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OEMs Prioritize Service Parts, and So Should You

With new vehicle sales well below last year's numbers, and in anticipation of continued soft new car sales this year, ...
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Empathy, Cooperation are Key to Industry Restart

How to restart an industry? Work together as an industry! Empathy, Cooperation are Key to Industry Restart ...
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Dealers Calling for Inventory

Early signs of a resurgence in used car buying are waking up the industry from its pandemic-induced doldrums. We’ve heard ...
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The Hertz Effect on Vehicle Sales

With the bankruptcy of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., there will soon be an extraordinary volume of vehicles on offer, creating ...
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S.M.A.R.T. Repair in the USA

The term “SMART Repair” has become a popular way of representing the mobile repair industry in the UK and is ...
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7 Things No One Tells You About Starting A Car Detailing Business

From Detail King CEO Nick Vacco For anyone looking to start a car detailing business, it has the possibility of ...
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5 Tips From Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec To Improve Sales At Your Dealership

Robert Herjavec When a person comes to your dealership, they’re in the market for a car. Whether they make a ...
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What is Your Strongest Credential?

The dictionary defines a credential as, “anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.” In business, we use ...
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Re-creating Your “New” Business

No matter how many years or how many generations your business has been in existence, you are starting a new ...
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Credit First: Missing Link in Dealership Digital Sales

Craig Sims, Vice President of Equifax Automotive Services, once said, “In the ideal world of the future, customers will be ...
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/ New and Used Car Dealers
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Maximizing Hourly Revenue

5 Overlooked Ways To Improve Touch Time For Your SMART Business ...
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7 Effective Ways To Embrace Change In Your Dealership Process

Much the same as the way car repairs have evolved over the years, so has the entire dealership process. Recent ...
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Reconditioning Your Way to Profit if Used Car Values Tank

When your cars have no buyers, how do you prepare for the future? The transfer of new-to-used, used-to-auction, and rental-to-auction ...
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Vehicle Demand in a Time of Disruption

Revisiting the statistics to project second-quarter sales targets. Economy woes are on the minds of every business right now, and ...
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How To Sell Cars In A Post Covid “New Normal”

Depending on when you read this, we are not there yet, but it feels like we may be getting closer ...
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Marketing Your New And Used Car Dealership To Military Veterans

In our article titled How To Market Your New or Used Car Dealership To Active Duty Military, we discussed how ...
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The Remote Work Dealership – Is It Even Possible?

For obvious reasons now, the concept of essential and non-essential employees and remote workers has been thrust upon nearly every ...
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Changes to the PDR Landscape

What Does The AutoWorks and Catastrophe Solutions Merger Mean For Your PDR Business? ...
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Banking On An Electric Vehicle Future? You May Need To Pump The Brakes

So much uncertainty has been thrown at the world this past month. This sudden left turn naturally leads each industry ...
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How to Help Your Laid-Off Automotive Employees Manage Unemployment

Social distancing is the end of in-person auto auctions, at least for a while. If you are like most auction ...
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How Will Covid-19 Impact The Automotive Market? The Industry Weighs In

Anybody who can factually answer this question is a time traveler who has come back to fill us in. As ...
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Will Parts Shortages Increase Your Time To Frontline Ready Following COVID-19 Shutdowns?

OEMs respond to replacement auto parts supply chain questions following the virus peak. Each day we wake up to a ...
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How To Let Customers Know Your Dealership Is Open For Business During The Coronavirus

Even if your state has a shelter in place order, dealerships are allowed to and will continue to stay open ...
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7 Tips For Taking Your Dealership’s Facebook Page To The Next Level

We live in a digital age where consumers decide who to give their business to long before they ever step ...
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How To Market Your New or Used Car Dealership To Active Duty Military

Is your dealership located near a military base? With multiple bases and US military institutions in every single US state, ...
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Are You Preparing Your Used Car Dealership For Its Electric Vehicle Future?

Today, tomorrow, five years from now, twenty years from now. That's about as accurate as any projection for when we ...
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Surprises Found Inside the February 2020 Black Book Trends Report

If your used car dealership uses Black Book trends, then you know that they reported a modest rise month-over-month in ...
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Is Your Auto Auction Operation Prepared For Disaster?

