Mobile

Dealertrack introduces new mobile app updates

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - 

Dealertrack recently announced that it has introduced several upgrades for its new mobile application in an effort to improve and evolve dealer productivity.

In addition to providing dealers access to credit application and contract activity quickly, via the Dealertrack mobile application, users can also securely track deals within their finance workflow while on the go, the company said.

“Our new Dealertrack mobile app was built on a state-of-the-art foundation to enable us to deploy additional features today, and add more in the future,” Dealertrack Canada director of product management Jeff Gallon said in a news release. “Dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, and agents can immediately benefit from the latest mobile features — meaning they'll be positioned for the future of mobile digital retailing.”

A few key features the app offers users is the ability to set notifications for credit application changes and leads, quickly view credit bureau scores pulled from a desktop application and check credit application statuses, according to Dealertrack.

Dealertrack mobile is now available for Android devices and Apple users.

TRADER adds Dealer Drive digital test drive tracking app to roster

TORONTO - 

TRADER Corp. announced Tuesday a new partnership with Dealer Drive to bring the Australian-based technology company’s app-based digital test drive tracking and analytics solution to dealers across Canada.

The solution has been added to TRADER’s existing roster of efficiency and conversion solutions and is now being rolled out to its customer base, according to the company.

The technology can provide real-time data, help increase productivity and find both proven time and cost savings.

“Whether in-house or externally, we are constantly focused on finding the right technology solutions to solve the needs of our customers to help them to improve their businesses,” TRADER vice president of product commercialization Jill Hadfield said in a news release.

“Dealer Drive offers proven data-driven solutions that help overcome some of the challenges that dealerships face today, helping them to operate more efficiently and capitalize on more sales opportunities. Thanks to a product that revolutionizes the test drive experience, we’re sure Dealer Drive will help Canadian retailers obtain similar results to those seen in other markets,” she explained.

With the Dealer Drive app, sales staff can capture customer information while on the go into a tablet or smartphone.

“We deeply analyzed this market and recognized that TRADER has a proven track record in bringing innovative products to its customers”, Dealer Drive co-founder, Michael Webb said. “TRADER is able to execute our collective vision of solving retailers' challenges by providing excellent service and a high level of support for this program.”

In addition to being able to track the quality and effectiveness of the customer test drive experience, users can quickly respond to customer feedback.

TradeRev, ADESA partner in Canada to promote app at 14 locations

TORONTO - 

TradeRev has announced it will now have a physical presence in 14 ADESA auction locations after partnering with ADESA Canada to encourage dealers to use TradeRev’s mobile app before sending cars to a brick-and-mortar auction.

Hands-on assistance from ADESA sales teams will be available at the auctions to help dealers load their inventory onto the mobile app auction platform, according to TradeRev.

“Mobile technology is disrupting the wholesale auction marketplace by empowering dealers and putting them in full control,” TradeRev chief executive officer and co-founder Mark Endras said in a news release. “ADESA is North America’s premier auction marketplace with thousands of strong, trusted dealer relationships. Partnering with them to accelerate the ‘Digital First’ revolution is exhilarating for both companies and incredibly exciting for our shared customers.”

TradeRev and ADESA also announced a series of exclusive partnerships including more than 100 dealerships throughout Canada earlier this year.

As a result of the recent partnerships, tens of thousands of vehicles have been added to TradeRev’s network of buyer and seller dealers, the company said.

“ADESA is committed to helping our customers buy and sell inventory as quickly and efficiently as possible – regardless of the channel,” said Trevor Henderson, chief operating officer of ADESA Canada. “No one can do this better than ADESA, TradeRev and the KAR family of companies. We’ve been the online services leader in Canada for many years and we are proud to extend the digitization of our industry to help dealers launch and win auctions from the palm of their hands.”

TradeRev is available nationwide in Canada and in 10 markets across the U.S. ADESA currently holds a 50 percent stake in TradeRev.

According to TradeRev, more than 500,000 dealer auctions have been launched through its mobile app, which has produced over 6 million dealer bids.

Cox Automotive Canada unveils all-new website

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - 

Cox Automotive Canada has introduced a redesigned website to the Canadian automotive remarketing industry.

"Knowing our clients spend more time online than ever before, our website has been redesigned from a ‘mobile-friendly’ perspective; delivering a seamless experience—whether you are on your desktop computer or mobile device," Cox Automotive Canada said in an announcement Wednesday. 

The coxautoinc.ca website serves as an information portal that showcases Cox Automotive Canada’s operations, according to the company.

"The automotive remarketing industry is evolving towards an integrated online experience, and along with our enhancements, our new website will also provide key information that can benefit our clients’ business," Cox Automotive Canada director of marketing and corporate communications Jack Sulymka said in a news release.

Cox Automotive Canada said the new site’s advancements in functionality makes it easy for visitors to explore the people, brands and solutions of its organization.

"We’re excited about our new website experience, and how it will better serve the media, existing and prospective clients, and build our brands in Canada," Sulymka added.

Impact Auto Auctions introduces search & bid mobile app

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - 

Impact Auto Auctions, a subsidiary of Insurance Auto Auctions and a business unit of KAR Auction Services, recently launched Impact AuctionNow, a mobile app that allows buyers from across Canada and beyond to place bids both live and online.

Impact AuctionNow is compatible with iPhone, Android and tablet devices, and according to the company, it is currently granting free guest access to anyone interested in testing out the new app.

"Impact Auto Auctions is committed to continuously improving and simplifying the bidding experience," managing director of Impact Auto Auctions Terry Daniels said in a news release. "The AuctionNow mobile app allows bidders the ability to search and source specific vehicles with both speed and precision.

"This ultimately provides app users greater access, allowing them to bid from anywhere with confidence and convenience. Customer interest and response has been positive — the number of downloads has by far exceeded our expectations within the first 90 days of launch."

