ReconPro Starter mobile app 3.5.25

Report the problems that you face during the repair process so that the work cannot be continued until the problems are resolved

New Features

  • Repair Problems Reporting
  • Quick transition from one repair order to another

Improvements

  • Showing a warning message about empty required fields only when saving inspections and work orders
  • Showing a warning message when users complete a service which status cannot be changed to ‘Completed’
  • Multiple enhancements in repair order details

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ReconMonitor Back Office 3.4.8

Add notes to repair order services with the Parts price type and the Labor price type, as well as services included in a bundle

Improvements

  • Add notes to parts, labor, and bundle service items in repair orders

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ReconPro Back Office 2.8.4.0

Search for invoices with the same stock number to avoid duplicate invoices; see bundle service items and change their technician split when editing an invoice

Improvements

  • Invoices duplicates by stock number
  • Change technician split for bundle service items

Fixed Issues

  • The “Not Paid” filter for the billing status of invoices did not work properly.

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ReconMonitor Back Office 3.4.7

Replace multiple services of the same kind with a generic service that you can clarify when adding this service to inspections and work orders, and many other improvements

New Features

  • Generic Services
  • Repair Problem Reporting

Improvements

  • Select a vehicle part when adding money services to repair orders
  • Support for generic services on the Parts Management page
  • Support for generic services in the Repair Order details view
  • “Check In” button for repair order phase
  • ”On Hold” status indicator for repair orders
  • Improved search for repair orders
  • Access to repair orders has been restricted based on user’s role.

Fixed Issues

  • The Repair Orders link was shown twice in the breadcrumb.
  • The Phases filter on the Repair Orders page did not work properly.
  • The layout of the Part Management page was not properly displayed after scaling.

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Watch For These Used Vehicle Trends Through 2019

 > Sales mostly flat

 > New vehicle prices spur more Used vehicle shoppers

 > Increased Used inventory means larger depreciation

Much like the year before, 2019’s new and used vehicle market is moving apace. Sales have been decent enough – with no real jumps in profits. However, analysts still warn of the impact of higher vehicle prices on the auto industry in general, which may mean greater margins for used car dealers.

With many in the industry voicing their concerns, there are a few used vehicle trends you should plan for in 2019.

 

Sales Will Mostly Be Flat

Plenty of organizations are predicting flat sales. Both NADA and other economists expect the new car sales to be lower than 2018’s 17.3 million. Beyond that, according to Automotive News’, David Muller, senior economist at Cox Automotive, Charlie Cox, said:

“We estimate the market to be around 39 million and a half on the used side in total.”

In 2018, used cars saw a slight increase in sales in comparison to the new market. However, this year, they don’t expect the sales to increase by any substantial measure – which would end the 5-year gain the used market had been experiencing.

 

Increased Vehicle Costs Will Turn Customers To The Used Car Market

As manufacturing prices continue to rise, so will new dealership prices, and therefore use vehicle prices. However, the key difference here is that used vehicles will ultimately be the cheapest option for consumers.

The chief economist at Cox Automotive, Jonathan Smoke said: “The fundamentals remain solid; used-vehicle demand is at a peak. Wholesales supply is now post-peak and starting a gradual decline. The used market is the answer to the affordability challenges in the new market.”

 

Lease Maturities Will Peak

In 2019 alone, Automotive News’, David Muller, says more than 300,00 vehicles will come off lease in 2019 in comparison to last year. According to Cox, maturities are expected to peak around 4.1 million units– which comes three years after new light-vehicle sales hit a record of 17.6 million.

Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at ADESA Analytical Services, Tom Kontos said: “So With a high percentage of purchases happening upstream, there were comparatively fewer vehicles working their way downstream into physical auctions.” Which assisted in keeping prices from falling fast.

 

There Will Be Larger Depreciation

Since there will be an increase in supply, there’s an expected increase in the rate of depreciation as well. According to President of Operations at Black Book, Anil Goyal, the rate of depreciation for 2018 was 12.4%. However, he said the rate will go up to 15% in 2019.

 

There Will Be An Increase Of SUVs In The Market

Companies, such as Ford, are going all in with trucks and SUVs. According to Tom Kontos, “Even if supply growth in total is fairly moderate, the growth in crossovers and SUVs is going to be fairly significant.”

 

Bottom line: Used vehicle sales will be close to last year’s peak levels, which is good news. Demand will remain steady, partly fueled by higher new car pricing. SUVs and Crossovers continue to dominate consumer interest, and vehicle inventories should generally match their needs.

ReconPro mobile app 2.18.0 for iOS devices

Specify discounts or fees when adding labor hours and parts to inspections and work orders, search for parts in part services with selected or pre-selected categories and subcategories

New Features

  • Specify discounts and fees for parts and labor services

Improvements

  • Search for parts within selected categories and subcategories
  • Parts & Labor bundle enhancements

Fixed Issues

  • ReconPro for iPad stopped responding when changing a start date on the Order Monitor screen
  • In some cases, services could not be deleted from a work order when editing an invoice.

