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Auto Repair Shops Embrace Paperless Technology

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Our Shop Talk Blog shares the insider advice needed to increase profits & efficiency. Learn what's working right now for repair shops all across the country.

Is your automotive repair shop inundated with paper? Paper inspections, paper invoices … paper everywhere.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our suite of add-on automotive software solutions fully integrate with shop management systems and enable repair technicians and shop advisors to carry out common paper-and-pencil tasks on mobile devices, dramatically reducing paper use.

With our mobile technology you can ask a customer to electronically sign to authorize repair work. You can then carry out a digital multi-point inspection of a customer’s vehicle without writing down a single note.

Besides the obvious advantages of saving trees and helping businesses to operate with a more environmentally-friendly footprint and less waste, going paperless with our Mobile Manager Pro and Welcome Station Kiosk software solutions means greater business efficiency, increased productivity, higher revenues and more accurate data capture.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans contribute to 85 million tons of paper ending up in the waste stream and more than 400 million ink and 100 million toner cartridges being dumped in landfills yearly. Add in the fact that the average U.S. officer worker prints 10,000 pages of paper per year and it’s clear that going paperless, or at least cutting back on paper and printing use, is beneficial.

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‘Going green’ with mobile technology

Traditional repair shop functions such as vehicle inspections, estimates and the building of repair orders were, until recently, carried out in a tedious handwritten format. Tasks relied almost exclusively on a technician’s ability to correctly write a 17-digit vehicle identification number, for instance, and for those symbols to be legible for the service advisor, who most likely had to enter the information into the shop management system.

Now, with revolutionary mobile technology disrupting the automotive repair industry, technicians can, within seconds, scan and decode vehicle identification numbers, license plates and more. These digital capabilities mean paper-and-pencil inspections and repair orders are moving toward technology extinction in the same way as typewriters. In addition, the need to have paper copies of automotive repair orders is dwindling as more and more vehicle owners prefer text or email notifications.

Mobile technology has helped repair shops easily cut 10 steps from desktop functions, saving technicians several minutes per repair order and freeing up shop staff to handle higher customer volumes while keeping staffing levels flat.

Also, integrating digital capabilities with texting helps businesses to work more efficiently. Empowering the vehicle owner to easily flip through vehicle photos and view estimates, inspections, work orders and more from their mobile device has been proven to reduce customer approval time by more than 50 percent, meaning it is far less likely for vehicles to be removed from lifts only to be re-added hours later once customers are reached.

For a growing number of the nation’s 275,000 independent auto repair shops, going paperless not only makes good environmental sense, it also saves “green” in the process.

To learn more about our mobile technology, call 610-400-1019.

    

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Founded in 2008, BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY has become the leader in shop management solutions, designing cutting-edge software for the Automotive Repair Industry.