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    Complete Auto Reports, LLC
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    701 North Stiles Street, Linden, New Jersey, 07036
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    To provide the auto repair facilities with a simple and mobile way to work.

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  1. We have some more updates coming this week, but for now... we have made a 2 and 1/2 minute video showcasing just how much information you can get access to from our Service Request page. This page helps you get complete access to all necessary customer and vehicle information without having to leave. It also showcases the importance of capturing accurate information once, so it saves you time with each repeat service.
  2. Whether or not we realize it, each shop has a similar workflow process. Like many areas of life, we think that we are all unique in our business strategy. However, reality is we are all very similar, our differences lie in management styles. Our attitude and approach, from employees and customers, defines how we achieve success. Check In Inspection Estimate Building Customer Authorization Work In Progress Completion Follow Up The process, is often hijacked by two elements. The first element is service center employee(s) and their attitude(s) and the second element is the software your business uses. Your employees are your team, and that’s exactly the best way to approach your business. When you look at employees as team members and not as just “the new guy/girl” or “Jack the mechanic who never combs his hair”... everyone’s attitude begins to change. Being a part of a team is a mindset that everyone ‘shares in the responsibility’, everyone is accountable for their role and if one person fails… everyone has failed. This mindset is used to build all types of companies, some of which end up being valued into the billions of dollars. Teams help each other pick up the slack and work with one another to get through personal and professional barriers. The most important thing to remember about the team, is that everyone can have a bad day, week, month or even months. We are all human and too often we forget everyone is going through something. The team element opens the door to communication among the facility and if people are comfortable enough to communicate, they are open to moving past whatever ails them. We are all too quick to give up on someone we have invested an immense amount of time and energy training to our standards. With the right team, dedication is matched on all ends, resulting in happy customers that not only return... they refer. Which lowers acquisition costs and keeps business growth healthy. You can read more about team building here and we also encourage you to search for ideas on team building and how to achieve the optimal team at your auto repair facility. This article originally published in CAR's News Section View full article
  3. Whether or not we realize it, each shop has a similar workflow process. Like many areas of life, we think that we are all unique in our business strategy. However, reality is we are all very similar, our differences lie in management styles. Our attitude and approach, from employees and customers, defines how we achieve success. Check In Inspection Estimate Building Customer Authorization Work In Progress Completion Follow Up The process, is often hijacked by two elements. The first element is service center employee(s) and their attitude(s) and the second element is the software your business uses. Your employees are your team, and that’s exactly the best way to approach your business. When you look at employees as team members and not as just “the new guy/girl” or “Jack the mechanic who never combs his hair”... everyone’s attitude begins to change. Being a part of a team is a mindset that everyone ‘shares in the responsibility’, everyone is accountable for their role and if one person fails… everyone has failed. This mindset is used to build all types of companies, some of which end up being valued into the billions of dollars. Teams help each other pick up the slack and work with one another to get through personal and professional barriers. The most important thing to remember about the team, is that everyone can have a bad day, week, month or even months. We are all human and too often we forget everyone is going through something. The team element opens the door to communication among the facility and if people are comfortable enough to communicate, they are open to moving past whatever ails them. We are all too quick to give up on someone we have invested an immense amount of time and energy training to our standards. With the right team, dedication is matched on all ends, resulting in happy customers that not only return... they refer. Which lowers acquisition costs and keeps business growth healthy. You can read more about team building here and we also encourage you to search for ideas on team building and how to achieve the optimal team at your auto repair facility. This article originally published in CAR's News Section
