Press Release: NIADA Partnership

AutoMobile Technologies Partners With NIADA to Help Dealerships Create and Manage CPO Inspections

Custom Software for NIADA Members Enables Digital Inspections for CPO Designations on Used Vehicles
Arlington, Texas (Dec. 12, 2018) —  Auto inspection and reconditioning software provider AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., has come on board with the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association as a new National Member Benefit partner, making AMT’s digital inspection software available to association members and enabling them to designate select vehicles with certified pre-owned status.
AMT_logo.pngAMT’s cutting-edge technology delivers best-in-class mobile vehicle inspection and auto reconditioning management services to independent auto dealers and brings a powerful, mobile-enabled, innovative, easy to implement, efficient and customer-centric vehicle inspection reporting resource to NIADA Certified dealers, enhancing inventory listing differentiation and customer trust through the digital or physical lot.
AMT’s InspectionNotes software enables the association’s members to complete the comprehensive 125-point NIADA Certified vehicle inspection electronically and generate digital and paper condition reports for the certification.
That allows dealers to integrate CPO inspections into their existing intake and reconditioning operations, and provide the value and security of CPO designation to their customers while increasing margins and decreasing turn time.
“We are proud to join with NIADA in providing its members the ability to offer NIADA Certified vehicles to their customers,” AMT executive vice president of operations Eric Meahan said. “We have seen the competitive advantage CPO vehicles have given our franchise clients, benefiting them in both revenue and customer satisfaction. The NIADA Certified program allows independent dealers to level the playing field with a similar solution.
“We applaud NIADA for adding this valuable program to its member services offerings.”
The InspectionNotes software allows technicians to scan a VIN on their mobile phone or tablet to begin the process, which takes them through a series of questions, ensuring each required item is inspected and verified. The resulting report is delivered in PDF format that can be loaded to website listings, emailed or printed to share with buyers.
InspectionNotes is a component of AMT’s ReconMonitor software, which gives dealerships visibility, command and control of the entire reconditioning process from acquisition to front line and every step in between.
“AMT brings an innovative commitment to the best in market technology, ease of use and corresponding profitability for our dealer members on the front and back end of their stores,” NIADA senior vice president of member services Scott Lilja said. “For our CPO dealers in particular, the mobile inspection solution is a huge enhancement over the current manual process, enhancing productivity, quality and ability to display both on the physical and digital lot.”
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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 into 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 NIADA

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) is among the nation’s largest trade associations, representing the used motor vehicle industry comprised of more than 38,000 licensed used car dealers. Since 1946, NIADA has represented the voice and interests of used car dealers at the federal level in Washington D.C. Coupled with its state association network across the country, NIADA’s grass-roots framework provides a dual layer of advocacy unmatched in the used motor vehicle industry.

For more than 70 years, NIADA has engineered programs and leveraged technology to fulfill its mission to advance, educate and promote the independent used car dealer. NIADA members subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics of duty, honor and integrity, and believe in the advancement of small business in support of the free-market system. More information about NIADA programs and educational opportunities is available at www.niada.com and www.niada.tv.

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8 Trends Your Dealership Should Pay Attention To In 2019

Dealership Software and Operations

  • Sedans Losing Popularity
  • Electric Vehicles Gaining Popularity
  • Self-Driving Vehicles Become More Common
  • Artificial Intelligence Integrations
  • Subscription Plans
  • Electric Systems Will Improve Drastically
  • Used Vehicles Remain Popular
  • Used Car Reconditioning Industry Will Grow and Evolve

2018 has been a volatile year for the auto industry. It started off with a lot of uncertainty, but as everything has begun to fall in place, we now have a clearer picture of where it’s all heading. There’s been a growth in the economy; however, new vehicle sales have gone down. The tariffs that were created to help American companies, unfortunately, had a negative impact on automobile manufacturers both internationally and here in the states.

New vehicle dealerships made money, but the profit margin dropped a little. Beyond that, new cars are struggling while used vehicle sales are going up. Now, more than ever, the reconditioning industry has become increasingly important for both consumers and dealerships. With all of that in mind, let’s look at the most important trends to look out for going into 2019.

 

Sedans Are Losing Popularity

Ford and Chevrolet are expected to drastically reduce their sedan production come 2019. This trend first became known when Ford announced they would discontinue all of their cars outside of the Mustang and Focus Active, and will continue producing their trucks and SUVs. With two of the biggest vehicle manufacturers changing focus, you should expect others to follow in their footsteps. For many, it’s expected that SUVs and Trucks will be the most popular vehicles by 2020.

