9 IT Considerations when Acquiring an Auto Dealership

Patrick Leonard

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.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

10 Ways You Need to Secure Your Data Before You Fire Another Sales Person

Patrick Leonard

Because of the high turnover in sales at most auto dealerships, the industry is prone to data theft across the board. In business, people get fired, but you can’t let that come back at you. Don’t give a disgruntled ex-employee the ability to communicate with customers, steal contact information or credit card info, or cause severe damage to your infrastructure.

Before you notify a sales person about termination, you need to:

  1. Disable Access to Workstations
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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

6 Hidden Costs when Switching DMS (Dealer Management Software)

Patrick Leonard

We’ve worked with dozens of auto dealerships to convert them to a new DMS (Dealer Management Software). Regardless if they’re switching to CDK (formerly ADP), Reynolds & Reynolds, Autosoft, or another DMS, there are costs many dealerships do not think about until after they’ve made the conversion.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

Pros & Cons of Using a Dealer Management Software (DMS)

Patrick Leonard

We’ve worked with numerous automotive dealerships over the past decade, some operate a single location while other clients have dozens of dealerships across multiple states. One thing that makes each of them successful is using a Dealer Management Software, known as DMS. The major DMS players are CDK (formerly ADP), Reynolds & Reynolds, and Autosoft. We’ve actually designed the implementation of these systems so many times, we’ve built custom tools to speed up deploying Dealer Management Software and make supporting them more efficient.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

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