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.

Smart Vehicle Repair

Two Tools to Improve your S.M.A.R.T. Repair Business in the USA

The term “SMART Repair” has become a popular way of representing the mobile repair industry in the UK and is slowly catching on here in the United States. SMART repair, Small to Medium Area Repair Technique, offers services like wheel repair, bumper repair, paint correction, and glass repair in addition to the numerous PDR companies we see popping up everywhere in America. An assortment of cosmetic, cost-effective and quick repair techniques, SMART repair offers U.S. mobile repair companies and fixed operations a way of offering more services for more revenue.

Starting out in the SMART repair business can be tough. There are many obstacles to cross in building your independent mobile repair company. SMART repair professionals often face common issues such as:

  • Managing Finances
  • Creating Estimates
  • Monitoring/Managing Employees
  • Invoice Accuracy
  • Finding Equipment
  • Training
  • Matching Paint Codes
  • Outfitting Company Vehicles

AMT is here to provide help. Repair360 and ReconPro help the mobile repair professional get organized and get busy. Repair360 is perfect for the newcomer – the rogue technician with nothing but his tools and his truck. It’s a software ideal for managing client paperwork, billing, estimates, and tasks. Perform inspections tied to VIN or Stock Number, and add notes and photographs to create a complete estimate to submit to the customer via email or printed form. You can receive work approvals electronically through email, quick-link, or direct signature right on your device. Approved estimates become work orders, and the app creates and sends your invoice when work is completed. The best part? It’s totally free for a single user!  And, as you grow your business, the low-cost full version of Repair360 will even help you manage multiple technicians.

ReconPro is a mobile estimate and invoicing software developed for the established SMART repair business or franchise looking for some extra help. It takes over in the management of damage documentation paperwork, helps easily create AR invoices, and streamlines office administrative duties like managing schedules, customer pricing, and accounting. Like Repair360, ReconPro helps manage workflows to make the most of your time and efforts spent with clients repairing their vehicles, but also offers a full suite of productivity features, including commission calculations, service requests and dispatch, time and attendance management, role-based access, customer-specific pricing and much, much more.

Both software applications are available for iOS or Android devices, and completely self-contained, meaning you can take them anywhere and complete your work without needing to connect to Wi-Fi. When you do connect, all your work is stored in your back office for complete record-keeping and secure access from any computer. Are you an auto industry professional looking to break or expand into the SMART repair scene? Does your current SMART repair business need the extra assistance? AMT has the solutions and we’d love to help you. Reach out to us today!

Press Release: Elite Rim Repair

Elite Rim Repair Deploys ReconPro to Manage Its Massive Wheel Repair and Reman Operations

ReconPro’s workflow and process management helps maintain efficiencies for high-volume wheel repair operations

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AutoMobile Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in auto reconditioning software, has been engaged to provide workflow automation software to Elite Rim Repair, the largest volume wheel repair and remanufacturing facility in the world. AMT’s ReconPro software has been implemented in Elite’s Plainview, NY, facility to improve mobile and back-office billing, inventory control, scheduling, and efficiency in bringing wheels through their extensive and meticulous processes.

“With the volume of wheels we process, we knew we wanted a system that could track all the moving parts of the operation,” said Herman Mansbart, VP Northeast Operations at Elite Rim Repair. “The team at AMT stepped up to provide a software solution that lets us know where each wheel is in the process, manages service requests and scheduling, enforces quality control, and ensures the right wheels get back to the right client and vehicle. Our first day with the new software didn’t cause a huge reduction in our daily volume, despite the unfamiliar process. Once everyone gets used to the new process, I know we’ll be able to grow both in quantity and quality.”

AMT’s ReconPro provides comprehensive management of the reconditioning process and includes both mobile and back-office modules to ensure everyone in the cycle is informed about where and when work is required. This keeps work moving at optimal speed and results in faster turn-around with fewer errors and full visibility of the work-in-hand.

The adoption of ReconPro will allow Elite Rim Repair better command and control of the recon process with full visibility as each wheel progresses through the process, enabling them to measure and optimize results.

Other notable benefits of ReconPro include:

  • Multiple access roles – Team and area management functions allow or restrict access rights to view or modify information.
  • Customizable pricing – customer discounts can be set and managed by the appropriate role.
  • Parts and Labor Hours Management – The system provides access to OEM part numbers, mechanical labor hours, and parts ordering feature will soon be added.
  • Billing Management and Payment – The system manages all billing, both in the field via mobile devices, and in the back-office, and administers hours and pay for each job, including commissions and splits.
  • Real-time Reporting – Elite will know the status and stage of every wheel in-process, and can quickly identify bottlenecks.

“Elite has one of the most robust reconditioning operations we’ve ever seen. With this kind of volume, making sure workflows are efficient is crucial. We are proud to provide the software solution that enhances that efficiency.” said Jerome Hall, Chief Product Officer for AutoMobile Technologies, Inc. He added, “Wheel remanufacturing has some unique challenges, and we have been able to create a custom solution to address them. The team at Elite, and their sister company, Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, are terrific partners and have been incredibly helpful throughout this deployment. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

AutoMobile Technologies provides software applications to solve workflow and back-office problems for auto dealerships and reconditioning operations across North America.

For more information, please visit https://amt.company.

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 Elite Rim Repair

Elite Rim Repair offers top quality wheel repair and refinishing with a next day turnaround with in-house wheel refinishing, painting, powder coating, PVD Chrome, and Black Chrome, and Polishing. Elite currently refinishes hundreds of wheels per day with all going through a 7-point repair and inspection process so you can be assured your wheel will be reconditioned to like-new specifications. Elite has all of the top of the line, cutting-edge equipment which allows us to provide the services quickly and efficiently with exceptional quality.

Media Contacts:

Elite Rim Repair

info@eliterimrepair.com

Ted Gaines

AutoMobile Technologies, Inc.

gaines@automobiletechnologies.com