  4. Hi everyone, have a bunch of updates to share with everyone today. So this month we have: Price Matrix: Fully enabled and functioning. On The Lot shortcut in the left menu: Quickly filter search results by vehicles marked "On The Lot". Smart Batch: Now have the ability to see what items meet smart batch criteria. See if you have any in stock, and replace a current part on the service request with a smart batch part. Search Filters: Can now filter search results through all service requests. Search Filters are: Business Name, Customer Email, Customer Name, License Plate, Part (by part number) Request ID, Title, Vehicle, VIN Photos & Videos Are Now Live Updated: As you fill out recommendations and the service request, any photos or videos taken are now automatically updated to the customer as they are uploaded on your end. That way, if a customer logs in, they can see what you're doing as you're doing it... without waiting for you to send it to them. It allows you to mitigate phone calls like, "Well can you tell me what's going on?". Sure, if you login to CAR, you can see exactly what we're doing and as soon as we determine the root cause, we will provide you with the estimate to review. Print Tech Work Sheet: By demand, many customers have asked to be able to print out work sheets they can leave on the vehicles so technicians can grab and go, we have now enabled that. Exclude Labor Tax Only: Some states only have tax on labor only, while others have parts and labor. We have allowed a function to eliminate any tax calculations based on labor. Quick Start Guide: Want to tinker on your own time? We have now made an 8 step guide on how you can get started on your own., with CAR. We are also incorporating this into the system dashboard along with other tutorials to help you get started doing things and training employees with minimal downtime. Repair Link Access is available through our console for members who ask for it. We can NOT pull information back, but you can build estimates in Repairlinkshop.com right from the service request and submit orders. For the time being, you need to then manually enter the parts if they are already not in the database. Future Development: We have some items coming up in the next few weeks that will further enhance the system and it's use. Among them, prevention of duplicate tickets being created and the ability to copy a job. As we button those feature sets down, we will be sure to let the community know. Copy jobs will really shine with parts searching capabilities. We are also working out plans for Quick Quoting features and many other minor features that will really simplify the process and continually shave seconds of time that will add up to hours and days at the end of each month. Want to try with no commitment? We are offering free upgrades for any plan we have for up to 3 months to any shop that is willing to learn how seeking customer authorization in a structured fashion, which will lead to a serious increase in approvals. We have grown our business by 50% in revenue with this software, in just under 3 years. All because we let the process dictate how the business runs. This isn't a gimmick, this is how to conduct business in the 21st century. Limit your liability and wow your customer with professionalism. Only with CAR.
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  6. Hey everyone, an update on April Fools that isn't foolish. This Month's Progress: Purchase Order Numbers: The CAR ID now transfers to vendor invoices done through PartsTech as the PO number. Making items very easy to identify when ordered through the platform and they show up at the door. Diagnostic Time Option When There Are Rejected Jobs. When closing out a service request that has rejected jobs, the system prompts you to add diagnostic time. The choice is yours ultimately, but it does two things. Acts as a reminder to actually get paid for your time spent, adds the diagnostic time without you having to go back in an edit the ticket. Smart Batches. So we are finishing this, but the premise is live. You can take a batch of parts that are interchangeable and make a smart batch out of them. The easiest way to explain this is through an oil filter. There are a myriad of oil filters that are interchangeable, or sometimes it's the same oil filter with a different part number. Like PF47 vs PF47E. So we designed a system to allow you to tie in the interchangeable parts to work with local inventory. In the photo below, all of those oil filters act as a PF47 when adding then to a service request. So if you added the Motorcraft FL321 and didn't have any in stock, it will tell you that you have the 72 132WS Bosch Filter in stock that is the direct equivalent. Duplicate Part Number Reduction. When adding parts to the local database, it autofills now, so there are less opportunities of entering in duplicate part numbers. Like entering in a part number, 28113-2S000 with the dash vs 28113 2S000 or 281132S000. Just a method to keep the data cleaner, which saves everyone time and money. Minor Fixes: Reduced the size of the "snack bar" to enhance desktop and mobile experience. Currently In Beta: Parts Price Matrix. This has an element included in it that was provided to us by someone who believes in our product and process. This individual provided a mathematical calculation that completely eliminates the sharp drops from Price Ranges. We are so happy with his assistance here, that we can't wait to show you the curve CAR will provide your business in profit, versus the jagged edge drops. Future Development: As we continually close the gaps of features we are missing for larger scale facilities, we are approaching crossroads where we are enabling features based on data that no one can presently do. So we are working on A LOT of things we can't necessarily talk about. What I can say, is that in about 3 months time... you'll be able to replicate a complete service invoice... from your cell phone... while checking in a vehicle... in less than 60 seconds. What we can talk about: We are working on a method to open www.repairlinkshop.com within CAR and submit orders and pull back parts data. We expect to be in beta around June with this. We are working on a method to open repair information within CAR, from Identifix to start. This is a slower moving boat because of the lack of cooperation from data providers in the industry. But we have found some ways to at least get the ball moving with Identifix for now.
  7. Hey @RMF, we are sending you an email with some information about our platform. Thanks for the interest and the kind words.
