ReconPro Starter mobile app 3.5.3

Add services to repair orders if some additional work must be done or necessary services were not added initially, edit services in repair orders when you need to change service price, quantity, or other details.

New Features

  • Add services to repair orders
  • Edit services in repair orders
  • Change repair order department
  • Reset the start date of repair order phases and services
  • Resend data to Back Office
  • Allow tracking the status of phases, services, or both

Improvements

  • Saving a single-select answer automatically when users go back to the Questions screen
  • Showing the Actions menu when users tap an inspection, work order, or invoice in the list
  • The space between buttons on the Navigation bar has been increased for better user experience
  • Presetting a part category when selecting or searching for a part in the Conventional Repair mode
  • Showing the name of question and answer below the name of question service

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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.

 

ReconPro is a trademark of Automobile Technologies, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

ReconPro Back Office 2.9.1.0

Make sure that a repair order department, which has been set manually, will not be automatically overridden by the department assigned to a phase which the repair order moves to

New Features

  • Prevent overriding repair order department

Improvements

  • Showing damage size and severity for price matrix panels on inspection printouts
  • Enhancements in the ‘Technicians’ view of Invoice Editor
  • Showing or hiding price in ‘Vehicle History Report’ based on the ‘Price Access’ setting of work order types.

Fixed Issues

  • The ‘Show Service Question Forms’ option was not working properly for Print Template Configurations.
  • The ‘Repair Cycle Time’ report was trimmed on the right in the PDF format output.

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7 Advantages Of Adding PDR To Your In-house Reconditioning Operation

In the reconditioning business, you’re always looking for a way to add another profit center. Luckily for you, adding Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) as an in-house capability is a great way to increase profit with minimal effort. As someone who’s already performing automotive repairs in your service bays or collision center, adding PDR to your processes will actually be pretty easy. With PDR, you can reduce the time you spend on bodywork during the reconditioning process, but you can also save quite a bit of money as well.

Trained PDR technicians can “massage” out any dents or dings found on a vehicle’s body. PDR typically relies on no damage to the paint in order to be as efficient as possible. Even so, technicians can still perform PDR to reshape the dents, and provide paint touch-ups if need be.

Below are 7 advantages of adding PDR to your reconditioning process.

 

It (Mostly) Doesn’t Cost Anything In The Long Run

Outside a few initial specialized tool purchases and training, PDR basically pays for itself. Once you have the training and tools, you won’t be paying any incremental costs to perform PDR since none of the tools or parts will require frequent replacement.

 

It Has a High Potential To Net You Profit

With the right technician, a $100 or $200 job can be done in 10 – 30 minutes with PDR.

 

You Have The Opportunity To Provide Better Deals To Customers

Most of the average drivers out there today have no idea what PDR is. It’s been around for close to 60 years, and there are still shops that don’t have it as a part of their repair processes. So, if a customer comes in with dents that need fixing, imagine their response when you tell them you can repair them all in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the price of conventional dent repair. You may already use an outsourced PDR technician, but if you find yourself waiting for them to show up to complete the repairs, that vehicle downtime is costing you even more than just their charges.

 

Creates An Avenue For New, Potential, Customers

If you already have a stream of customers for other repairs and maintenance, you can offer dent removal as an up-sell in the service drive. In most cases, the dent work can be done during other repairs or services, adding no additional wait time for the customer. In addition to your walk-ins, you have the potential to bring in work from auto auctions, used car dealerships, car rental agencies, car insurance agencies, detail shops, and body shops.

 

Minimal Effort To Adding It Into Your Shop

PDR isn’t a method that requires a drastic change in your business. As we said above, it only requires a few initial tool purchases. Outside of that, there’s a pretty minimal space required to do the work and can easily be done in the shop or on the road with what you currently have. It only takes a few minutes to do during your detailing or painting phases, and it’ll just take a minute for you to speak with the customer, bring up the dents, and offer to repair them without any impact to the overall repair time.

 

Relatively Low Start-Up Cost

PDR will basically pay for itself once you’ve trained your technician(s) and purchased the proper equipment. It can be self-taught, but professional training and tools can cost anywhere from $5,000 – $15,000 depending on the level of training, certifications, and the quality of the tools. However, after the initial investment, PDR has high profit potential and costs much less than other typical investments for business line extensions.

 

It’s Easy To Sell To Customers

No matter what, offering a dent repair option that costs a fraction of conventional dent repair to a customer is a pretty easy sell. Since it only takes a few minutes to repair, the lower costs are drastically made up by the sheer volume of PDR that can be done throughout each week. What takes many shops days to do, you could do in minutes. So, if you provide a quality option that saves customers money and is convenient for them, you’ll ultimately get more business down the road.

