As point of sale technology becomes increasingly prevalent, we’re seeing more industry specialization with regard to POS software. One industry—among many—where this is happening is the automotive industry, and POS options for auto shop owners are on the rise. Let’s look at a couple of them.
One company specializing in automotive POS software is Auto Shop Controller, which offers both Windows-based and web-based options. Version 12.5 of their desktop option is currently available, and includes the following features: instant credit card processing; easy-to-read drop-down menus; an improved security interface; employee management; CarFax integration that includes access to vehicle maintenance records; compatibility with digital signature pads—eliminating the need to store huge numbers of credit card receipts.
Try reading all the above in one breath—obviously, this software is not lacking in features. But there’s more! Another feature with great utility is the software’s ability to keep a detailed record of all work performed on specific vehicles; it can even generate reminders for customers when their vehicles are due for upkeep. The software also integrates Wheeoo, a fascinating-sounding social networking site that connects people on the bases of the vehicles they drive.
One thing Auto Shop Controller does not currently offer, however, is mobile POS software. Few companies do; automotive POS software does not appear to have become widely mobile—at least not yet. Let’s check on that in a year or two. But, many other companies do also offer web and/or desktop-based software. For auto shop owners, FindTheBest may be a good place to start researching; the site lists thirty-eight different automotive POS software options. Some of these options exclusively deal with automotive POS, others serve a range of industries. Additionally, you can further filter search results to fit the needs of your specific business. For example, you can filter by the size of your business, or particular software capabilities like bar code scanning or maintaining customer histories.
One promising-sounding option is offered by Windward Software. Some key aspects of their automotive POS software: simplifying and tracking customized orders, including issuing reminders so that a customized item is not accidently sold to someone other than the person who ordered it; tracking specific mechanic’s labor hours; warranty claim tracking; and a virtual warehouse.
Free trials of Auto Shop Controller’s software are available at their website. The same goes for Windward. And for those who absolutely need a mobile automotive POS solution, one option worth investigating is DealerClick. They appear to cater primarily to dealers—many of their software’s features have to do with selling, leasing and renting vehicles. But, their software also includes parts and services management, which could be useful. Fortunately, DealerClick also offers a free trial. So, feel free to try out multiple options before committing to any particular system.
Written by Alex Mehler
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