  8. Thanks for the follow up. Greatly appreciated. Do the replacement sensors look like the OE ones? Autel TS508?
  9. The best advertising comes in the form of referrals, which are usually free but don’t happen overnight. Advertising is perhaps the most confusing part of owning any business, not just an auto repair business. Advertising is, to take your marketing materials and broadcast them in mediums where you anticipate your target audience. The internet has drastically changed advertising as most understand it. We used to think of advertising as the “yellow pages” and newspapers. However today, the yellow pages comes in many different forms these days. All of which promise you the world and few of which will deliver. We recommend taking a broad approach to advertising to test what will draw in the most amount of new business to you. When thinking about how to advertise for your business, below are some suggestions to consider. First, establish a yearly/monthly budget, then to execute a plan. The most important part of your plan is to follow through on asking your new customers how they found you, that way you know what advertising is working. Our advertising model assumes you have a few things in place, as we also discussed in Part 2: website with contact module, Google Business Page, and a Facebook Business Page. We are firm believers that Google’s vast grasp on search is what makes it the king of advertising for now. Most people start their searches on Google, and if you’re not on Google maps and your website hasn’t been crawled by Google… you may not exist. We can argue this until the cows come home, but the truth is they hold a grasp on nearly 80% of all search in the US. Picture 10 people searching for “auto repair in my town”, nearly 8 of them are using Google. It’s much easier and fruitful to advertise to 8 out of 10 than 2 out of 10. We are going to assume you have a $250 budget, the starter plan would be something like this: Google Business Page – Free Facebook Business Page - Free Adwords Campaign through your Google Business Administration Page – Budget Dependent - $100 per month recommended Local Paper Advertising – Prices Vary – Assuming $100 per month This leaves you with $50 left over. Personally, we recommend a service called Yext, however we are unsure of their price these days as they have gone into a "Demo mode". This means they likely introduce you to the price after you’ve demo’d their product. For a one location auto repair business, we believe their estimated price may be over $600 a year, which kind of busts the budget a bit. But once you see how much time their platform can save you… you may reconsider. Yext does a few great things that stand out: They broadcast your correct business information to well over 100 directory systems, including Google and Facebook. They also allow you to make business updates from their platform and broadcast it to all the directories in the network. They manage your inbound reviews from your customers on all those platforms and immediately inform you when you receive them. They allow you to broadcast messages of specials you may want to promote. They link your business website from 100 different directories, instantly giving your business credibility online. The most underrated thing they do… is save you time from trying to log into 100 different directories and fix errors, omissions, and broadcast them all at the push of a button. Can you imagine the time it takes to create 100 different accounts and to regularly check and manage them? We did, so we tested Yext at our founder’s facility and have been a subscriber for well over 5 years now. This article originally published in CAR's News Section
  10. The best advertising comes in the form of referrals, which are usually free but don’t happen overnight. Advertising is perhaps the most confusing part of owning any business, not just an auto repair business. Advertising is, to take your marketing materials and broadcast them in mediums where you anticipate your target audience. The internet has drastically changed advertising as most understand it. We used to think of advertising as the “yellow pages” and newspapers. However today, the yellow pages comes in many different forms these days. All of which promise you the world and few of which will deliver. We recommend taking a broad approach to advertising to test what will draw in the most amount of new business to you. When thinking about how to advertise for your business, below are some suggestions to consider. First, establish a yearly/monthly budget, then to execute a plan. The most important part of your plan is to follow through on asking your new customers how they found you, that way you know what advertising is working. Our advertising model assumes you have a few things in place, as we also discussed in Part 2: website with contact module, Google Business Page, and a Facebook Business Page. We are firm believers that Google’s vast grasp on search is what makes it the king of advertising for now. Most people start their searches on Google, and if you’re not on Google maps and your website hasn’t been crawled by Google… you may not exist. We can argue this until the cows come home, but the truth is they hold a grasp on nearly 80% of all search in the US. Picture 10 people searching for “auto repair in my town”, nearly 8 of them are using Google. It’s much easier and fruitful to advertise to 8 out of 10 than 2 out of 10. We are going to assume you have a $250 budget, the starter plan would be something like this: Google Business Page – Free Facebook Business Page - Free Adwords Campaign through your Google Business Administration Page – Budget Dependent - $100 per month recommended Local Paper Advertising – Prices Vary – Assuming $100 per month This leaves you with $50 left over. Personally, we recommend a service called Yext, however we are unsure of their price these days as they have gone into a "Demo mode". This means they likely introduce you to the price after you’ve demo’d their product. For a one location auto repair business, we believe their estimated price may be over $600 a year, which kind of busts the budget a bit. But once you see how much time their platform can save you… you may reconsider. Yext does a few great things that stand out: They broadcast your correct business information to well over 100 directory systems, including Google and Facebook. They also allow you to make business updates from their platform and broadcast it to all the directories in the network. They manage your inbound reviews from your customers on all those platforms and immediately inform you when you receive them. They allow you to broadcast messages of specials you may want to promote. They link your business website from 100 different directories, instantly giving your business credibility online. The most underrated thing they do… is save you time from trying to log into 100 different directories and fix errors, omissions, and broadcast them all at the push of a button. Can you imagine the time it takes to create 100 different accounts and to regularly check and manage them? We did, so we tested Yext at our founder’s facility and have been a subscriber for well over 5 years now. This article originally published in CAR's News Section View full article
  11. I'm assuming that in using their sensors, you clone the original number onto that sensor so the vehicle just looks for that same signal? Look forward to learning about how you made it through. My situation was for an insurance claim and I had to use OE everything and have receipts for it. Using an aftermarket unit was not an option.
