The shop management system is a powerful business tool for auto shop owners who want to improve their overall performance. Here are some of the main features that will help take your company to the next level.
You no longer need to lose sleep about the extensive number of requests required by your insurance company. Once an estimate has been taken, and the system has opened a repair order, the estimate is scanned by an analyzer component to look for inaccuracies. It will highlight mistakes such as inaccurate estimates, the wrong labor rates or repair processes that were not included in the estimate but should have been. The system will make sure that you are compliant with the criteria of your insurance company.
You will never have to manually order parts again with the shop management system because it automatically does the ordering for you. Once a technician has added a repair order to the system, it will conduct a scan of your inventory to check whether you have the required parts to get the job started. If not, the system will tell you what needs ordering and go ahead make the order.
Instead of being a micro manager and looking over the shoulder of your employees every two seconds, you can make sure they are doing what they are supposed to with the shop management system. It will keep track of your technician’s performance on a daily basis. This will help you to measure profit against labor, and it will also give you something to work with when it comes to performance reviews.
A good shop management system will let you know where your profit is coming from. For example, you may get ten percent of your revenue from a certain insurance provider, or a certain fleet provider. This is important, especially when it comes to marketing, because it provides you with insight concerning where you might need to advertise more.
If you don’t have a shop management system and you are thinking about getting one, it is advised that you go for one that provides a free trial. This will help you decide whether the system works for you before making a financial commitment. It is important to bare in mind that you are bound to a contract with some software companies, and if you decide that the system is not what your store needs, you will have to pay to get out of it.
Tekmetric is offering a free trial with their shop management system, you won’t have to pay anything for the rest of 2018, and you will have access to the system as if you were a paying customer. There is no contract to sign and neither will you have to pay a cancellation fee if you decide that its not for you. This is very rare for a free trial, because the majority of software companies only offer a maximum of 30 days which is nowhere near enough time to determine whether the software is a good match for your company.