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Is Reconditioning Software Still Relevant in 2019?

Too much paperworkIf you’re staring at a desk surrounded by sticky notes and stacks of papers, wake up! It’s 2019! It’s no wonder you’re backlogged when you can’t even find the invoice for yesterday’s customer.

But somehow even with all the hours spent on invoices and paperwork after a long workday, many repair business owners and technicians take more comfort in this chaos rather than adopting a new method. The problem with that comfort zone is it’s virtually impossible nowadays to keep track of the repairs, check-in with your customers, and keep the business coming with increasing revenues. It’s frankly, well, not wise for these SMART repair shops to be using out of date methods for managing a business when even the way a technician approaches a car repair has gone through significant changes over the past few years.

Perhaps the fear of change is because many of these programs have often been designed without the mindset of the typical auto repair shop owner and its technicians. They’re often very complex and require specific training.

This is why AMT created a simple yet powerful software solution that eliminates the paperwork and helps make you more profitable. The software comes with all the features you need to be in command and control of your work, from PDR and hail damage estimating to an invoicing system that seamlessly integrates with your accounting software.

When it comes to reconditioning, the top 4 things that a thriving repair operation needs to keep track of are:

  1. Estimating the cost of the service
  2. Managing the front and back-end operations, including overseeing your technicians and making sure everything is running on schedule
  3. Billing and invoicing
  4. Serving your customers well = generating more profit

SMART Repair is all about doing the most effective job in the least amount of time to keep a steady money flow. Sticky notes and dry-erase boards may have worked before. But why be running your shop with limits when you can be limitless? AMT’s Automotive Repair Software manages over $139 Million in monthly repairs and estimates across over 23,000 repairs daily!

Go ahead and schedule your demo today!

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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 opportunity to grow and nurture your business. But when managing the business, it’s easy to find yourself drowning when scheduling repairs and answering service requests. There are always arduous tasks preventing a smooth business operation, affecting your own sanity as a business owner while keeping customers happy.

Luckily for PDR/Hail and SMART repair professionals, there are software programs designed to enhance your ability to compete within your industry and come out on top. Not all programs are designed equally, though, and many businesses are left with a half-functioning system that only slows their process down.

 

Why Choosing ReconPro Helps you Win

ReconPro was designed by AMT’s engineers with the mobile repair professional’s needs in mind. Born from a love and understanding of the Automotive industry, the ReconPro app offers a seamless integration from inspection to invoice. One of the many unique benefits of ReconPro is its efficiency with service requests and scheduling. These two aspects of auto reconditioning are the backbone of your business. So, why not have a streamlined process?  

If your mobile repair business is hired to do work for a dealership, the scheduling automation lets you show them how efficient your reconditioning process is right from the start. Say a major hail storm cuts through town and a dealership contacts you with hundreds of vehicles needing repairs. Their typical reconditioning jobs take weeks, but your company can cut the repair time down to days. This shows your technicians and business are efficient, organized, and can complete large-scale reconditioning quickly. You’ll pick up more jobs simply because you have a process that actually works.

 

The Balance

Service Requests, scheduling repairs, and managing schedule updates are traditionally riddled with their own separate documents or multiple email threads. ReconPro allows for everything to be completed in one location, providing the perfect balance of administrative tasks and actually working on the business. Once a service request is completed, you can assign work orders and take care of scheduling technicians to complete tasks within the software. You can manage customers, jobs, staff time and attendance, accounting, invoices, and more. Once a car is in the system, it is being tracked. You can see what’s not moving, reassign orders, and review your technicians’ work to stay on top of how long certain repairs should take.

 

ReconPro lets you spend more time on what makes the business successful – the repairs. From initial inspection, to documenting damage, to work approvals sending an invoice, ReconPro completes and submits information in an accurate and organized manner. Every job is unique – No dent is the same, no two customers are the same. You can adjust ReconPro to fit your customer’s pricing arrangements, approval process, and even the paperwork process to fit your client’s needs. AMT invites you to request a free demo of ReconPro to see how it enhances your PDR/Hail or SMART repair business.

Advantages of the Trade Tariffs for the Reconditioning Industry

Increased prices on new cars and parts spur greater reconditioning investment

The reconditioning industry has been experiencing a huge boon in 2018. This is partially a result of the 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminum placed by the US on Canada, Mexico, China, and the European Union. And while automobile manufacturers and new car dealerships are scrambling, the reconditioning industry is popping as consumers continue to drive and maintain their vehicles longer.

According to V12Data, the reconditioning industry is forecasted to reach $722.8 billion by 2020. So while there are legitimate concerns surrounding the increased costs for manufacturers driving up the price of new cars, things are looking up for anyone working in reconditioning.

The automobile industry is still profiting despite the impact of the tariffs, but there’s an air of anxiety that increased prices may be discouraging consumer purchases. V12Data reports the average age of vehicles out on the road in 2018 is 11.5 years old. So while decreased new car purchases may be a result, the older age of cars means consumers are spending more to keep their vehicles up and running.

According to the International Trade Administration and Washington Post’s, Heather Long, 79% of all steel and 90% of all aluminum are imported into the U.S. Beyond that, automobile brands such as Honda, Nissan, and Toyota are manufactured in Canada, Mexico, and Europe before being shipped into the U.S. Essentially, this means both vehicles and car parts imported into the U.S. cost more under the current set of tariffs– impacting domestic brands like Jeep, Chevrolet, and Ford, as well.

Despite the worries, many PDR and SMART Repair practitioners are seeing increased growth now more than ever, with 75% of reconditioning in the United States done by independent, and domestic auto repair shops. To put it simply, the tariffs aren’t doing car manufacturers or new car dealerships any favors; but they’re helping the reconditioning business become heavy hitters in the marketplace. As new car prices rise, drivers are inspired to operate and maintain their vehicles for decades at a time.

Even prior to the current administration’s tariffs, the reconditioning industry has been increasingly popular. SMART Repair practitioners receive business for dent removal, windshield chip repair, paint correction, wheel repair, and detailing. In comparison, dealerships, outside of vehicle purchases, mostly receive business for tire rotations, oil changes, air filters, and car washes. So, SMART operations are providing consumers with a lot more options when it comes to vehicle maintenance.

And beyond that, there’s an incentive for consumers to seek out SMART Repair professionals because they are driving and maintaining vehicles for increasingly longer periods of time. So with the tariffs on manufacturing, new cars, and OEM parts, the reconditioning industry has been steadily growing in popularity among owners of used and older cars. So if the trends continue, reconditioning will remain incredibly profitable for years to come.

AMT is committed to helping reconditioning professionals maintain and grow their business for optimal results. With owners willing to invest in keeping their vehicles in good condition, demand for recon and cosmetic services will become more active. Managing your workflow and employees to capitalize on that demand is crucial for your operation. We can help.

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