  12. You can't program these at the moment with aftermarket tools, dealer only. We paid to have one done within the last 6 months on a customer's vehicle at our shop in Linden NJ.
  13. Migrating from anything can be a headache, the best approach to take is to evaluate what you presently do, very thoroughly. Start with: How many machines are used with the program? How many employees? Do they require logins? Expand to: What are the things you do daily that you take for granted? This is a hard one that requires a team effort to answer accurately. For instance: You clearly check in a vehicle and check one out every day, at the least. What's involved in that? How does your new system handle that? Who has to learn what to perform their role? Other than working through the questions up there, the easiest way to learn a new system is to do the following: Plan on using both systems for +/- 120 days in unison. What does this mean. Well the first 30 days, focus doing things as you normally do, but at the end of each day, enter the customers that you serviced that day in the new system, along with their vehicles. Notice anything different? Anything you need to adjust to? Anything that has to change your train of thought? Run that for 30 days or as long as everyone is comfortable doing it. My suggestion is to allow all of your employees to perform these basic tasks to get everyone used to the new interface. Next 30 days, time to recreate invoices for the next batch of services. Rinse and repeat the steps above. By the 60th day, everyone should be accustomed to how things works, what the strong points are and what the weaknesses are. On the 61st day... start with the new system entirely for just that day. Evaluate your entire process at the end of the day and see where the team is at. If everyone is comfortable, keep moving till you hit a hard enough road block that causes the world to stop spinning. By the 90th day, your entire team should be fully transitioned to the new platform. But the 30 days cycles are arbitrary and you should work with your employees to transition. Having them on board is what makes this easy or hard. Changing platforms is actually really easy when it's broken out into steps. It's the businesses that do a full hard turn that have a hard time and fail to adapt to better software. It's a time when your leadership qualities matter the most, because in the end... you benefit the most from a better software platform.
  14. This Month's Progress: Plate To Vehicle Information - Fully functional Reporting now exports: Year, Make, Model, License Plate. Benefits if this allow you to use excel to understand your customer base a little better. Will eventually be built into our reporting tab, but giving raw data access for now. Here is one set of statistics you can perform with this data: $0 balance is auto marked as paid System updates refresh cache through a message when logging in. Still Working Through: Price Matrix - Linear - Expected by end of this month. Delayed by some parts and inventory tasks to enhance operation. Diagnostic Time Option When There Are Rejected Jobs. Currently testing, live likely within 14 days. Learn While You Use - 3 out of 6 walk through tutorials in testing phases. Other Current Enhancements: Parts redundancy elimination - We're working on several items that really help shops control their parts information. Working to: group exact parts together & eliminate double+ part numbers. Vendor | Sponsor Enhancements: We are building a portal that will allow vendors or sponsors to reach their customers through our portal in an efficient and elegant manner. This is something completely new to this arena and was driven by a partnership we are presently working on. However, it's going to be a game changer when it comes to Vendors or Sponsors with features they want their customers to have access to through their Shop Management System. We've also got a lot of surprises up our sleeves from user generated suggestions. All things we are working on for 2019 as it continues to move through.
  15. J Larry, Thank you very much for that. We have ideas for integrations and Zapier has crossed out path. However, since we want to be able to guarantee security and through native integrations, things start to get tricky when you are passing information across several layers. So we noted that we could potentially use third party integrations, but shelfed it temporarily to work on Inventory & Matrix. As the first quarter finishes up, we will be back into integration focus, starting with Payment providers and moving back into other parts ordering systems. Ricardo


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