Creating vehicle repair estimates is an integral part of running an automotive repair shop. Unless you have a photographic memory, putting together an estimate requires endless phone calls to your local parts supply stores, or searching multiple suppliers websites to gather the information. Fortunately, as technology evolves, so does the technology to create repair estimates. Creating estimates is easier with shop management software.
Integration Tools for Auto Parts Suppliers
We all know the major parts players in the industry, Autozone, o’reilly, Napa, and Transtar to name a few.
Rather than having to call each store to see how many of the item they have in stock and how much it is you can now see the information you need instantly by using integrations to Epicor, WORLDPAC, Transtar, and WHI. Automotive shop management software gives an auto repair shop access to all parts suppliers in one place without ever leaving your computer. Using integrations allow for easy comparison shopping, and helps create the best possible estimate in the shortest time.
Every shop owner knows that the more estimates you produce the more customers you will have. We live in a “right now” world and everyone wants a quick estimate, using software allows you do create estimates quickly.
Using auto shop management software gives service writers, managers, and shop owners the ability to easily order the necessary parts for just about any vehicle.
Along with being able to easily order the necessary parts, the best automotive shop management software includes the ability to monitor profitability, to manage your automotive repair shop inventory, send txt messages to customers and so much more. Every software integration feature is designed to help your shop save time and money.
Estimating Auto Repair Labor and Calculating Time
Another aspect to running automotive and transmission repair shops is estimating labor. Automotive repair shop management software should have a built in labor guide. The labor guide will include the correct amount of hours needed for thousands of automotive repairs. It should include both domestic and foreign vehicles.
Utilizing automotive shop management software to find the correct amount of labor time for each job a huge time saver and money maker for any automotive or transmission shop.
This feature helps an auto repair or transmission shop owner in many ways:-
- Delegate work to the best technician for the job
- Accurately estimate the cost of the job
- Delegate jobs so every technician stays busy throughout the day.
Usually, there are few people within the automotive repair shop who understand how long each automotive repair job should take. Therefore, without a centralized labor guide for all employees, calculating labor is a much slower process.
Those one or two employees have been in the business a long time and have learned through experience and repetition how long certain jobs take. If you are relying on their memory then you are risking your profitability on their ability to remember, and of course when you get a vehicle in that is new to them there is no way they can accurately estimate a job on a vehicle they have never seen.
Someone coming into the business, without much experience could require months (even years) of training to be able to accurately estimate the time requirements for even the most common jobs. Having access to a digital labor guide eliminates that need and allows employees the ability to put estimates together quickly, accurately and profitably.
Creating Auto Repair Estimates
The best automotive shop management software will enable service writers to create estimates faster. Using the software, employees can enter the vehicle’s license plate, which gives you the VIN, this is generally known as Vin Decode, and in the best shop management software it will also show you information on the car such as engine size, and transmission type. Look for an option called “quick estimate” which will allow the employee to choose from a list of drop-down options.
Once the proper job has been chosen, there will be suggested labor hours. Once that selection has been made, your service writer should be able to look up a list of the necessary parts and easily select them. Once that step has been completed, your employee will now have an automotive or transmission repair estimate… in just a few minutes!
This feature alone will save your shop a ton of time. That time can then be utilized to accomplish other tasks, making the most of the money you spend for their hourly wages. When employees are being productive, more money can be made, which makes your business more profitable.
More Efficiency Means More Auto Shop Profit
Running an automotive or transmission shop requires building estimates all day, every day. Using automotive shop management software can make that task much more accurate and go much more quickly. Being able to save time creating accurate estimates allows employees to be more productive. Auto shop software allows your business to run more smoothly and efficiently, which will generate more profits.
The best automotive shop management software streamlines putting estimates together. The labor guide determines the amount of time necessary for a particular job, specifies the necessary parts and pricing, and quickly delivers an accurate estimate. All of that combined together not only streamlines the process, it will increase the profitability of your automotive repair shop.