ReconPro Starter mobile app 3.4.1

Use bundle services that allow including multiple services into a single service, and multiple pricing that automatically overrides service price depending on a particular service package or customer.

New Features

  • Bundle Services
  • Multiple Pricing
  • Select multiple vehicle parts per service
  • Assigning work order services to a default technician

Improvements

  • Showing service details when tapping a service with zero dollar amount

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Repair360 mobile app 3.4.1

Select multiple vehicle parts for a single service, and this service will be automatically added to an inspection or a work order as many times as many vehicle parts you have selected.

New Features

  • Select multiple vehicle parts per service

Improvements

  • Showing service details when tapping a service with zero dollar amount

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ReconMonitor Back Office 3.4.0

Use new Recon Monitor to manage repair orders and parts added to repair orders in a more efficient and effective manner.

New Features

  • New Recon Monitor
  • Parts Management

Improvements

  • Edit repair order Stock#, RO#, and PO#
  • Complete repair order phases
  • Change technician assigned to repair order phase
  • Add notes to repair order parts
  • Showing parts separately from other repair order services
  • Showing customer’s repair orders per department or phase
  • Showing repair order flag in detail view

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ReconPro Back Office Update (October 30, 2018)

Track repair orders and manage parts added to repair orders in the New Recon Monitor that is now available in the new Back Office application.

New Features

  • New Recon Monitor
  • Parts Management

Improvements

  • Filter the Work Orders Production report by team and area
  • Enhancements in the Emailed Invoices / Not Opened report
  • Client’s area is now used instead of team’s area in the Client Revenues report.

Fixed Issues

  • Completed repair orders were not closed automatically and were shown in the Completed phase on the Phases tab in the Repair Orders by Department report.

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Press Release: EchoPark Automotive

EchoPark Automotive Selects AutoMobile Technologies Software to Manage Its Massive Reconditioning Operations

ReconMonitor’s workflow and process management helps maintain efficiencies for high-volume reconditioning

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AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in auto reconditioning software, has been engaged to provide workflow automation software to EchoPark Automotive, pioneers in the evolution of used car buying. AMT’s ReconPro and ReconMonitor software has been implemented in EchoPark’s reconditioning facilities including Dallas, Denver, and Charlotte, to improve visibility and efficiency in bringing cars through their extensive and meticulous process.

“AMT software provides EchoPark Automotive a scalable tool with a common language platform,” said Tim Keen, Executive Vice President of Operations. “It increases our efficiency, saves costs and cycle times so we can deliver consistent high-quality vehicles to our customers.”

AMT’s ReconMonitor provides end-to-end visibility of the vehicle reconditioning process from acquisition through all steps of the recon process, and helps identify process or vendor inefficiencies that increase cycle time. The software includes both mobile and back-office modules to ensure everyone in the reconditioning cycle is informed about where and when work is required. This keeps cars moving at optimal speed and results in fewer days to frontline status.

The adoption of ReconMonitor will allow EchoPark better command and control of the recon process with full visibility as each vehicle progresses toward frontline readiness, enabling them to measure and reduce cycle time for optimal results.

Other notable dealer benefits of ReconMonitor include:

  • Mechanical and Cosmetic Inspections – Multiple inspections per vehicle, including EchoPark’s signature 190-point Inspection and Vehicle Condition Reports.
  • Parts and Labor Hours Management – The system provides access to OEM part numbers, mechanical labor hours, and a parts ordering feature will soon be added.
  • Vendor Management and Payment – The system manages all employee and vendor workloads, and administers hours and pay for each repair.
  • Real-time Reporting – EchoPark knows the status and stage of every vehicle in process, and can quickly identify bottlenecks.

“EchoPark has one of the most robust reconditioning operations we’ve ever seen, providing great value to customers across their inventory of nearly-new vehicles. We are proud to enhance that value with ReconMonitor’s efficient workflow management capabilities in vehicle recon,” said Eric Meahan, EVP of Operations for AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. He added, “Dealers lose an average of $35-50 per day that cars spend undergoing reconditioning. Our partnership will allow EchoPark to reduce costly delays and make better vehicle recon decisions early in the cycle. That results in better inventory availability for their customers and ultimately, increased margins on vehicles sold.”

AutoMobile Technologies provides software applications to solve workflow and back-office problems for dealers and reconditioning operations across North America.

