Services available to AutoNation customers with Automatic include crash alert, roadside assistance and real-time location monitoring and sharing. Now, customers who purchase a pre-owned vehicle from one of five AutoNation USA stores will be able to receive a free automatic plug-in adapter and introductory subscription, AutoNation and SiriusXM company Automatic Labs announced on Wednesday.
Automatic Labs, which describes itself as a company that “brings the power of connectivity to almost any car on the road,” notes that with its app and adapter, most 1996-model-year or later vehicles can become connected, allowing drivers to get access to safety and convenience features from Automatic and service alerts and recall notifications from AutoNation.
AutoNation notes that it is the largest dealer group to begin offering Automatic, a service bundle that its AutoNation USA stores will provide to consumers with their pre-owned vehicle purchases. The five participating AutoNation USA stores are in Houston, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Texas; Katy, Texas; and Henderson, Nev.
With the Automatic Dealer Program, AutoNation USA stores can offer consenting customers purchasing a pre-owned vehicle a free trial subscription that includes three years of Automatic’s crash alert and connected maintenance services, as well as six free months of premium services, such as roadside assistance.
More detail on services available to AutoNation customers with Automatic:
— Crash Alert: Automatic detects when a serious collision occurs. Responders can then contact the driver, send emergency services, and contact a driver’s emergency contacts.
— Roadside assistance: A driver will receive towing and roadside services when help is needed.
— Real-time vehicle location monitoring and sharing: This feature shows the location of a parked car, and the driver will also be able to be connected with family while out on the road.
— Vehicle health and performance monitoring: The user will gain knowledge on vehicle performance and see the possible issues that are taking place when the check engine light goes on.
— Recall notifications and service reminders: This feature will also allow booking of service appointments with AutoNation with a few simple clicks.
— Integration with smart home devices: The user can perform tasks such as opening a garage door, adjusting a thermostat, and turning on house lights.
"Car buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the convenience and safety features that a connected vehicle offers, and the Automatic adapter allows us to deliver that connectivity to our customers in vehicles on AutoNation USA store lots,” Marc Cannon, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AutoNation, said in a news release.