For independent dealers who want to work with NextGear Capital, there’s now an app for that.

The company announced on Thursday that it has developed a mobile app for its account portal with plans to unveil it at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) annual convention next week in Las Vegas.

Key features of the app include:

— A credit utilization view prominently displayed on the main dashboard that can give clients a color-coded breakdown of their floor plan by number of days to help them understand their aged inventory at a glance and discern which vehicles to prioritize.

—A VIN scanner that is unique to the mobile app. Using technology created by vAuto, it can enable clients to scan a VIN and view valuations as well as floor plan a vehicle on the spot.

—The option for push notifications to remind clients about upcoming action items such as when payments or titles are due.

—Biometric authentication which offers secure account access.

“With today’s challenges in the automotive industry, it’s more important than ever for independent dealers to have instant access to real-time, actionable data to make fast decisions and stay competitive,” said Scott Maybee, president of NextGear Capital. “In a marketplace that is more connected than ever, our new mobile app offers dealers the flexibility they need to do business wherever and whenever they prefer while putting their floor planned inventory to work for them.”

NextGear Capital said it collaborated with more than 500 dealer clients who downloaded the app during the pilot phase to test drive it and provide feedback. The company said adjustments to the app based on input from these dealers includes extending the calendar views and improving payment displays.

“Keeping our tools sharpened and our technology ahead of the competition allows NextGear Capital to continue delivering on its mission to be a trusted provider who makes it easy for clients to do business with us,” Maybee said.

Following the launch, NextGear Capital said regularly planned updates will ensure the app continues evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of independent dealers. Future enhancements are also in development to incorporate additional self-service features and benefits into the app.

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