April 2019 System Updates & News
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.
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.
What We're Working On:
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.
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.