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The Best Hail-Tracking Software For Your PDR Business

We’re a couple of months in hail season with several more to go. But how can you track the hail before it hits, so you’re ahead of the game? Surely, any weather app can provide you with enough comprehensive data to track hailstorms. But what if there was a way for an app to offer you instant storm reports, provide storm history on a location, and much more? The following are among the best hail-tracking software for your PDR business.

 

Hailstrike

An exclusive feature of Hailstrike is it lets you choose up to 2 states to get instant hail, wind, and tornado alerts from the best data available. An example of where this data would be coming from is NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Another incredible feature of Hailstrike is coming with a Historical Storm Search feature, where you can find every storm that hit a location since 2011. This in-depth analysis will help hail chasers determine if an area would be a good location for business.

Price: The Premium package is $189 a month, while the Ultimate package is $249 a month.

 

Interactive Hail Maps

Similar to Hailstrike, the Interactive Hail Maps software provides you unlimited access to over 5 years of hail history. You can also have unlimited hail impact reports and connect the software to as many devices as you’d like. The Impact Explorer (part of the software) allows you to view the hail affected areas and provides on-the-ground data via NOAA. That way, you know exactly where to go instead of relying on a radar giving you the data.

Price: One state is $749 annually, Three States is $1099, and Nationwide is $1499.  

 

Hailtrace

One of the most significant features of Hailtrace is Client Management Tools. The software will help you manage your PDR clients and provide the necessary tools to know when hail will hit a location. Hailtrace is all about helping you in any way that they can, which is why they’re available with 24/7 “out-of-the-box support.” You can also manage your employees by assigning them different tasks and remind them through the iOS app. They have over 5,000 active users and growing each day.

Price: Call for price inquiry 1-(855)-334-HAIL

 

Map Forensics

Quite possibly the biggest seller for Map Forensics is its SAMS integrated software. SAMS is short for Storm Activity Monitoring System. It is a customer-focused system that helps you identify customers based on their exact location needing your services. SAMS can also provide the history of hail for a specific location in a matter of seconds. Map Forensics also gives 24/7 monitoring of over 2,500 locations with more available, if desired, and you received unlimited hail swaths for one state.

Price: $999 annually for one state. Additional states are available.

 

As we are approaching the halfway mark for hail season, we encourage you to ask around to other pros and see what their favorite storm tracking software is and why. They can offer their first-hand experience using the different apps and you may see that what they enjoyed wouldn’t necessarily work for your business.

Do keep in mind as you’re selecting the best hail tracking software, you’ll want to see what the geographical needs of your techs are as some of these apps offer limited locations. Of course, we hope you’ll be using ReconPro™ to manage your PDR business, regardless of how you chase hail this season. Time is money and we are ready to help you with your mobile business, every step of the way.

 

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Best Software For PDR Commissions

Running PDR business, you understand how much time it can take to track and calculate commissions. Your back-office has to put in a lot of time and effort to record complete and accurate data. Beyond that, if you’re running your back office manually, you’re probably still using paper documents, dry-erase boards, spreadsheets, and maybe even sticky notes to record information. It demands a lot of time and attention and can even take away from focusing on growing your business.

Management software has become a standard in the auto industry to record information and improve workflow. And the best software for managing commissions?

ReconPro

ReconPro is one of the best management software solutions for PDR businesses. You can create invoices, estimates, approvals, and even track vehicles statuses at the click of a button. The software can also automatically calculate and track commissions from simple splits to complex multi-tiered and team commissions. ReconPro is feature-rich, including access to a number of hail and insurance matrixes, conventional repair costs, parts management, and a host of other useful functionality. It has fully customizable templates for print and email documents, so your business and brand are well supported.

ReconPro is a native software app that allows PDR businesses to keep their back-office running smoothly while also making it easier to access information on the fly, and keep technicians up-to-date on everything they need to know.

Beyond that, ReconPro provides you with visibility and control, eliminates manual and duplicate data entry, automates commissions and vendor payments, offers the most detailed reports on the market, can easily integrate with QuickBooks and crash management systems, and eliminates any need for IT staff to install or maintain– all on your mobile devices and back-office computer.