Tornadoes hit Manheim Nashville, and the Coronavirus hits the US. That sums up this week's gloomy headlines, and both events, ...
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5 Email Tactics Other Dealerships Are Doing Better Than You In 2020 (and How To Fix It)

InteractiveUser-generatedEntertainingSelf-learning AISubscriber control What could possibly be new in the world of email marketing? You probably are already using email ...
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Coaching Benefits For Your Dealership You Never Knew About…Until Now

If you knew there was a way to increase the self-confidence of your employees by 80% and improve their performance ...
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Is It Time To Kill The “Internet Special Price” From Your Dealership Website?

There is no denying the fact that the internet and internet marketing have changed the way people shop for and ...
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News from NADA Is Good News For Used Car Dealers

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) at the 2020 NADA conference in Las Vegas issued an analysis of U.S. auto ...
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5 Key Tips For Conquering More Market Share At Your Dealership

Being a successful car dealership is much more than attracting customers, efficiency among your departments, and selling cars. Those are ...
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5 ways To Grow A Mobile Detailing Business From Scratch

If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and are good at detailing cars, becoming your own boss may be easier than ...
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6 Crucial Metrics Every Used Car Dealer Should Track

Inventory Turn Rate Cost to Market Price to Market Reconditioning Time Aged Wholesale Loss Online Response Time Whether you run ...
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Why Cultivating A Great Dealership Culture Benefits Your Dealership

Performance Teamwork Communication Hiring As soon as a customer walks inside your dealership doors, they’ll be able to instantly tell ...
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/ Business, New and Used Car Dealers
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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Deduct For Running A Detailing Business In 2020

Running an auto detailing business can be an extremely profitable venture, and bring a wide variety of customers. But even ...
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/ Accounting, Business, Detailing, ReconPro
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5 Tweaks To Your Used Car Sales Pitch To Try Today

As a used car salesperson, you have an even greater responsibility than dealers who are selling factory-new vehicles with full ...
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3 Areas In Your Dealership That Could Use Immediate Improvement

No matter how well your dealership is doing in sales and against the competition, there is always room for growth ...
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Common Problems and Solutions Facing Amazon DSP Fleet Managers

Fuel Costs Vehicle Condition Driver Breaks Driver Location Every day, fleet management handles all sorts of responsibilities to improve overall ...
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/ Business, Fleet, Telematics
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4 Big Management Mistakes For Used Car Sales Managers To Avoid

Being a sales manager at a used car dealership is no easy task. It can be even more of a ...
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4 Hiring Practices That Can Hurt Your Dealership’s Success

Job Descriptions One-sided Interviews Desperation Fact-Checking Your dealership employees are a reflection of your brand. They are who your customer ...
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4 Essential Rules To Nail Reconditioning Every Time

Vehicle QualityParts ChoicesInclude the TeamSpeed and Accuracy You just returned from an auction and acquired a few “new” vehicles. And ...
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5 Tips To Improve Your Reconditioning Process

Running a used car dealership can be incredibly rewarding for both you, your team and customers. But one of the ...
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4 Benefits Of Giving Back To Your Community

4 Benefits Of Giving Back To Your Community

Back in the day, a company would be respected for their involvement in the community. They would be seen in ...
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5 Ways To Give Your Dealership Website A Virtual Facelift

Your website is your first impression for folks looking at dealerships online. Not only is it a representation of your ...
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Establishing Customer Contact

Communication is one of the most important aspects of running a thriving dealership. Customer service is improved, financial operations are ...
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How PDR Software Makes Life Easier For You And Your Customers

While you may see the front-end of your PDR business as the primary force behind profit, you also have to ...
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/ Business, PDR, Product Related, ReconPro, software
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Overtime Rule For Dealerships

Supreme Court rules in favor of dealerships in overtime dispute with Service AdvisorsSA job definitions vary across dealershipsThreat to employee ...
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Positive Online Reviews – The Secret to Protecting Your Dealership’s Reputation

Ask Respond Deliver Incentivize Optimize You rely on positive reviews to drive your business. They come directly from people who’ve ...
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Detailing the Batmobile

