Over the years we have worked with numerous auto dealerships, and many of them have grown through acquisition of other dealerships across the United States. Although a dealership’s IT infrastructure is probably not a deal breaker for an acquisition, it can be costly if the prior owner neglected their IT for a long period, driving up your post-acquisitions costs.
Changing over a dealership’s IT after an acquisition usually takes 3-8 days on-site to set up everything. The best way to reduce this time and associated cost is through proper planning.
The costliest thing an auto dealership can do is to neglect to account for IT and to wait until the day of the switch over to take care of it. Reacting after the fact means scrambling to see what equipment is usable, working to have multiple providers (internet, phone, DMS, etc.) switch over, and migrating data. Usually, a reactive switch over can cause a week or more of turmoil including lost sales and challenges with service opportunities.