To speak with a specialist and arrange for a demo of ReconPro, click here.

Command the lot

Compete and Win with Service Requests and Scheduling

Managing your own SMART repair business is truly rewarding. You have the freedom of being your own boss with the opportunity to grow and nurture your business. But when managing the business, it’s easy to find yourself drowning when scheduling repairs and answering service requests. There are always arduous tasks preventing a smooth business operation, affecting your own sanity as a business owner while keeping customers happy.

Luckily for PDR/Hail and SMART repair professionals, there are software programs designed to enhance your ability to compete within your industry and come out on top. Not all programs are designed equally, though, and many businesses are left with a half-functioning system that only slows their process down.

 

Why Choosing ReconPro Helps you Win

ReconPro was designed by AMT’s engineers with the mobile repair professional’s needs in mind. Born from a love and understanding of the Automotive industry, the ReconPro app offers a seamless integration from inspection to invoice. One of the many unique benefits of ReconPro is its efficiency with service requests and scheduling. These two aspects of auto reconditioning are the backbone of your business. So, why not have a streamlined process?  

If your mobile repair business is hired to do work for a dealership, the scheduling automation lets you show them how efficient your reconditioning process is right from the start. Say a major hail storm cuts through town and a dealership contacts you with hundreds of vehicles needing repairs. Their typical reconditioning jobs take weeks, but your company can cut the repair time down to days. This shows your technicians and business are efficient, organized, and can complete large-scale reconditioning quickly. You’ll pick up more jobs simply because you have a process that actually works.

 

The Balance

Service Requests, scheduling repairs, and managing schedule updates are traditionally riddled with their own separate documents or multiple email threads. ReconPro allows for everything to be completed in one location, providing the perfect balance of administrative tasks and actually working on the business. Once a service request is completed, you can assign work orders and take care of scheduling technicians to complete tasks within the software. You can manage customers, jobs, staff time and attendance, accounting, invoices, and more. Once a car is in the system, it is being tracked. You can see what’s not moving, reassign orders, and review your technicians’ work to stay on top of how long certain repairs should take.

 

ReconPro lets you spend more time on what makes the business successful – the repairs. From initial inspection, to documenting damage, to work approvals sending an invoice, ReconPro completes and submits information in an accurate and organized manner. Every job is unique – No dent is the same, no two customers are the same. You can adjust ReconPro to fit your customer’s pricing arrangements, approval process, and even the paperwork process to fit your client’s needs. AMT invites you to request a free demo of ReconPro to see how it enhances your PDR/Hail or SMART repair business.

Chasing Hail? Don’t leave town without these must-have PDR tools

Business Management Software for This Season and Beyond

For technicians fixing hail damage on the road, the season is in full swing. The season has shaped up to be an epic year for hail in many regions. This could be a big year even for retail PDR and SMART repair shops who don’t hit the road.

Whether you are on the road or not, take a few moments to consider a few tools you may have heard about but haven’t put into practice yet in your business. I’m talking about mobile estimating and invoicing tools such as our two mobile apps, Repair360 and ReconPro.

 

Repair360 – Mobile Estimate and Invoicing Software

Designed to get any auto reconditioning company or PDR technician up and running with basic

mobile estimates, work orders, and invoicing designed to put an end to wasted time spent on administrative paperwork tasks that are required in running your business. Best of all, this product is completely free for single users and available on iOS from the Apple app store or Android from the Google Play store.

What is Repair360 and what does it do?

An easy-to-use phone app, with Repair360, you can log in cars as you work on them, take pre-inspection notes and photos, create and email estimates, work orders, invoices and more all from your preferred mobile device.

Have more than one technician working for you? An easy upgrade to our paid version Repair360, which grants you the ability to manage multiple technicians and integrate with your accounting system, too.

Repair360 Product Features:

  • VIN Scanning and Decoding
  • Customer Record Management
  • Photo and Video Inspections that attach to work orders at the line-item level, on-device Approvals
  • Invoicing, and Back Office systems
  • Customer records, Invoicing, and payments all accessed from the software.
  • Software integration with the popular QuickBooks Online accounting package available
  • Payment Processing integration

Note: Integrations with additional accounting systems from QuickBooks, Sage, etc., as well as Dealer and Bodyshop Management Systems are available with ReconPro.

