ReconPro Back Office Update (September 18, 2018)

Generate a new report to analyze repair location statistics, print a list of invoices, export zero-dollar invoices to QuickBooks, and many improvements:

New Features

  • Repair Location Statistics Report
  • Print a list of invoices
  • Export zero-dollar invoices to QuickBooks

Improvements

  • Showing updated commissions in the Technician Commissions (New) report
  • Improvements in Tech Commissions By Paid Date and Client Area report
  • Filter invoices by client area
  • Showing correct phase time in Repair Cycle Time, Repair Location Statistics, and Vehicle Time Tracking reports

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ReconPro mobile app 2.16.7 for iOS devices

Use a new setting that defines whether available and selected services must be displayed in a single list or separate lists.

New Features

  • Turn on showing available and selected services

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ReconPro mobile app 2.16.6 for iOS devices

Easily switch between available and selected services by tapping the appropriate buttons on the Services screen of service requests, inspections, and work orders.

New Features

  • Switch between available and selected services

Fixed Issues

  • There was an issue with downloading large size images
  • Incorrect amount was shown in Work Order by Employee Report due to technician split applied to percentage services.
  • Question form answers could not be saved on the Monitor screen for services with required vehicle parts.
  • Copy option from the Paint Code field was shown by mistake in the Tech field on the Vehicle screen.

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ReconPro mobile app 2.16.5 for iOS devices

Print invoices with question form answers from related work orders or inspections and print work orders with question form answers from related inspections

Improvements

  • Showing question form answers of related entities on invoice and work order printouts

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ReconPro mobile app 3.3.8 for Android devices

Create draft inspections and work orders; accept invoice payments made by cash, check, PO, and RO; change customer in saved inspections; avoid duplicate work orders:

New Features

  • Save inspections and work orders as draft
  • Apply Cash/Check or PO/RO payment to invoices
  • Change inspection customer
  • Specify vehicle’s owner
  • Check for VIN duplicates in invoiced work orders

Improvements

  • Automatic logout after closing the app or updating data
  • Wrapping long lines in vehicle part lists

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Repair360 mobile app 3.3.8

Accept invoice payments made by cash, check, PO, and RO; change customer in saved inspections, specify vehicle’s owner, avoid duplicate work orders:

New Features

  • Apply Cash/Check or PO/RO payment to invoices
  • Change inspection customer
  • Specify vehicle’s owner
  • Check for VIN duplicates in invoiced work orders

Improvements

  • Wrapping long lines in vehicle part lists

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ReconPro Back Office Update (September 4, 2018)

Configure sending automatic email and SMS reminders to technicians who didn’t take a break for more than four hours, and vehicle owners who didn’t schedule a repair appointment after estimate.

New Features

  • Turn on ‘Take a break’ reminder for timesheet types
  • Configure sending post inspection repair reminders
  • Configure auto-completion of invoiced repair orders

Improvements

  • Configure calculating commissions based on client’s area
  • Access to vendor bills for area administrators
  • Show tax services below all other types of services on inspection and work order printouts
  • Show the Order Date column on invoice printouts
  • Exclude service level discount/fees from the Net amount of money and labor services
  • Technicians are not displayed for percentage services on printouts
  • You can now edit inspections even if they do not use HTML printing

Fixed Issues

  • There was an issue with calculation of technician split for percentage services added to price matrix vehicle parts.

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Repair360 mobile app 3.3.7

Use vehicle layout images for visual inspections of vehicle exterior and interior, create work orders from multiple inspections, set a default price for zer0-price services, and more:

New Features

  • Use vehicle layout images for visual inspections
  • Create work orders from multiple inspections
  • Set a default price for zero-price services

Improvements

  • Showing services based on Back Office sorting
  • Showing quick notes based on Back Office sorting
  • Time format in labor services has been truncated to one decimal place

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ReconPro Back Office Update (August 21, 2018)

Set up integration with TheftPatrol, configure secure token-based authentication for NetSuite integration, mark vehicle owner’s fields as required, and much more:

New Features

  • TheftPatrol Integration
  • Set vehicle owner’s fields as required
  • Token-based authentication for NetSuite integration

Improvements

  • Improvements in the Parts Ordering form
  • Exclude archived inspections from the Inspection List report
  • Showing invoice notes in Statement Report

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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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