For more information, please visit: https://amt.company/dealership-software-and-operations.

About AutoMobile Technologies

Since 2006, AMT has been building software applications to help companies in the automotive industry replace paperwork, enforce processes, and gain instant visibility to business operations, regardless of team size and geographic distribution. Our mission is to distribute easy to use, affordable solutions to help dealerships, PDR and SMART Repair technicians, detailers, and reconditioning companies improve customer service, make more money, and eliminate back-office inefficiencies.

About EchoPark Automotive

Launched in the fall of 2014, EchoPark Automotive has been well-received for a revolutionary used car customer experience in Denver, Colorado, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina. Each retail space mirrors a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere with an open concept space and functional zones tailored to specific activities. Interactive research areas, comfortable lounge spaces and personalized vehicle delivery empower guests of EchoPark to shop the way they want and at their desired pace. The full sensory environment ties the brand’s digital and physical assets into a seamless, flexible and compelling shopping experience. Even the internal mechanic shop is fully visible to guests showcasing the care that is taken to recondition vehicles. In short, EchoPark Automotive is about building long-term relationships with our guests and the community.

Please visit EchoPark.com to learn more.

Media Contacts:

Marti Eulberg
EchoPark Automotive
980-875-0964
marti.eulberg@sonicautomotive.com

Ted Gaines
AutoMobile Technologies, Inc.
949-614-0799 x708
gaines@automobiletechnologies.com

Print From Anywhere with Your Apple or Android Mobile Device

  • Wireless printing is widely available
  • Print directly from a mobile device even without an internet connection
  • Works on most wi-fi enabled printers

Back in 2012, Apple added a software update known as AirPrint for their MacOS and iOS devices. The update made it so Apple products could print wirelessly through Wi-Fi with compatible printers. However, when it was first released, the number of printers were few and far between.

In the six years since its release, AirPrint has come a long way through quality-of-life updates and the addition of compatible printers. While it was originally only capable of working with a few specific HPs, it now operates within a large library of printers from brands such as HP, Canon, Brother, Dell, Samsung and more– resulting in over 1,100 compatible printers as of 2014.

It’s safe to say a great deal has changed in that time. For Apple users, AirPrint has become a staple for everyday life. With AirPrint, you can use your iPhone, iPad, and Macbook to easily print any documents you may need on the fly.

The technology behind AirPrint is reliant on Apple Bonjour. According to Tech Target’s, Margaret Rouse, Apple Bonjour is a group of networking technologies designed to help devices and applications discover each other on the same network. Bonjour is typically found on MacOS and iOS devices such as iPhone and Macbook; however, if a user downloads Apple software, like Safari or iTunes, they can have it on their Windows machines.

Android device users shouldn’t feel left out. Wireless mobile printing apps offered by many printer and mobile device manufacturers will allow most phones and tablets to print via wi-fi. HP’s multifunction printers can even allow documents to be emailed directly to the printer. Google and Samsung both have wireless print solutions for Android phones, so there’s no need to use the Apple solution if you don’t wish to.

Since the introduction of AirPrint, many third-party applications have begun to take advantage of the feature and technology as well. While companies such as HP, have created applications that let users print from their mobile devices, there are also companies in the reconditioning business that let you print wirelessly.

With companies like AMT taking advantage of the technology behind wireless printing, reconditioning businesses’ lives have gotten a lot easier. While AirPrint became the benchmark for wireless printing, AMT’s native applications like ReconPro and Repair360 provide a way for you to print anything from orders to estimates, invoices, and more– in-app, and at the click of a button.

Management software that lets you print wirelessly from your computer or mobile device minimizes the amount of time you spend on the little stuff when running your business. It’s excellent for printing invoices and receipts, managing technicians and vendors, tracking vehicle processes, and alerting you to bottlenecks and problem areas on both your desktop and mobile devices– all while being able to print and manage information in-app, even without an internet connection. That’s right, no need to rely on Internet or mobile data connections. As long as the printer is wi-fi enabled, your device can connect and print whatever you need,

Press Release: Elite Rim Repair

Elite Rim Repair Deploys AMT’s ReconPro Software to Manage Its Massive Wheel Repair and Reman Operations

ReconPro’s workflow and process management helps maintain efficiencies for high-volume wheel repair operations

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AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in auto reconditioning software, has been engaged to provide workflow automation software to Elite Rim Repair, the largest volume wheel repair and remanufacturing facility in the world. AMT’s ReconPro software has been implemented in Elite’s Plainview, NY, facility to improve mobile and back-office billing, inventory control, scheduling, and efficiency in bringing wheels through their extensive and meticulous processes.