 

Electric Vehicles Will Only Continue To Increase In Popularity

With companies, such as Tesla, prioritizing all-electric vehicles, it should be no surprise electric has become as popular as it has. No matter where you look, you’ll see traditional manufacturers following suit. There’s the BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and more. Beyond that, hybrids remain a popular transition vehicle from gas to electric.

No matter what, electric vehicles will grow exponentially in popularity. In the US alone, you may have already seen an increase in charging stations. With companies shifting their focus to hybrids and all-electric, it’s important to know how much they’ll impact the industry.

 

Self-Driving Vehicles Will Slowly Become More Common

It’s safe to say we are still a couple years from having fully autonomous vehicles on a mass scale. However, with all of the sensors in vehicles today, it’s easy to see where the market is heading. We already have proximity sensors, parking cameras, built-in navigation, and other self-adjusting features being implemented into our vehicles.

Beyond that, companies such as Toyota and Ford have already begun investing in self-driving vehicles. This trend was further bolstered when Congress signed a bill in support of self-driving technology. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that self-driving vehicles are being looked into by companies, such as Uber, for commercial use as well.

 

We’ll see AI Implemented Into Vehicles

Whether it happens in 2019 or not is up in the air, but it’s hard to deny that the use of AI has been steadily increasing. Whether it’s our smartphones, tablets, or computers, there’s an AI to help. There’s Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant, and manufacturers like BMW have already partnered up with Google.

 

Subscription Plans Are Looking Like They May Be The Next Big Thing

Companies like Porsche, Cadillac, and Lincoln already have subscription plans in place. If you’ve been in the auto industry for long enough, you know that the big changes tend to happen with luxury vehicles first, and then trickle down over the years to standard vehicles. Beyond that, we simply live in a time where subscriptions are the big thing. Whether it’s Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, or even gym memberships, subscriptions are the way of the future (for now).

Subscriptions for the car market benefit consumers. It provides them with the opportunity to upgrade or acquire a new car much more easily than they currently can in our buy-or-lease market. However, subscriptions are also great for automakers because consumers will feel obligated to stay within brands.

 

Electric Systems In Vehicles Will Improve Drastically

This is something you may have heard about a couple of years ago, but it’s now looking increasingly likely to happen soon. In the near future, 12-volt electrical systems will be phased out, and eventually replaced, by 48-volt systems. This is because we live in a digital age where we have computers in our pockets, navigation and sensors in our vehicles– all things that require an increasingly larger amount of power.

 

Used Vehicles Will Continue To Grow In Popularity

The used car market is a billion dollar industry already. But if the last year has shown us anything, it’s that it is slowly taking over vehicles sales. In the US, alone, the average vehicle out on the road is 11.5 years old. This means more and more consumers are keeping and maintaining their cars for much longer. Beyond that, as a result of the tariffs and the vehicle price increases, used car dealerships have become the preferred option for many people.

 

The Growing Used Car Industry Will Evolve Reconditioning Processes

With vehicles becoming increasingly sophisticated and consumers driving cars for much longer, the reconditioning process will have to evolve. Right now, some of the most successful shops have already anticipated the change and have adjusted accordingly. They’ve stopped relying on paper and inefficient methods. You’ll see shops getting the latest paint booths, the fastest paint dryers, and workflow management software to track jobs and tackle constraints.

In fact, with the sophisticated technology in cars, you’ll need better equipment, better-educated technicians, and faster ways to organize, track, and adjust your lean processes. Everything will need to be done quicker, and you’ll need to embrace technology in this digital age.

Management software can track where vehicles are, how long each step takes, who’s working on them, what’s wrong with the vehicles, what work has been done, and more, all on mobile and back-office devices. It’s designed to make the reconditioning process more efficient so you and your technicians can upload documents, take photos, and apply updates for everyone to see in real-time, at the click of a button.

 

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.

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

ReconPro is the industry’s most versatile and powerful software solution purpose-built for auto recon professionals. With essential tools for performing PDR estimates, hail and insurance matrixes, parts management, paint code lookups, integrations with DMS, body shop crash systems and accounting systems, too. ReconPro manages the details of running your business so you can focus on growing your business. 

With your dealership managing recon workflows in ReconMonitor, and your vendors and technicians using ReconPro, you have a complete digital ecosystem for end-to-end visibility and efficiency in your reconditioning operation.

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Reduced Cycle Time vs Increased Throughput: Can You Have One Without the Other?