The app is self-contained, so it works with or without Internet access and can print to most printers, even without an Internet connection.

 

ReconPro – Advanced Business Software for Recon Professionals

Are you running a larger operation than Repair360 can handle? Step up to ReconPro, our mobile management tool purpose-built for Auto Recon Professionals.

With a few clicks from any handheld device, you can document prior damage, create invoices, get PO’s, and streamline back-office operations like payroll and accounting, allowing you to spend less time on managing the business, and more time working on the business.

ReconPro Product Features

  • Vin Decoder – Includes trim, paint code lookup, vehicle recalls
  • R&I Labor Times for fully informed estimates
  • Advanced Commissions – Calculate Flat Rate, % Gross / Net, Tired Commissions, Splits
  • Duplicate Vin Detection to avoid duplicate records
  • Full Service Menu Control -Create a service menu specific to each account
  • Customer Specific Pricing – Set, adjust, and control even the most complex pricing models
  • Service Requests – Dispatch & Scheduling
  • Estimate Approvals – On device, via web or quick link
  • Integrations – Connect directly to many popular dealer and shop management systems, including CDK,  Mitchell, Audatex, and CCC
  • Team Collaboration – Share Inspections, Work orders, or Invoices across teams
  • Configurable Print Templates – Your custom business identity and layouts in hard copy
  • Configurable Email Templates – Your custom branding and layouts in emails
  • Real-time Reporting – Data at your fingertips lets you know your numbers anytime
  • Full visibility and control
  • Fully mobile – on your iOS or Android devices
  • Step-by-step automation
  • The most detailed reports on the market
  • Easy integration with QuickBooks
  • No need for IT staff to install or maintain

Regardless of whether you are a one-man operation, or responsible for teams of PDR techs, isn’t it time you stepped into the world of mobile management and invoicing? Schedule a demo with AutoMobile Technologies today!

How to Earn More Money for Your PDR Company in 2018

The year 2017 is nearing the end, and with that comes the end of hail season. Depending on your geographic location and how hearty your hail season was, you may be settling in for a bit of a rest to ride out the remainder of the year.

As you wind down your 2017 season, now is the time to reflect on the past year, your business successes and challenges, and seek ways to perfect your business in the upcoming year.

If you spent this year running yourself ragged between scheduling jobs, lining up new retail customers, invoicing and chasing payments, then you know full well how much that eats into the time available to actually complete the work that is paying the bills.

There is no doubt that anything you can do to rid yourself of time spent handling office duties will increase your revenue now and into the future. It could also help you gain some peace of mind.

You might want to consider stepping up to one of the PDR hail management apps offered on the market, including our very own ReconPro. These mobile device based applications are proven to free up wasted time spent on office tasks, as well as present a more focused and professional image for your business.

If cost has been your biggest holdout, then we have some good news for you. Repair360 from Automobile Technologies is now offered 100% FREE of charge for a single user, and only $19/mo if you have multiple users on your team! Now you can take your back office with you on the job and complete necessary paperwork and documentation right from your smartphone or tablet, iOS or Android.

Still have questions? The following are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers:

 

What is Repair360 and what does it do?

As mentioned before, Repair360 is a mobile app that gathers all of the necessary functions of your auto reconditioning business into one place. With Repair360, you can log in cars as you work on them, take pre-inspection notes and photos, create and email invoices and more, all from your preferred mobile device.

Repair360 is a mobile app that gathers all of the necessary functions of your auto reconditioning business into one place

Features include:

– VIN Scanning and VIN decoding using your device’s camera.

VIN Scanning and VIN decoding using your device's camera

– Prior damage documentation utilizing your device’s camera to document prior damage and keep with the customer record.

– Mobile Printing of invoices, work orders, and more directly from the app.

– Mobile Email documents directly to customers or other technicians from within the app.

– Full Customer Database of your customer records is kept and ready to access.

