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Automotive Shop Management Software
Posted December 12, 2011 - 10:05 AM
We put about $100k into our shop, which is no small amount. However, it's actually about $50k short of where we should be. One of the things we have not been able to acquire is shop management software like Mitchell's or RO Writer. I think it's very important . But how badly are we hurt by not having it on the front end?
Posted December 12, 2011 - 12:09 PM
Posted April 16, 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted April 16, 2012 - 07:34 PM
I am currently using a really old system called Service Expert EZ that CCI/Triad put out about 12 years ago. I love the program. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles of others but they is exactly what I like about it. It is simple to use & does everything that I need. BUT, it only runs on Window 98. So at the moment I am running a virtual pc on 98 on an XP computer, but would like to get a new computer in the near future. So I have been looking into different management softwares, like Mitchell & Activant service writer. Service writer worked other than I could not go back into the invoices to see information like profit, vendor, etc. Mitchell had too much involved just do a simple invoice. I looked on the RO writer website, but I didn't see any demo information other than having a saleman coming in to show it. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Don, I also had Service Expert, it was a great system. The reason I switched to Mitchell was that we were told at the time that CCI/Triad would not support or enhance the program any longer. I do like Mitchell, but not happy with the progression of the features, it seems like they stalled in that area. They have great support and the new SE version works great with online part ordering. I would take a look at Mitchell, Max Tracs and any other program. It's not an easy choice and there is no program that will suit all your needs unless somone builds it for you. Good luck!
Posted April 20, 2012 - 06:53 AM
We started our shop about 2.5 years ago, and had an even lower front-end budget. We pinched every penny we could on the front end and kept our debt very low. One of the ways we did this is by using Quickbooks Premier as our operating system. It has good inventory controls and is very easy to massage into automotive use. Cost was less than $300 for 1 license on Amazon and no other fees. Since we use Intuit for payroll, we have to update the software every 3 years. If I can help or answer any questions, let me know
I would encourage you to keep you debt low and buy what you have to have on the front end and add to it from a "wish-list" as you grow. Slow and steady wins the race. We were profitable after 5 months and continue to grow at a steady rate. Take good care of your customers. They are the best for of advertising available and the cost is low!
By the way, we could use some good Memphis BBQ!
Kelly & Stan's Automotive
Posted October 20, 2012 - 08:39 AM
Posted October 22, 2012 - 12:10 PM
Posted October 25, 2012 - 02:04 AM
with all the feedbacks from the beginning of this thread, i thought i'd be able to make an easy choice, but none of them are avalaible in french (i'd rather pick a a software discussed here, but i don't want to get into trouble with local laws, nor with picky customers).
so i'll have to analyse locally developped french software, but they're all on a monthly fee basis, i prefer to buy once.
Posted November 01, 2012 - 08:04 PM
This is my first post on the forum but I am a long time lurker! I just wanted to chime in about Baymaster. Great software, EXCELLENT support! You get tons of capability for a reasonable price.
Thanks, a demo is headed my way. GLAD you decided to join. Don't be a lurker any longer.
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