<this article was originally printed by AutoSuccess>

For used car dealerships, reduced cycle times and increased throughput are some of the most important aspects of the business. In fact, your dealership can’t make much money if the throughput is low. Beyond that, you can’t have a steady throughput if your cycle times are too high.

However, it’s hard to tell which one is the most important. When it comes to used car dealerships, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to think front-end sales and throughput are where the money is made. Even then, the number of vehicles that are front-line ready depends entirely on how quick and efficient your process is.

Simply put, the significance of cycle times and throughput come off as mostly equal. They also rely heavily on each other and you could argue that neither could exist without the other. If you’re not selling a lot of vehicles, then you’re not going to speed up your cycle time. However, if you are doing well in sales, or you know you could do even better with better inventory in-hand, then the cycle time will be your priority.

Despite all of that, and the fact that they both rely on each other, cycle time may have a slight edge. At the end of the day, the discussion isn’t a “chicken-or-the-egg” debate. As a used car dealer, you know the cycle time had to have come first so you could sell your first few cars. When it comes to used car reconditioning, the cycle time can make or break how well you do.

Across the industry, poor reconditioning and repair processes have been reported as the biggest inhibitors to profit. Some of you may work closely with vendors who provide reconditioning. As you know, poor management, organization and dated methods can make repairs last days longer than they need to.

So even though throughput is where you inevitably make the profit, poor cycle time is undoubtedly the biggest drag on your dealership. However, it doesn’t have to be.

How Can Dealerships Reduce Cycle Times and Increase Throughput? Embrace Technology
Paper was great before computers, but if you’re the type who has relied on paper for most of your career, you probably know the headaches that come with it. Tracking employees, invoices, customer accounts, estimates and reconditioning statuses on vehicles can be a lot to handle. You more than likely know the frustration of going through all the paperwork and how much of your time can be taken away from doing the actual job.

Management software can drastically reduce your cycle time and increase throughput. Along with what we talked about above, great reconditioning software can help your used car dealership manage vendors and technicians, track vehicles through your process, and alert you to bottlenecks and problem areas on both your desktop and mobile devices. The paperwork that would normally require hours of your time, can be done in as little as five to 10 minutes.

If you want to tackle the cycle time constraint, then you’re going to have to embrace technology. Let’s be honest, how much easier would your life be if you could access your dealership’s operational information on the fly, increase productivity and manage workflow all at the click of a button?

For help with software solutions designed to make your dealership’s reconditioning process more efficient, provide you with better visibility, and get your cars frontline in the shortest possible time, schedule a demo today.

ReconMonitor Back Office 3.4.1

Add part services to repair orders from the Parts Management page, add services to repair orders on the Repair Order page, and much more.

New Features

  • Add parts to repair orders
  • Add services to repair orders

Improvements

  • Enhancements in Parts Management
  • View parts status history
  • Preserving applied filters on the Repair Orders page
  • Changing the price and quantity of parts on the Parts Management page has been improved.

Fixed Issues

  • Repair order amount was not updated after changing the price of a part on the Parts Management page.

See the details of the new features and improvements here.

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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

Used Car Reconditioning – A Dealership’s Supply Chain – Part II

Part II: Common Dealer Reconditioning Pitfalls

The quality of vehicles coming through the recon process defines the brand of your dealership. If the process is inadequate and quality is an issue, your customers will notice. Overcoming that negative brand perception can be very difficult. The reconditioning process is also what feeds the machine. If the “get ready” process takes weeks or months per car, then your salespeople will not have the vehicles they need to keep selling. If this can be improved to a few days (and it can), then sales will improve as the number of vehicles reliably available to be sold will increase.

Here are 3 of the common causes of dealership reconditioning problems:

  1.  Not prioritizing reconditioning:

Not prioritizing the reconditioning process is something we see in lots of dealerships around the country. Reconditioning of a used vehicle can be an afterthought of lots of dealerships for apparent reasons. Dealerships are often headed by former salespeople and managers. Their goal is to drive sales which increase revenues and puts money in everyone’s pockets. Sometimes, reconditioning of the vehicle becomes an afterthought or is viewed as a necessary evil in the sales process – something that drives up costs which lowers profits. Because of this, we see the reconditioning process not getting the attention and TLC it deserves.

