In our digital age, we rely on software and digital innovations to help us run our lives and our businesses. The best software will help you manage your product database and track your customer information, ensuring that your day-to-day business runs as efficiently as possible. But how do you make sure you're getting what you need out of it? Here are key elements to look for in an auto shop management software.
All of the Elements of a Good Auto Shop Management Software
Perhaps the most important aspect of an effective auto shop management software is that it is easy-to-use. How can you determine whether or not your staff will struggle with the software, without spending time, money, and resources putting it into action? Here are some features to keep in mind:
- User-friendly interface
- Cloud-based data
- Mobile friendly platform
- Multi-tasking and shortcut abilities
Your auto shop management software should empower your shop to drive and track more sales. If you’re on the market for a new software, you should be looking for a platform that will allow you to manage your customer profile (such as their purchase history, vehicle data, and VIN/Carfax integration).
If you specialize in tire sales, look for a platform that offers built-in tire fitment data and TPMS info. It is helpful if your software can integrate tire wholesaler information and record/register DOT numbers. If your shop focuses more on repair, you should look for a software with EPICOR and IAP integration, as well as flowcharting capabilities for managing inspections.
The best software will also allow you to easily store and manage your shop’s inventory information. Some key elements to this extent include:
- Inventory receipts and count
- The ability to transfer inventory between locations
- Allows you to set minimums and maximums at both the company and individual store levels
- An automatic pricing matrix
- Labor pricing capabilities
Of course, all of these capabilities are virtually useless without the ability to run reports and look for ways to optimize your day-to-day. A good software will allow you to easily run reports such as:
- Daily reports
- Up-sale information
- Inventory reports
- Sales Analysis
- Customer Analysis
- Tax Analysis
When it's time to invest in a good auto shop management software, it should encompass most, if not all, of these features and capabilities. Use this guide as a way to ensure you're making the most of your investment, and ultimately improving your tires shop's bottom line.