 

AutoMobile Technologies offers Software Solutions That Can Help You Manage Your PDR Process

AMT offers software 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 remarketing companies. ReconMonitor dealership software decreases reconditioning cycle time from acquisition to front line 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 body shop crash systems and accounting systems, too. ReconPro manages the details of running your business so you can focus on growing your business.

Why Choosing ReconPro Helps You Claim Your Life Back

  • Reduce the hours spent on paperwork
  • Coordinate jobs and teams
  • Complete visibility of every job and customer

When you manage a SMART repair business, you are the captain of your own ship. No matter how big or small your business may be, your systems allow you to see how your technicians are doing, manage your team, check your sales figures and more. You’ve spent late nights creating invoices and filling out paperwork, only to be back on the job early in the morning. Sound familiar?

Then you decide enough is enough and you purchase, or start a free trial of, a mobile reconditioning management software program. However, not every reconditioning program is designed the same way or has all the features you may need. If you make the investment in a flawed solution that is not fully functioning, you may never experience the bliss of owning a smooth-running operation that keeps you on top of all your jobs to keep all of your customers happy. In fact, the wrong program may actually backfire on you and make you miss the days of collecting invoices on a weekly basis, those sleepless nights, and conducting business based on the word of your technicians. Owning a bad solution might end up being worse than no solution at all.

Thankfully, there are programs for PDR and SMART Repair professionals that were designed specifically for those working in the auto recon industry. We all know time is money. But how can we make that money if we are backlogged and unable to effectively manage the repair process? There could be a hailstorm and all of a sudden, a customer contacts you needing repairs on hundreds of vehicles. If you don’t have an efficient way of creating estimates, managing your technicians, the repair process, and making sure your team is all on the same page, you may end up losing a major sale.

What if the time you’ve spent documenting the repair, invoicing, transcribing VIN’s, keeping tabs on your technicians, and more could all be significantly reduced with the right software? You’d finally have your life back to spend your nights for what they were meant for: rest and relaxation.

The quest to reclaim the hours of paperwork and administrative tasks is how AMT came up with the idea for ReconPro™.

ReconPro was conceived with the idea that there had to be a better, more efficient way to manage the repair process that was simple, easy, and accessible anywhere on any device. AMT engineers have a passion and deep understanding of efficient processes and auto recon workflows. As more and more providers entered the industry, AMT wanted to help SMART repairers get a leg up on the competition and get out of their own way. By working in a quick and efficient manner in ReconPro, you are able to handle all the paperwork you’ve had many late nights over and complete it during the work day so you can claim your life back outside of work.

While ReconPro was designed for reconditioning companies and technicians, it also makes the customer process much easier. From mobile estimates to team collaboration, ReconPro allows everything to be managed and accessible in one, easy-to-use location. You are able to set, adjust, and control customer specific pricing with even the most complex pricing models.e all know that every repair is different, no 2 jobs are ever the same. and every customer is unique. The software lets you manage all of the variables.

In addition, you can manage jobs, track time, receive real-time reports of the repair status from your technicians, determine R&I labor times and conventional repair costs for fully informed estimates. Work orders can be assigned, technicians can be scheduled, and customers can receive and approve their estimates, supplements, and invoices. It’s a simple-to-use yet powerful tool capable of doing a lot for you – because you do a lot already.

ReconPro makes the repair process easier for both you and your technicians by keeping it all in one accessible place. Keep the flow in your workflow by using a tool that works wherever you do. The days of IT staff installing software for your auto repair business and you spending hours working on invoices and paperwork are forever behind you. AMT invites you to schedule a free demonstration of ReconPro and see just how well it works for your business.

ReconPro mobile app 2.18.1 for iOS devices

Use a new setting for inspection types and invoice types to prevent technicians from editing approved inspections and invoices in the mobile app

New Features

  • Prevent editing approved inspections and invoices

Improvements

  • Showing only guest employees and a service default employee from another team in the Team Guests section of the Technicians screen.
  • Showing customer terms on invoice printout based on values in the database instead of HTML print configuration setting
  • Showing “Conventional Repair” and “No Damage” on invoice printouts based on print template configuration settings
  • Improved logic for selecting a repair location in work orders

Fixed Issues

  • There was an issue with adding supplements to team inspections.
  • Different price matrix screens were shown with the same name.
  • When selecting a part for a part service with a preset category, the category was not preselected.

See the details of the new feature here.

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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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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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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.