If you own an auto shop, it may be time to consider software that can help you manage daily needs, as well as reporting and more. There are seemingly endless possibilities, making it tough to choose just one that will take care of everything. Therefore, you should understand what these programs do, what features you require, and more.
If you already have a system, you don't necessarily want to nix all that and start afresh. Therefore, it's best to consider auto software that promises to integrate with your current system, though it may not do so fully.
What this means is that when you buy and download the new program, it will either take information from current systems and use it in the new one, or at least work in the background with all the other programs currently set to run while doing business.
Many auto software solutions can fully automate certain things, such as appointment scheduling, reminder calls/emails, and more. They may also allow you to text the customer or let the client text you, making the process much simpler. Likewise, you can find some companies that offer to create an app with your logo and images. It can do everything from schedule appointments to give helpful information, primarily connecting you with your customers on a technological level.
Of course, the price is always a concern when dealing with new products. However, instead of looking at how much you have to shell out, try to determine what your ROI will be from the product. If the cost amounts to a couple of repair orders, which you see in a week, it could be well worth it, especially if it helps you attract new customers.
Next, you need to determine if the auto software will do what you need or have the features you want. If you need something to help generate reports, but it only offers a texting or ticketing service, it won't help you with your primary objectives. Likewise, it's important that you can test the product to ensure that it will do what it says or promises. You don't want to buy something that doesn't work or doesn't do what you thought it would because that's a waste of money.