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8 Common Challenges in Small/Mobile Wheel Repair Operations

Wheel RepairWheel Repair shops can range in size from 1 or 2-person garage-based or mobile services to large multi-site franchise and remanufacturing facilities.  We know this because we have clients across the spectrum. While the very large operators have some unique challenges that we discuss elsewhere, the larger number of businesses offering wheel repair today share common business management issues, and our software offers some great solutions. Below are 8 examples of how AMT’s ReconPro or Repair360 mobile software helps turn your challenges into accomplishments:

Primary Pain Point

AMT Product Feature That Solves It

  • Still on paper
Easy-to-use digital estimates and electronic invoicing (No more handwritten invoices).
  • Documenting which vehicle you are repairing
VIN scanning will scan and decode Year, Make, Model for each vehicle, and carry that information through to estimates, work orders, and invoices.
  • Need to limit liability and “That wasn’t there before”
Organized mobile app documentation can include photos or videos attached to every job to verify vehicle condition.
  • Getting Approvals
Electronic approvals via quick link or signature on your mobile screen.
  • Getting Paid
Electronic PO’s, and/or credit card processing from your device.
  • Getting your invoices into your accounting systems
Accounting integration with QuickBooks and other popular programs. No need to type in the information again.
  • Taking time to crunch the numbers on employee pay
Payroll & Employee Timesheets keep track of everyone and every penny, and can even calculate shared jobs and commission splits. 
  • Getting an invoice copy to your customer, or finding your own copy.
Digital records are always organized. Print, Fax, or Email your invoice from your device or your back office computer.

Successful business owners understand that efficiency is key to maximum growth and maximum profits. AMT software helps you to stay efficient on your administrative tasks so you can spend more time growing the business. You can download our free basic product, Repair360, directly from the Apple App Store (f0r iOS devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices). For more information or a demo of our flagship ReconPro software, click here.

ReconPro Starter mobile app 3.5.2

Use generic services, configure a flexible sequence of repair order phases, monitor work orders, start and complete phases and services easier, and much more

New Features

  • Generic Services
  • Start and stop the clock for phases or services
  • Partial phase enforcement
  • Access repair orders from work order list
  • View and add repair order notes
  • Add notes to services in repair order phases

Improvements

  • Starting and completing phases and services made easier
  • Select a part for conventional repair
  • Showing MOTOR labor time and OEM# based on the part position
  • Generating question answer services as Parts & Labor bundle
  • Showing bundle service items in repair order phases
  • Showing in-progress repair orders by default
  • Distinguishing between repair order phase and services
  • Showing only High and Low priority icons for repair orders
  • Showing currency based on the region settings of devices
  • Showing service request list after creating an inspection or a work order from a service request.

Fixed Issues

  • The Start button was shown for phases that had already been started.
  • The Complete button was shown for phases that had already been completed.
  • Decimals were not visible on the screen if the dollar amount was equal or greater than 10,000.00.
  • Customer mode was misleadingly shown for team inspections, work orders, invoices, and service requests.
  • When creating an inspection from a service request, all inspection types were shown instead of assigned ones.

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Repair360 mobile app 3.5.2

Specify multiple email addresses per customer, see the currency that is used throughout the mobile app depending on the region settings selected on your mobile device, and more

Improvements

  • Multiple email addresses per customer
  • Showing currency based on the region settings of devices
  • Showing service request list after creating an inspection or a work order from a service request.

Fixed Issues

  • Decimals were not visible on the screen if the dollar amount was equal or greater than 10,000.00.

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How Reconditioning Software Reduces Your Time To Market

Recon management whiteboard

Yesterday’s recon management dashboard. Don’t rub it the wrong way!

With each year, more and more dealerships are adapting to the latest and greatest technology. They’re doing this to increase their inventory turn times, but to also anticipate the likelihood of selling outside of those time spans. There are a lot of things to consider as a used car dealership, but one thing for sure is that each day a vehicle is being reconditioned, you’re losing money.

So, let’s approach time to market with an example. Let’s say your turn time is 50 days, but it takes you a total of 9 days to recondition the vehicle from auction to the frontline. With that turn time alone, you’re already reducing the vehicle’s chance of getting sold by 18%. Beyond that, if you wait too long, you may have to send it back into auction or reduce the price significantly to make any profit from it. The longer you have a vehicle in inventory that isn’t driveable by a potential customer, the less likely it’ll get sold.

Because of an inefficient recon operation, problems with morale can develop between your different departments. The business relies on the sales force selling vehicles as soon as possible, but if the technicians in the service department are taking too long, there will inevitably be some friction. At the end of the day, time to market relies the most on the reconditioning process pushing out vehicles as fast as possible for the sales team.

If you create a standardized process for your back-office, service department, vendors, and front-end sales, your time to market will drastically reduce. One of the biggest bottlenecks for used car operations and the reconditioning process is communication. Reconditioning management software can bridge the gap between all of the departments– making it easier for information to be accessed, knowing who’s accountable for delays, and getting approvals as fast as possible. It can even reduce friction between departments, by enabling your Fixed Ops department to set Sales department expectations with reliable delivery times for each vehicle.

To make sure all of your vehicles are frontline-ready as soon as possible, reconditioning software is an absolute must in this market. It enforces a much more organized approach when it comes to back-office information, vehicle reconditioning, sales, and customer satisfaction, and all the relevant information is available at the touch of a button on your computer or mobile device.

AutoMobile Technologies Can Help

AMT offers software solutions designed to make your reconditioning business more efficient, provide you with better visibility, and give you peace of mind knowing that your back-office is always up-to-date and your reconditioned vehicles are delivered at speed.

ReconMonitor is a state of the art workflow automation software for dealerships, auctions, and auto remarketing companies. ReconMonitor dealership software decreases reconditioning cycle time and increases your control and profitability.

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