How Sloppy Timekeeping Can Lead to Lawyers

We like an article posted recently on smartauto.repair that discussed some of the hidden pitfalls of poor recordkeeping for businesses.

You could be blindsided by current or former employees, and if you don’t have all your records in shape, it could be very costly. Read the article here.

 

Chasing Hail? Don’t leave town without these must-have PDR tools

Business Management Software for This Season and Beyond

For technicians fixing hail damage on the road, the season is in full swing. The season has shaped up to be an epic year for hail in many regions. This could be a big year even for retail PDR and SMART repair shops who don’t hit the road.

Whether you are on the road or not, take a few moments to consider a few tools you may have heard about but haven’t put into practice yet in your business. I’m talking about mobile estimating and invoicing tools such as our two mobile apps, Repair360 and ReconPro.

 

Repair360 – Mobile Estimate and Invoicing Software

Designed to get any auto reconditioning company or PDR technician up and running with basic

mobile estimates, work orders, and invoicing designed to put an end to wasted time spent on administrative paperwork tasks that are required in running your business. Best of all, this product is completely free for single users and available on iOS from the Apple app store or Android from the Google Play store.

What is Repair360 and what does it do?

An easy-to-use phone app, with Repair360, you can log in cars as you work on them, take pre-inspection notes and photos, create and email estimates, work orders, invoices and more all from your preferred mobile device.

Have more than one technician working for you? An easy upgrade to our paid version Repair360, which grants you the ability to manage multiple technicians and integrate with your accounting system, too.

Repair360 Product Features:

  • VIN Scanning and Decoding
  • Customer Record Management
  • Photo and Video Inspections that attach to work orders at the line-item level, on-device Approvals
  • Invoicing, and Back Office systems
  • Customer records, Invoicing, and payments all accessed from the software.
  • Software integration with the popular QuickBooks Online accounting package available
  • Payment Processing integration

Note: Integrations with additional accounting systems from QuickBooks, Sage, etc., as well as Dealer and Bodyshop Management Systems are available with ReconPro.

The app is self-contained, so it works with or without Internet access and can print to most printers, even without an Internet connection.

 

ReconPro – Advanced Business Software for Recon Professionals

Are you running a larger operation than Repair360 can handle? Step up to ReconPro, our mobile management tool purpose-built for Auto Recon Professionals.

With a few clicks from any handheld device, you can document prior damage, create invoices, get PO’s, and streamline back-office operations like payroll and accounting, allowing you to spend less time on managing the business, and more time working on the business.

ReconPro Product Features

  • Vin Decoder – Includes trim, paint code lookup, vehicle recalls
  • R&I Labor Times for fully informed estimates
  • Advanced Commissions – Calculate Flat Rate, % Gross / Net, Tired Commissions, Splits
  • Duplicate Vin Detection to avoid duplicate records
  • Full Service Menu Control -Create a service menu specific to each account
  • Customer Specific Pricing – Set, adjust, and control even the most complex pricing models
  • Service Requests – Dispatch & Scheduling
  • Estimate Approvals – On device, via web or quick link
  • Integrations – Connect directly to many popular dealer and shop management systems, including CDK,  Mitchell, Audatex, and CCC
  • Team Collaboration – Share Inspections, Work orders, or Invoices across teams
  • Configurable Print Templates – Your custom business identity and layouts in hard copy
  • Configurable Email Templates – Your custom branding and layouts in emails
  • Real-time Reporting – Data at your fingertips lets you know your numbers anytime
  • Full visibility and control
  • Fully mobile – on your iOS or Android devices
  • Step-by-step automation
  • The most detailed reports on the market
  • Easy integration with QuickBooks
  • No need for IT staff to install or maintain

Regardless of whether you are a one-man operation, or responsible for teams of PDR techs, isn’t it time you stepped into the world of mobile management and invoicing? Schedule a demo with AutoMobile Technologies today!

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

AMT-CDK Logos

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

AutoMobile Technologies Changes the Game with the Launch of Repair360

October 17, 2017 – Automobile Technologies (AMT) has officially launched Repair360™, a free mobile invoice app designed to help solo and smaller auto repair and reconditioning businesses manage customers and workflows digitally. Built on the same robust platform as their flagship ReconPro™ software, Repair360 mobile app includes essential tools for managing customer and vehicle records, performing inspections with photo and video integration, creating work orders, obtaining approvals, generating invoices and recording payments on any supported mobile device.  The app is completely free for a single user, with a modest monthly fee for an expanded version including team management and accounting integration. 

Repair360 Inspection ScreenEvery automotive repair and reconditioning business should be able to digitally manage customers, estimates, work orders, invoicing and payments” says Paul Maximov, Founder and President of AMT, “This eliminates paper, reduces errors, and allows them more freedom to focus on the customers and the work that generates revenue for the business. While other companies may charge for similar software, we believe these are essential tools that should be available to all for free, forever, in the interest of improved business operations, customer experience, and to generally raise the bar for the Automotive Industry.

The Repair360 app is available for free download for IOS devices via the App Store, and for Android devices via Google Play Store. Users who set up Repair360 Free have the option to upgrade to the paid version as needed.

About AutoMobile Technologies:
AMT offers a modular cloud platform with mobile apps for estimating, invoicing, vendor monitoring and repair tracking.  AMT’s premium software editions, InspectionNotes, ReconMonitor, and ReconPRO were developed to monitor cycle time and manage any inspection, reconditioning or repair process.  

 

Repair360 Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPadMaAFWZ8

Repair360 Website: https://repair360.com

AutoMobile Technologies Website: https://amt.company

For more information: sales@automobiletechnologies.com  888-600-6898

Give Your Customers Access To Their Data!

Enabling your customers to have access to their inspections, estimates, work orders, invoices, sales reports, vehicle history, and service advisor commissions not only increases sales, and service it also reduces the amount of time needed to service even your most demanding customers.

Utilizing the client user functionality within ReconPRO™, and ReconMonitor™ your company can easily provide your wholesale customers access to their data within seconds. The best part is that clients can approve estimates, pull up old invoices, track sales performance, review vehicle history, and monitor work order progress every step of the way.

If you would like to learn more about the client user functionality within ReconPRO™ or ReconMonitor™ please contact us today to schedule a demo.

 

3 Things You Should Know when Buying PDR Software

What is PDR Software? (Paintless Dent Removal Software) is software specifically designed to help Paintless Dent Removal companies to eliminate the challenges associated with creating manual inspections, estimates, work orders, and invoices and getting this information back to the office. However, the problem that many PDR companies have is that they have problems finding mobile and office based software that fits all the various parts of their business.

Here are 3 things you should look for before you buy PDR Software:

1. Workflow – Find a solution that can accommodate the workflow for all of the scenarios within your business.

Some of those scenarios include: (Retail Operations, Wholesale Accounts, Retail Hail, Wholesale Hail, Fixed Operations)

2. Reports – Don’t forget about the reports! Aside from accommodating different workflow scenarios PDR Software (Paintless Dent Removal Software) needs to provide reporting access so that mobile tech’s are not only able to create paperless invoices, estimates, work orders, and invoices but also provide business mangers, office users, accountants, customers, and technician access to all of the information they need.

3. Integration – Ensure that the software solution you choose can integrate into your accounting package, estimate system, body shop management system, merchant service account, time and attendance software, etc.

If you would like to learn more about PDR Software, please click on the below button and contact us today!