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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 this must-have PDR tool

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 like  ReconPro.

ReconPro – Advanced Business Software for Recon Professionals

Step up to ReconPro, a 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 digital management and invoicing? Schedule a demo with AutoMobile Technologies today!

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.

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