Auto repair shops often find themselves tied to a lot of work when it comes to servicing a vehicle. There are papers to be filled, job orders to be written and even the manual storage and filing of service reports can all take a lot of time which could have been otherwise used in other tasks. This will not only reduce the productivity of the shop mechanics but as well as their efficiency.
In order to keep this from happening, auto shops must learn to embrace technology – not only those that have direct relationship with actual vehicle repairs, but also those that have to do with the other tasks usually done in auto repair shops like paperwork. One such technology is automotive software solutions.
With the aid of automotive software solutions, auto shops will be able to increase their productivity by doing away with the other tasks that takes a huge chunk of their time and automating them.
For one, an automotive software solution can reduce the time it takes to complete a customer service form. Instead of having to manually write down every single detail, mechanics and technicians can simply scan license plates and vehicle identification numbers and save them on their database or cross-reference them with their records. Some automotive software solutions will even allow you to take images of the vehicle, and use these as further references for the repairs and estimates.
Automated software solutions can also double the speed at which reports and invoices can be sent to the clients. Instead of having to spend minutes or hours talking to the customer personally or over the phone, mechanics can simply curate their reports and images, draw-up and invoice and send them all to the client through emails or text messages.
Automated software solutions can also help shop managers to be more productive. They can automate job orders and assign or distribute them to the right mechanics without going through lengthy discussions. They can easily pull out reports, service history, invoices and others and easily create a report for filing without having to browse through pages and pages of handwritten notes and memos from the mechanics.
Automation is crucial to improving productivity, and with automation comes time-saving benefits. Now, managers and mechanics should be able to conduct work much quicker, and thus be able to service more vehicles and improve their profits.