  1. Not having a standardizing reconditioning process:

Not having a standardized reconditioning process is a major issue if you want to have a repeatable process that you can leave to anyone. The more structured and consistent your process is, the better your outcomes.  If there is a lot walk where people just walk around the car looking for damage and then a mechanical inspection that is just the mechanic looking for issues without a checklist, then you risk overlooking different issues. Worse, all of your vehicles will have differing quality when going through the recon process. We highly recommend that both the cosmetic and mechanical inspections be done in a multipoint checklist. This will ensure that all aspects of every vehicle are checked and addressed the same, 100% of the time. This will improve quality and increase trust in the recon team. You may no longer even need to have all managers come to look at cars in a lot walk manner. The same standardized process should apply to the general workflow of the reconditioning process. All vehicles should follow the same general process from A-Z and only deviate as needed (e.g. waiting on parts).

  1.  Vendors rule the henhouse:

There is nothing wrong with having good, trustworthy vendors helping you in the reconditioning process. We are not even suggesting that you bring all vendor work in-house. What we are suggesting is that dealerships take back control of the reconditioning process and own it completely. If vendors are finding and bringing work requests to you for approval, then see number 2, above. Work should be identified during the standardized process of inspecting the vehicle, and then assigned to the vendors. This allows the dealership to control costs, know what work per vehicle needs to be done, and have the flexibility to adjust the vehicle reconditioning workflow to suit its needs. When the vendor shows up to your lot, they should have a list of vehicles already approved for work. This keeps them busy doing what they do best instead of trying to find work and driving your per car to spend up.

If the items above sound revolutionary for your dealership, then you may need a revolution. You’ll be amazed at the improvements your dealership will enjoy focusing on a consistent and repeatable process in your reconditioning operation.

This is the second in a series of articles. Read part 1 here.

 

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Top Auto Dealer Management Software Picks for 2018

Dealer Management Software

Automobile Dealership Management Software in 2018

Running a successful car dealership involves countless moving parts, and within all these revolving pieces, productivity shortfalls are inevitable. Successful dealerships know it’s due to human error– because constant communication between individuals eventually leads to confusion and potential misinformation. So while most dealerships acknowledge these shortcomings and use management software such as ADP or Reynolds & Reynolds and other DMS software, these systems can leave gaps in efficiency when maintaining sales, inventory, and F&I information.

Despite our limitations as individuals and the shortcomings of the automotive management software above, we’re fortunate enough to live in an era where we have several software solutions to fully digitize inventory acquisition, marketing, and even inventory management– filling the gaps along the way.

To help reduce your time researching possible software solutions, we have compiled a top-5 list of management tools every dealership should consider adding.

Sales & Marketing

Hubspot

HubSpot offers various marketing, sales, and customer relationship management software to fit whatever business needs you may have– and while the individual options are powerful, they’re even better when used together.

Obtaining prospects and making sales on new or used vehicles relies on you meeting a customer’s needs and working with their budget.

In today’s world, almost every single car purchase begins with an “internet search.” These searches could yield potential new customers if your dealership provides the “right answers.” This inbound marketing, where you draw in customers through social media, branding, and search engine optimization, revolves around creating and publishing content which attracts visitors and converts them into leads as they travel the sales funnel from awareness to consideration.

HubSpot assists in creating and publishing lead generation content– allowing you to track, measure and target your leads.

Reconditioning & Supply Chain Management

AutoMobile Technologies – ReconMonitor

ReconMonitor software helps dealerships monitor and manage the process of reconditioning pre-owned inventory and auction purchases from Acquisition to Front Line Ready. It can track each individual vehicle, the progress made during all reconditioning phases, help get vehicles ready in a quick and efficient manner, and save dealerships both time and money.

ReconMonitor is web-based dealership supply chain management software that picks up where your DMS leaves off, and gives any dealership stakeholder access to all in-process vehicles, the current repair stages, and deadlines from any device, at any time.

It establishes an early warning system in order to keep repair momentum from the initial acquisition to frontline readiness– tracking each vendor, employee, and repair phase to manage performance while identifying bottlenecks in the reconditioning process.

Social Media

Sprout Social

For dealership marketing teams, the primary goal is to advertise the business in the best and most efficient channels– and social media is the largest avenue to get the word out. Sprout Social allows you to track likes, shares, conversations, new contacts, and more with an incredibly clean and easy design.

Data is the driving force when it comes to marketing and understanding which posts drive the most engagement, and Sprout Social offers various monthly subscriptions to monitor your social media marketing campaign.

Sprout Social’s management screen has tabs for messages, tasks, feeds, publishing, and reports. Messages allow you to read and respond to comments left on various social media platforms all in one inbox. While publishing and feeds allow you to analyze the most viewed content and make postings on a timed schedule.

