Just before the holiday rush climaxed, the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association enhanced its roster of National Member Benefit Partners with two providers that can help dealerships make vehicles more attractive on their lots or to dispose of inventory that just didn’t turn as planned.
The two companies now collaborating with NIADA as partners include auto inspection and reconditioning software provider AutoMobile Technologies (AMT) as well as Remarketing by Element, a provider of timely, cost-efficient asset disposition.
No doubt, buy-here, pay-here operators have seen franchised dealerships in their market with bold signage highlighting certified pre-owned vehicles. Now BHPH dealers can offer similar vehicles to their customers by using AMT’s digital inspection software available to association members and enabling them to designate select vehicles with certified pre-owned status.
AMT’s technology can deliver mobile vehicle inspection and auto reconditioning management services to independent dealers with a powerful, mobile-enabled, innovative, easy to implement, efficient and customer-centric vehicle inspection reporting resource to NIADA Certified dealers, enhancing inventory listing differentiation and customer trust through the digital or physical lot.
AMT’s InspectionNotes software can enable the association’s members to complete the comprehensive 125-point NIADA Certified vehicle inspection electronically and generate digital and paper condition reports for the certification.
That process can allow dealers to integrate CPO inspections into their existing intake and reconditioning operations, and provide the value and security of CPO designation to their customers while increasing margins and decreasing turn time.
“We are proud to join with NIADA in providing its members the ability to offer NIADA Certified vehicles to their customers,” AMT executive vice president of operations Eric Meahan said.
“We have seen the competitive advantage CPO vehicles have given our franchise clients, benefiting them in both revenue and customer satisfaction. The NIADA Certified program allows independent dealers to level the playing field with a similar solution,” Meahan continued.
“We applaud NIADA for adding this valuable program to its member services offerings,” he went on to say.
The InspectionNotes software can allow technicians to scan a VIN on their mobile phone or tablet to begin the process, which takes them through a series of questions, ensuring each required item is inspected and verified. The resulting report is delivered in PDF format that can be loaded to website listings, emailed or printed to share with buyers.
InspectionNotes is a component of AMT’s ReconMonitor software, which can give dealerships visibility, command and control of the entire reconditioning process from acquisition to front line and every step along the way.
“AMT brings an innovative commitment to the best in market technology, ease of use and corresponding profitability for our dealer members on the front and back end of their stores,” NIADA senior vice president of member services Scott Lilja said.
“For our CPO dealers in particular, the mobile inspection solution is a huge enhancement over the current manual process, enhancing productivity, quality and ability to display both on the physical and digital lot,” Lilja continued.
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Remarketing by Element Partners with NIADA
Remarketing by Element also has joined the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s network of National Member Benefit partners.
Remarketing by Element is connected with more than 150,000 used vehicles sold annually at auctions throughout North America, leveraging technology through its national auction network.
“We’re excited to be working closely with NIADA, a highly respected industry association, to provide asset disposition services to qualifying dealer members,” Element executive vice president of asset remarketing Paul Seger said.
Through the partnership, qualifying NIADA dealers can sign up to be represented by Remarketing by Element at wholesale auctions nationwide.
Once approved, NIADA member dealers will receive prime lane placement in Remarketing by Element’s fleet/lease lane, on-site representation of their vehicles at auction and promotions that attract one of the largest buyer groups in the wholesale auto industry, both in-lane and online.
“This new NIADA Member Benefit Partnership with Element Fleet Management is a huge win for our member dealers,” Lilja said.
“Leveraging Element’s scale of vehicle remarketing volume, deep auction partnerships and on-site auction representation, along with ongoing incentive programs, represents tremendous value to our members in an area of their business that has been a major challenge over the past couple of years,” he went on to say.
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