With Impact AuctionNow, buyers can both participate in auctions in real-time, which are simulcast live with audio and video, and monitor ongoing bidding and inventory updates straight from the app.

Additionally, users also have the ability to search for comprehensive vehicle information and view vehicle damage estimate reports on the new platform.

Impact AuctionNow can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

To begin using the app, participants must first register as a guest at www.impactauto.ca/Account/Register.

TradeRev adds 2 new dealer plans to speed up the resale process

TORONTO - 

Canadian tech startup TradeRev introduced two new plans for dealers this month, including a subscription-based service crafted just for high-volume users and works to streamline the resale process.

The mobile car auction app provider said it wanted to two different plan options for its dealer clients because its user base has expanded to 3,000 plus dealers throughout Canada and the U.S. in recent years.

“We’re pleased to introduce new customized plan options to better serve the diverse needs of TradeRev’s mobile app users,” Mark Endras, TradeRev president and co-founder, said in a news release.

TradeRev said the two plans are “designed to serve the needs of both high- and low-volume dealers — while simplifying the accounting process.”

For high-volume dealers, TradeRev now offers the Pro Plan, a new subscription-based service that guarantees payment in 48 hours.

It’s a research tool that provides users with details such as the make, model, and trim of a vehicle as well as sold price, location and high-value option codes.

Payday, a new incentive launched TradeRev that allows dealers to earn money back when they reach specific sales milestones comes with the plan.

Along with an enhanced billing process that is easier to use, according to TradeRev, dealers also have access to advanced research tools such as the ADESA Market Guide, which aims to reduce launch fees.

TradeRev said it has updated and customized its Standard Plan for smaller dealers who want to “test drive before signing up for a subscription.

Premium features in the Pro Plan aren’t available with the plan but users can buy, sell and appraise vehicles for free.

“Thousands of Canadian dealers rely on our real-time car auction technology, and their feedback and input led the design of our new Pro and Standard plans. Both plans simplify the billing process, making it faster and easier for dealers to get true market value for their trade-ins,” Endras said. 

Accu-Trade comes to Canada

TORONTO - 

R. Hollenshead Auto Sales announced it has launched vehicle valuation tool Accu-Trade in Canada, giving dealers a mobile platform to capture leads, increase customer trade-ins and generate appraisals.

“Now, dealers have access to the same tool I use to buy and sell up to 1,000 cars a week. I am so confident in the pricing, I instruct our buyers to buy anything based on Accu-Trade Appraiser Pro values,” said Bob Hollenshead, Accu-Trade co-founder.

“The Accu-Trade lead generation tool installs directly on dealership websites, so customers can value their trade-ins, generating leads that convert at a higher level than any other lead source," Hollenshead continued.

Accu-Trade can generate customer leads directly from the dealer’s website with an Instant Offer tool that values their trade in seconds. Leads can be routed to the dealer CRM and to Accu-Trade’s Appraiser Pro, giving dealers the opportunity to complete a transparent and interactive trade-in appraisal with the customer.

Accu-Trade Instant Offer and Appraiser Pro can work together to give dealers a complete platform to manage vehicle leads and appraisals. Instant Offer can give consumers a simple way to appraise their trade-in, right from a dealership website. Dealers can customize Accu-Trade Instant Offer to adjust offer prices based on market conditions, or change messaging to consumers based on special offers or other promotions. 

“We know trade-in valuation is one of the most tedious parts of the vehicle sales process — for dealers and customers alike — especially when pricing vehicles that are uncommon, very expensive, exportable, or have bad vehicle history reports. Accu-Trade takes the guesswork out of pricing and allows dealers to appraise any vehicle — accurately. Accu-Trade tells you everything you need to know about the vehicle and guides you to a market-driven number that is right on the money,” Hollenshead said.

At the core of the valuation platform is Accu-Trade’s independent and precise pricing.

“Every vehicle is unique, so dealers need more than standard pricing to get an accurate vehicle value,” said Rob Bulyovsky, Accu-Trade’s president and co-founder. “Accu-Trade tracks values for thousands of makes and models, and gives dealers precise valuations reflecting real-time market conditions. Accu-Trade makes it easier for shoppers to trade their vehicles and for dealers to engage these highly-coveted customers.”

As part of the Canada launch, Accu-Trade is partnering with Selectbidder.

“We’re excited about the Accu-Trade product and partnership. We have a great team in place and are ready to offer Canadian dealers a suite of products that consumers and dealers want,” said Sean Liptay, founder and chief executive officer of Selectbidder.

New Hand-Held Tablet Device for Sales

WATERLOO, Ontario  - 

SIM-SST — Sales in Motion-Showroom Selling Tools — announced it has released a new hand-held tablet device which the company says “will be a boon for car dealerships.”

Customers are increasingly informed when visiting a dealership to search for a new ride, and it is becoming more and more important for salespeople to have pricing and other information readily available while showing a vehicle.

SIM-SST says its new solution is designed to ensure automotive salespeople are “equipped with a fully-loaded, customer-focused, intuitive and simple to use tablet application.”

The tool offers a fully-functional CRM, but also has scanning capabilities and an inventory management system.

“When selling a car, right at the car is where you want to be, so use this tool at the car, and on the lot, not just at the desk,” company officials said.

Dealers can scan customer identification directly into the built-in CRM system, and then display prices, leasing, and payment schedules all while showing the vehicle to the potential buyer.

Tools include, payment calculator, inventory lists, build and price functions, follow-up options, and more.

After the scanning process is complete, the company explained a variety of follow-up communications are automatically generated and sent, and all the information is simultaneously displayed on the desktop of the manager or dealer principal.

For more information on the new tool, dealers can click here.

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