Every Car is Somebody's Batmobile People have a special relationship with their vehicles:Trusted and reliable transportValued and valuable possessionA statement ...
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/ Business, Detailing, ReconPro, Repair360
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5 Ways To Create Employee Engagement

Recognition Purpose Leadership Collaboration Make it Special Employees who are fully engaged in their workspace and what they do can ...
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Benefits And Ideas For Video Marketing Your Dealership

People prefer to learn visuallyVisual learners mentally project themselves into the experience they are watchingCreating videos is easier than you ...
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Fleet Managers Face Big Challenges

Operating CostsRepair CostsVehicle AvailabilityMisuseDriver SafetyMore... Being a manager of a fleet operation is no easy task. You’re responsible for heavy-duty ...
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5 Ways To Conquer Your Fear In Decision-Making

As the person responsible for the success of your business, making decisions for your dealership can be a daunting task ...
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5 Ways To Manage Conflict At Your Dealership

Find the CauseStay HumanDocumentEyes on GoalLead by Example Conflict happens everywhere, whether we like it or not. It can be ...
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How Do You Avoid Being Defrauded At Your Dealership?

Whether you work in the service and parts department or new and used car sales, there are fraud risks that ...
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SUVs Are Packing Dealer Lots With More Coming

Nearly half of new vehicles sold are SUVsGrowth continues but seems to be slowingDealers are running out of space as ...
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4 Key Tips For Business Longevity

4 Key Tips For Business Longevity

TeamCommunityCompetitionVision Whether you’re own a dealership or an auto body repair shop, you want your business to be successful. Whether ...
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How To Avoid A Data Breach At Your Dealership

How To Avoid A Data Breach At Your Dealership

Keep What's NeededBe AwareBe PreparedDestroy Before TrashingButton It Up & Lock It Down Last July, almost 47,000 files of factory ...
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How Vehicle Color Affects Depreciation

According to a recent study from https://www.iseecars.com/ on 1.6 million vehicles that are three-years-old, the car’s paint color has a ...
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5 Marketing Tips for Dealerships

Website Improvements Online Chat Video Content Ratings and Reviews Social Media Versatility We live in a digital age where consumers ...
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Make Your Inventory Pop With These Photography Tips For Dealerships

In the automobile industry, your dealership’s website is just as much a first impression as when a potential customer walks ...
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Recon Vendor Management – Multiple Moving Parts and People

For those who manage multiple vehicles through a reconditioning process, like dealerships, fleet managers, auto auctions, and rental companies, employing ...
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Advantages Of Management Software For Your Used Car Dealership

Faster Turn Times Improved Vehicle Volume Better Coordination For used car dealerships, management software is an excellent way to increase ...
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Is Reconditioning Software Still Relevant in 2019?

If you’re staring at a desk surrounded by sticky notes and stacks of papers, wake up! It’s 2019! It’s no ...
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Customer Service For Dealerships: Why Your Efficient Dealership Process Is Inefficient

Setting Expectations Reducing Customer Upset Service Advisor is Key If there’s one thing that dealerships have in common, it’s that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How To Market Your PDR Business Online

Website Social Media Search Content Email Online marketing includes any methods and promotional strategies a business will execute on the ...
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5 Simple and Effective Ways To Earn Customer Loyalty for your PDR Business

5 Simple and Effective Ways To Earn Customer Loyalty for your PDR Business

Customer Service Communication Incentives Honesty Innovation New customers are exciting for any business. Sales are the lifeblood of the company ...
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Why Choosing ReconPro Helps You Claim Your Life Back

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 ...
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Watch For These Used Vehicle Trends Through 2019

Watch For These Used Vehicle Trends Through 2019

 > Sales mostly flat  > New vehicle prices spur more Used vehicle shoppers  > Increased Used inventory means larger depreciation ...
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Wheel Repair

8 Common Challenges in Small/Mobile Wheel Repair Operations

Wheel Repair shops can range in size from 1 or 2-person garage-based or mobile services to large multi-site franchise and ...
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How Reconditioning Software Reduces Your Time To Market

How Reconditioning Software Reduces Your Time To Market

With each year, more and more dealerships are adapting to the latest and greatest technology. They’re doing this to increase ...
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Tariffs Are Still The Biggest Threat To New Car Dealerships In 2019