– Historical Lookup allows you to access complete records for any customer.

– Client Tracking for managing customers and revenue history to keep your business growing.

– Repair360 works with or without the Internet to keep your business rolling and your customers happy.

– Hail Matrix- a PDR industry staple, now you can access the Hail Matrix right from you’re your mobile device to provide guidelines for both proper repair techniques and associated costs. Repair360 offers several industry price matrices right out-of-the-box.

Boost your Image – Get more customers

Word of mouth and repeat business is won based on how professional your company appears and how easy it is to do business with you. As the business owner, it is your job to make that happen. Set yourself apart from the competition by offering the professional and paperless process that you can get with Repair360.

No cost, no tricks and no gimmicks.

AutoMobile Technologies, best known for their ReconPro app, is once again leading the PDR industry by offering its PDR software in a basic version totally free with Repair360. While Repair360 may not have all of the features as our subscription based ReconPro, Repair360 gives you all of the functionality that a one person or small PDR company would need to get to the next level in business. What are you waiting for? Download your copy today from the App Store or Play Store!

 

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AutoMobile Technologies Changes the Game with the Launch of Repair360

October 17, 2017 – Automobile Technologies (AMT) has officially launched Repair360™, a free mobile invoice app designed to help solo and smaller auto repair and reconditioning businesses manage customers and workflows digitally. Built on the same robust platform as their flagship ReconPro™ software, Repair360 mobile app includes essential tools for managing customer and vehicle records, performing inspections with photo and video integration, creating work orders, obtaining approvals, generating invoices and recording payments on any supported mobile device.  The app is completely free for a single user, with a modest monthly fee for an expanded version including team management and accounting integration. 

Repair360 Inspection ScreenEvery automotive repair and reconditioning business should be able to digitally manage customers, estimates, work orders, invoicing and payments” says Paul Maximov, Founder and President of AMT, “This eliminates paper, reduces errors, and allows them more freedom to focus on the customers and the work that generates revenue for the business. While other companies may charge for similar software, we believe these are essential tools that should be available to all for free, forever, in the interest of improved business operations, customer experience, and to generally raise the bar for the Automotive Industry.

The Repair360 app is available for free download for IOS devices via the App Store, and for Android devices via Google Play Store. Users who set up Repair360 Free have the option to upgrade to the paid version as needed.

About AutoMobile Technologies:
AMT offers a modular cloud platform with mobile apps for estimating, invoicing, vendor monitoring and repair tracking.  AMT’s premium software editions, InspectionNotes, ReconMonitor, and ReconPRO were developed to monitor cycle time and manage any inspection, reconditioning or repair process.  

 

Repair360 Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPadMaAFWZ8

Repair360 Website: https://repair360.com

AutoMobile Technologies Website: https://amt.company

For more information: sales@automobiletechnologies.com  888-600-6898

ReconCRM: Automate and Track Your Sales Activities

Use the summer months to add even more productivity to your business and supplement your Recon software with ReconCRM™ and make your workforce more productive than ever. ReconCRM™ can help you to monitor, follow-up, stay connected with your customers. This web-based software will track your sales opportunities or keep in touch with previous customers, automate your sales follow up workflow and provide you reminders. It is specially designed for the automotive industry and integrates with your Recon software.

Reconditioning pro’s goes can now use ReconCRM™ with their business software to:

  • Automatically track new opportunities
  • Keep track of and remind potential customers of services they need
  • Organize and specify workflow to automate your business
  • Attach a copy of your inspection report and forward/share photos with your customers and employees
  • Set up and organize reminder emails and program system reminders for check ups, service reminders and system reminders.

Add ReconCRM™ to your current Recon Suite product to track, upsell and close your sales to dealerships and retail customers.

Hail Season Special Extended – In June, AMT Technologies announced its new Hail Damage Package (HDP) and a special for automotive reconditioning professionals. You still have time to take advantage of hail season specials. Whether you are an existing customer or new to our Recon Suite of products, you will receive HDP for 1 month free if you subscribe in July. Remember hail season can last until October, so take advantage of these specials today.