’t a unique process that only happens in the dealer world, where outside examples of process improvement don’t apply. The process of buying a car from an auction, delivering it to your location, assembling a team of people and vendors to prepare the vehicle for sale is a supply chain problem. Cambridge Dictionary defines supply chain as, “the system of people and things that are involved in getting a product from the place where it is made to the person who buys it.” The dealerships and vendors are the systems of people that repair a vehicle and get it ready for the person who buys the vehicle. It is important to view this as a supply chain process so we can start applying supply chain management principles to help address some of the issues. That also includes applying lean supply chain and Six Sigma principles. We no longer have to make things up or try and tweak the process until we get some perfect combination.

I will be writing a series of articles over the following months that discuss this topic. We will dive into some common pitfalls most dealers face with their reconditioning process, and how supply chain management and methodologies can be applied to address them. Many of these topics may not apply if your dealership is only reconditioning 30-40 vehicles per month, but there will still be some good information that can apply to any operation.

ReconPro mobile app 3.3.5 for Android devices

Set up question forms with various types of questions in Back Office, and then answer these questions on the Questions screen while creating or editing inspections in mobile app.

New Features

  • Question forms for inspections
  • Set a default customer

Improvements

  • Highlighting services added to inspection or work order
  • Improvement in the navigation menu of inspection wizard
  • Parts catalog titles have been shortened to fit the screen

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Repair360 mobile app 3.3.5

Set one of your customers as default to avoid selecting the same customer again and again while creating multiple inspections or work orders for one customer.

New Feature

  • Set a default customer

Improvements

  • Highlighting services added to inspection or work order
  • Parts catalog titles have been shortened to fit the screen

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ReconPro mobile app 2.16.1 for iOS devices

Request creation of your own invoice list layouts that define which invoice details are displayed on the My Invoices screen and the Team Invoices screen.

New Feature

  • Use custom layout for invoice list

Fixed Issue

  • In ReconPro HD version, work order location could not be selected until you tap any other field on the Vehicle screen

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InspectionNotes for Catastrophic Damage Inspections

With hurricane season upon us, are you ready for the vehicle appraisals and condition reporting the bad weather may bring? Even though some experts are predicting a less active Atlantic hurricane season this year, it only takes one storm to claim lives and property. AutoMobile Technologies’ InspectionNotes mobile inspection software includes CAT scope sheets in electronic format, and we can send them to the carriers in CCC One or Audatex format automatically, saving everyone time and money. The software allows you to take and attach photos while you are filling out the scope sheet on your mobile device, so there’s no need for an additional camera.

With a Mobile Phone or Tablet, scan and decode the VIN, perform damage inspections and create condition reports digitally and error-free. After inspection, all information collected, including photos and notes, are wirelessly transmitted to your back office for instant viewing and tracking anywhere. InspectionNotes will integrate through API with any software management system, so sending reports to carriers with complete documentation is a breeze.

Do you have unique paper forms for your particular specialty? InspectionNotes will digitally recreate any form in digital format. The InspectionNotes app relieves your reliance on paper forms, and speeds up your entire inspections process with digital integration, helping you to be prepared for any inspection job.

ReconPro Back Office Update (July 10, 2018)

Turn on the display of percentage services for invoice printouts with the Show List/Net setting; show tax amount as grouped total on invoice printouts with the Grouped Totals setting.

Improvements

  • Showing percentage services on list/net invoice printouts
  • Showing tax amount on invoice printouts with grouped totals
  • Subtotal amount is now calculated for list/net invoice printouts
  • Users with the Area Administrator role can now export invoices to CSV, view and download exported invoices

See the details of the improvements here.

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ReconPro mobile app 2.16.0 for iOS devices

Get an instant warning when you select an answer with assigned services which are not completely specified, and access these services directly from the Questions screen.

Improvements

  • Highlighting questions which answer services are not completely specified
  • Auto-selecting a panel for labor time services added to price matrix panel
  • Time format in labor services has been truncated to one decimal place

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Repair360 mobile app 3.3.4

Filter inspections, work orders, and invoices by date, status, type, customer, technician, and insurance company; change customer in existing work orders; and more:

New Features

  • Common filters for inspections
  • Common filters for work orders
  • Common filters for invoices
  • Change work order customer
  • Edit work orders in draft invoices
  • Select multiple parts for R&I labor service panel

See the details of each new feature here.

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