“With the volume of wheels we process, we knew we wanted a system that could track all the moving parts of the operation,” said Herman Mansbart, VP Northeast Operations at Elite Rim Repair. “The team at AMT stepped up to provide a software solution that lets us know where each wheel is in the process, manages service requests and scheduling, enforces quality control, and ensures the right wheels get back to the right client and vehicle. Our first day with the new software didn’t cause a huge reduction in our daily volume, despite the unfamiliar process. Once everyone gets used to the new process, I know we’ll be able to grow both in quantity and quality.”

AMT’s ReconPro provides comprehensive management of the reconditioning process and includes both mobile and back-office modules to ensure everyone in the cycle is informed about where and when work is required. This keeps work moving at optimal speed and results in faster turn-around with fewer errors and full visibility of the work-in-hand.

The adoption of ReconPro will allow Elite Rim Repair better command and control of the recon process with full visibility as each wheel progresses through the process, enabling them to measure and optimize results.

Other notable benefits of ReconPro include:

  • Multiple access roles – Team and area management functions allow or restrict access rights to view or modify information.
  • Customizable pricing – customer discounts can be set and managed by the appropriate role.
  • Parts and Labor Hours Management – The system provides access to OEM part numbers, mechanical labor hours, and parts ordering feature will soon be added.
  • Billing Management and Payment – The system manages all billing, both in the field via mobile devices, and in the back-office, and administers hours and pay for each job, including commissions and splits.
  • Real-time Reporting – Elite will know the status and stage of every wheel in-process, and can quickly identify bottlenecks.

“Elite has one of the most robust reconditioning operations we’ve ever seen. With this kind of volume, making sure workflows are efficient is crucial. We are proud to provide the software solution that enhances that efficiency.” said Jerome Hall, Chief Product Officer for AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. He added, “Wheel remanufacturing has some unique challenges, and we have been able to create a custom solution to address them. The team at Elite, and their sister company, Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, are terrific partners and have been incredibly helpful throughout this deployment. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

AutoMobile Technologies provides software applications to solve workflow and back-office problems for auto dealerships and reconditioning operations across North America.

For more information, please visit https://amt.company.

About AutoMobile Technologies

Since 2006, AMT has been building software applications to help companies in the automotive industry replace paperwork, enforce processes, and gain instant visibility to business operations, regardless of team size and geographic distribution. Our mission is to distribute easy to use, affordable solutions to help dealerships, PDR and SMART Repair technicians, detailers, and reconditioning companies improve customer service, make more money, and eliminate back-office inefficiencies.

About Elite Rim Repair

Elite Rim Repair offers top quality wheel repair and refinishing with a next day turnaround with in-house wheel refinishing, painting, powder coating, PVD Chrome, and Black Chrome, and Polishing. Elite currently refinishes hundreds of wheels per day with all going through a 7-point repair and inspection process so you can be assured your wheel will be reconditioned to like-new specifications. Elite has all of the top of the line, cutting-edge equipment which allows us to provide the services quickly and efficiently with exceptional quality.

Media Contacts:

Elite Rim Repair

info@eliterimrepair.com

Ted Gaines

AutoMobile Technologies, Inc.

gaines@automobiletechnologies.com

Repair360 mobile app 3.4.0

Get approval for multiple vehicles estimated at customer’s site during the initial walk by sending an email with approval link to your customer.

New Features

  • Lot Walk Inspection Approval

Improvements

  • Some issues have been fixed and minor improvements have been made.

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ReconPro Starter mobile app 3.4.0

Avoid creating more than one work order for the same car and the same services unless there is approval from your manager.

Improvements

  • Prevent creation of work orders with the same VIN
  • Prevent creation of work orders with duplicate services
  • Cancel checking duplicate VIN for word orders
  • Improvements on the Technicians screen

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How Sloppy Timekeeping Can Lead to Lawyers

We like an article posted recently on smartauto.repair that discussed some of the hidden pitfalls of poor recordkeeping for businesses.

You could be blindsided by current or former employees, and if you don’t have all your records in shape, it could be very costly. Read the article here.