In the retail world, the point of sale (POS) is where the transaction takes place. Auto repair POS software allows the business to prepare a detailed customer invoice quickly. It is also used to track inventory movements and other financial aspects. The keys to today's POS systems are reliability, ease of use, speed, attractive initial cost, remote support and more.
POS systems are not new. They date back to the early 1990s. At that time, the retail business was reasonably generic; this has changed dramatically. Auto repair businesses today take full advantage of low-cost computing power, coupled with effective POS systems.
POS systems are far from being generic. They have evolved into digital devices that cater to specific businesses. The system used by a car wash operator or a quick-lube facility is very different than that used by restaurants. Although this is true, none have lost sight of what is essential, which is to provide a quick and comfortable transaction for the customer.
When used in the auto repair business, the system can match the car with the available in-shop inventory of parts and make recommendations. Take the quick lube business as an example. The correct type of oil and viscosity, as well as the right oil filter, can be instantly identified.
Before the advent of inexpensive computers and POS systems, repair shop management had to rely on printed material that specified what was needed. This system, although it worked, was cumbersome and the correct information was slow to retrieve.
POS software provides operators everything they need to do the job. The software is so sophisticated that engine details can be accessed by entering the vehicle identification number (VIN). With instant retrieval, auto repair shops, quick lube operations, and car washes can gather all the information they need to get the job done right and to get the customer back on the road.