Reports are manageable both on a macro and micro scale– meaning you can view the analytics for all social media in one location or view them all individually.

If your dealership has a team using social media for customer communication, Sprout Social allows you to track tasks and measure post-performance.

Sprout Social offers in-depth data analysis for all your social media marketing on a simple and sleek platform ready to improve your business’ content.

Dealership Accounting & Sales

NetSuite ERP

NetSuite ERP sells itself as a tool to assist any size business to expand. Its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software provides planning and management tools to help automate and simplify business processes in real time.

Netsuite lets individuals at the dealership automate various tasks, enabling data collection, viewing, and sharing without interrupting other functions.

Since NetSuite is cloud-based (meaning all information is saved online in a cloud server), updates, maintenance, support, and customization are all available and automatic across all devices using the software. To elaborate on customization, the package offers the ability to fully edit processes to work as efficiently as possible for your dealership.

NetSuite provides financial reporting, financial planning, revenue recognition (for compliance with accounting standards), global accounting and consolidation (for transparency), billing (to improve accuracy and remove errors), and real-time financial monitoring to drive success.

For Smaller Dealerships: Dealer DMS alternative

Everlogic

Everlogic is a Gold Certified Partner for Quickbooks with a complete management system designed with small dealerships and businesses in mind. Everlogic has several integrated modules which show sales, F&I, parts, services, and administration departments all under one roof. It’s known for its excellence in customer service, and much like the other options above, it’s easy to use, understand, and update all current business processes.

Summary

If recent reports are correct, the two or three-year new car sales tidal wave has begun to slow down. Dealerships will scramble in order to find solutions to boost sales and bolster profitability. The competent and savvy dealer will stay one step ahead, see the trends, and use the best and latest software available. These are our top picks for 2018, and we hope they assist your dealership to increase productivity and profitability this year and beyond.

Valuable, Versatile, Vehicle Condition Reports

Vehicle Condition Report Forms

Knowledge is power, and you can’t know what you don’t know. These are two undisputed truths, and they are all you need to understand the importance of Vehicle Condition Reports.

Think about your own business. Whether you repair vehicles, sell them, lease them, or all of the above, do you have easy and reliable access to the condition of every vehicle your business has touched? How complete are those reports? How legible are they? How consistent is the quality and completeness of your vehicle condition reports from one to the next? If you didn’t answer “100%” to each of those questions, then you should consider vehicle condition report software included with our mobile software solutions InspectionNotes and ReconMonitor.

 

How can improved reporting make a difference for your business? A short list includes:

  • Perform inspections including photos, videos, and notes to document prior damage and defend against false claims.
  • Customizable digital forms can trigger additional steps or activities based on question responses. If the vehicle arrives for one service, but the inspection reveals other issues, you can automatically create an estimate for the additional repair to present to the customer.
  • Forms can enforce process to ensure all steps are completed in the most efficient order, review data as it’s entered, and trigger next process steps and notifications.
  • Updates to vehicle condition are fast and easy. A VIN scan brings up the latest condition report for editing and all changes are logged, so history audits are a breeze.
  • Any conditions indicated on an inspection can trigger additional estimates or work orders for on-device or quick-link signature approvals.
  • Digital reports are formatted to suit your business, with your brand, and always presentable in digital or printed formats.
  • Post the report on your website to assure the buyer of the vehicle condition.

Your business operations and customer satisfaction will benefit from quality vehicle condition reports. Contact us for more information and a free demonstration of our powerful vehicle condition report app.

Press Release: DMS Integration with Frazer Computing

AutoMobile Technologies Integrates With Frazer Dealer Management Software


ReconMonitor’s certified integration helps dealerships seamlessly manage reconditioning workflows.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in auto reconditioning software, today announced that it has partnered with Frazer Computing, Inc. to provide integrated vehicle reconditioning management capabilities to users of Frazer Dealer Management Software.

“Frazer is thrilled to be working with AutoMobile Technologies,” said Michael Frazer, president of Frazer Computing. “Making it simple for our 19,000 dealers to work with the partners that best suit their needs, and making the process easy is an important part of what we do!”