With the agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA), some of the previous tariffs’ impact has been erased ...
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3 Best Perks of PDR Software in Your Back-Office Operations

Even in 2019, there are still quite a few PDR businesses out there that rely on out-of-date processes in their ...
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Auto Dealerships Will Be Just Fine In 2019

According to NADA News, Senior Economist for NADA, Patrick Manzi, said trends are looking good for both new and used ...
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Best Software For PDR Commissions

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 ...
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Why Your Dealership Should Prioritize Convenience And Transparency

Why Your Dealership Should Prioritize Convenience And Transparency

According to Dealership News, research from a Cox Automotive Service Industry Study showed dealerships are losing out on roughly $266 ...
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How Finance & Insurance Helped Dealerships In 2018

How Finance & Insurance Helped Dealerships In 2018

It looks like Finance & Insurance were great for dealerships last year. In fact, prepaid maintenance programs (38.9%) and vehicle ...
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Four Tips to Keep Customers Coming Back to Your Dealership

Four Tips to Keep Customers Coming Back to Your Dealership

In 2019, dealerships have a lot of competition when it comes to returning buyers, servicing, and simple repairs. However, if ...
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NADA Chairman Says Dealerships Need To Be Active “Now More Than Ever”

NADA Chairman Says Dealerships Need To Be Active “Now More Than Ever”

According to NADA News, the new NADA Chairman, Charlie Gilchrist, strongly recommended that franchise-owned dealerships need to be active in ...
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When Should You Update Your PDR Workflow Process?

When Should You Update Your PDR Workflow Process?

It’s challenging knowing exactly when you should update your workflow process. But if you’re finding that vehicle repair cycles are ...
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Retired NADA Chairman Says Dealerships Are Writing The Future

Retired NADA Chairman Says Dealerships Are Writing The Future

Recently in a speech in San Francisco, now retired NADA Chairman, Wes Lutz, advocated for dealerships in America to fully ...
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3 Ways To Improve Your PDR Business

3 Ways To Improve Your PDR Business

Whether you’re a traditional collision repair shop or a PDR business, it can be challenging adjusting your workflow. Even within ...
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Best Auto Dealer Management Software Picks For 2019

Best Auto Dealer Management Software Picks For 2019

If you’re reading this, you’re likely aware of all of the moving parts involved when running an auto dealership. Complications ...
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What Does ReconMonitor Offer Used Car Dealerships?

ReconMonitor is a software solution from AMT that establishes an early warning system to help your used car dealership control ...
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Streamline Reconditioning To Improve Your Throughput

After a car is purchased at auction, the average reconditioning process will take anywhere between seven and ten days. But ...
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6 Best Reasons For Your PDR Business To Go Paperless

The automotive industry is changing every year. In the past several years, PDR has become more and more about time ...
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What Can PDR Software Do For Your Back-Office Operations?

What Can PDR Software Do For Your Back-Office Operations?

While your front-end operations are where the money is made in PDR, your back-office can make or break how efficient ...
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Press Release: NIADA Partnership

AutoMobile Technologies Partners With NIADA to Help Dealerships Create and Manage CPO Inspections Custom Software for NIADA Members Enables Digital ...
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8 Trends Your Dealership Should Pay Attention To In 2019

8 Trends Your Dealership Should Pay Attention To In 2019

Sedans Losing Popularity Electric Vehicles Gaining Popularity Self-Driving Vehicles Become More Common Artificial Intelligence Integrations Subscription Plans Electric Systems Will ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to Adapt to the Changing Recon Industry

How to Adapt to the Changing Recon Industry

Discover and remove bottlenecks in your operation Fight the blindness of habit Even small improvements are progress Management Software can ...
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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 ...
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Used Vehicles Bring Penske Record Earnings

"...consolidated reconditioning locations and double discounting played a role in the company’s record earnings." When companies get their reconditioning working ...
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Press Release: EchoPark Automotive

EchoPark Automotive Selects AMT Software to Manage Its Massive Reconditioning Operations ReconMonitor's workflow and process management helps maintain efficiencies for ...
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Print From Anywhere with Your Apple or Android Mobile Device

Wireless printing is widely available Print directly from a mobile device even without an internet connection Works on most wi-fi ...
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