AMT’s ReconMonitor provides end-to-end visibility of the vehicle reconditioning process from acquisition through all phases 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 certified integration of ReconMonitor with the Frazer DMS will allow dealerships better command and control of the recon process with full visibility as each vehicle progresses toward frontline readiness. Other notable dealer benefits of ReconMonitor include:

  • Mechanical and Cosmetic Inspections – Multiple inspections per vehicle, including OEM Certified Pre-Owned Inspections, Cosmetic Inspections, and Vehicle Condition Reports.
  • Parts and Labor Hours Management – The system provides access to OEM parts & numbers, mechanical labor hours, and parts ordering.
  • Vehicle ROI – Know the estimated and actual cost of repairs and keep all vehicles in your targeted ROI.
  • Vendor Management and Payment – The system manages all of your vendors and their workloads and shows you how much to pay each vendor per repair.
  • Real-time Reporting – You and your team know the status and stage of every vehicle in process, and can quickly identify bottlenecks.

“Frazer Computing understands the needs of its customers and has built its reputation by providing software to help their dealers better understand their own operations. We are proud to enhance that value with ReconMonitor’s efficient workflow management capabilities in vehicle recon,” said Paul Maximov, CEO of AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. He added, “Dealers lose an average of $35-50 per day that cars spend undergoing reconditioning. Our partnership with Frazer will allow dealers to reduce costly delays and make better vehicle recon decisions early in the cycle. That results in better inventory availability and ultimately, increased margins on vehicles sold.”

AutoMobile Technologies joins a diverse group of Frazer integration partners. To date,  Frazer works with more than 200 third-party vendors whose services are optimized and integrated with the Frazer DMS.

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 Frazer Computing, Inc.

Frazer provides full-featured dealer management software to over 19,000 independent used car dealers. The Frazer DMS includes unlimited contract printing and form customization, a full accounting suite, numerous sales, inventory and customer reports, unlimited technical support, and over 200 integrations with companies that help used car dealers grow their businesses. www.frazer.com

Media Contacts

Ted Gaines, AutoMobile Technologies, Inc.
Phone: 949.614.0799 ext.708
Email: info@automobiletechnologies.com

 

Press Release: CDK Global Integration

AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. Joins CDK Global Partner Program

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AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., an industry leader in automotive reconditioning software, today announced that it has become a participant in the CDK Global Partner Program. As a member of the largest third-party partner program in the industry, AutoMobile Technologies is now part of a marketplace of applications and integration choices developed to help automotive dealers succeed.

“CDK Global understands the value of efficient supply chain management in vehicle reconditioning,” said Paul Maximov, CEO, AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. “Dealers lose an average of $35-$50 per day that cars spend undergoing reconditioning. Our solutions work to reduce costly delays and make better vehicle recon decisions early in the cycle, resulting in better inventory availability and ultimately, increased margins on vehicles sold.”

The CDK Global Partner Program provides its partners with the ability to integrate with a range of CDK applications, as well as with CDK dealer websites. AMT’s ReconMonitor software provides end-to-end visibility from vehicle acquisition through the reconditioning process and helps identify vendor inefficiencies that increase the cycle time. The software includes both mobile and back-office modules to help ensure everyone in the reconditioning cycle is informed about where and when work is required. This software keeps cars moving with optimal speed and results.

“We’re very pleased to welcome AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. as the newest member of the CDK Global Partner Program,” said Howard Gardner, vice president and general manager, CDK Data Services. “In joining our vibrant program, AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. will bring new skills, solutions, and choices for our dealers to choose from, which will seamlessly integrate with our applications.”

The approved integration of AMT’s ReconMonitor solution with the CDK Drive DMS will allow customers to better command and control the reconditioning process with full visibility of each vehicle as it moves through to frontline readiness. Other notable features include mechanical and cosmetic inspections, parts and labor-hours management, vehicle ROI, vendor management and payment, and real-time reporting. Additional details about these features can be found at link.

About the CDK Global Partner Program

The CDK Partner Program now numbers more than 360 partner companies and 475 unique applications auto dealers can use to run their businesses. As part of the CDK ecosystem, the CDK Partner Program provides data and workflow integration to a wide range of third parties, OEMs, and dealers. For a full list of partners and applications available through the program, visit cdkglobal.com/partners.

About CDK Global

With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global (Nasdaq: CDK) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK Global provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 28,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process from targeted digital advertising and marketing campaigns to the sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair, and maintenance of vehicles. Visit cdkglobal.com.

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.

Media Contacts:

Roxanne Pipitone
CDK Global
roxanne.pipitone@cdk.com

Rob Duda
Peppercomm
cdk@peppercomm.com

Ted Gaines
AutoMobile Technologies, Inc
gaines@automobiletechnologies.com