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5 Reasons to Stop Using Paper Smog Check Work Orders

by Administrator 10. January 2015 19:48

I don't know about you but our customers want to be able to get a work order done fast.  Nothing slows a smog check down than writing.  Nevertheless it is amazing how many smog shops continue to use them.  This article takes a look at paper work orders and the true cost of using them.

We Save You More Money Than The Competition

cost difference between paper, smog master and smog advantage

We are all about small business. If your shop averages less than 10 workorder a day then we have special small shop pricing of $39.95 dollars per month. Small business is what makes America great and we want to do what we can to help. If you do 10 or more smogs a day on average per month we have great flat rate pricing of 49.95/month. Because we charge the same amount as your shop volume grows our cost goes down. That makes sense doesn't it, price with volume usually goes down. Other systems charge you the same meaning that as your grow their costs will grow at the same rate.

Our nearest competitor cost you nearly double easy flat rate pricing. Over 3 years that's nearly $4,000.00 dollars unneeded expense. Our system is easier to use, more flexible and fully featured. All this at a flat lower per monthly plan.

Paper Work Orders Cost You Sales

Every time you smog check a vehicle you should do everything you can to smog check the other vehicle that is in the household.  Most households in California have multiple cars, the average is 2 vehicles http://www.clrsearch.com/Sacramento-Demographics/CA/Number-of-Vehicles-per-Household.  Many smog shops do nothing to gather address or email information from their customers.  The logic is that it takes too long or is too hard to gather the info.  You already have the customer in the shop if you don't take the time to market a smog check for the other vehicle you are likely giving a customer away to your competitors.

If you use Smog Advantage from Demand Advantage we give you the option to run your business your way and make it easy to gather marketing information from your customers.

  1. Using a simple card reader you can swipe the customers drivers license and gather complete address information into the work order in a few seconds. 
  2. We have a field to enter a customers' email address.  Our customers have found that an easy way to gather this info is to say that you will email the invoice to them which will reduce pollution and help you be a "green" shop.
  3. If you don't want to gather this information the minimum data is first name, last name and a phone number to complete a work order.

If you can get the customers email address you can send email coupons and reminders to them using a CAN-SPAM compliant email system very inexpensively.  If you have their address information you can mail postcards.  Whatever you do, do something because doing nothing means you are likely losing a sale down the line.  If you are using paper work order this is exactly what you are doing, throwing opportunity away.

Automated Work Orders are Fast

Smog Advantage will automatically lookup or create a customer by scanning their drivers license.  Smog Advantage will automatically input year, make and model by decoding a VIN scanned from the DMV paperwork or even the vehicle door or body.  Smog Advantage can be used from a tablet meaning that you can bring the system where ever you are.  Finally and most importantly by gathering this information automatically you are also enabling your smog shop to market back to your customers.  Automating work orders are not for everyone.  Some people just like things the way they were.  But look around you, is this the same world it was even 5 years ago?  Realize you need to market your business more then ever to grow or even survive in this market and using Smog Advantage you can do that just by creating work orders.

But Wait - There's More Than Work Orders

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We know that smog coupons are the most common way to drive business to your shop.  So we offer an integrated smog check coupon site that allows you to manage your coupons from the same work order system.  You can check it out at http://www.check-smog.com.  It is a mobile friendly site which is important as a growing number of users seach the internet from their phones.  You can place one, two, three, coupons how ever many you want.  We give you 3 months free.  After a couple of smog checks every customer that comes in from check-smog.com is pure profit.

Smog Advantage runs multiple shops

Smog Advantage enable commission based technician reporting

Smog Advantage is cloud based web system that you can run from anywhere

Smog Advantage can be run from a tablet so you can scan VINs from vehicles in the service bay

Smog Advantage has www.check-smog.com an integrete coupon marketing site.

Smog Advantage is a CarFax partner which will market your smog shop in their CarFax network FREE!

So what are you waiting for, contact use at http://www.demandadvantage.com/Smog-Test-Software.html.

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What Is SmogCheck.ca.gov and How Can a Free Coupon Website and Repair Order System Help

by Administrator 19. January 2014 14:31

Don't get caught out, don't miss out on all the saving and new business for your smog shop CLICK HERE! go to Demand Advantage now!

Many people don't know about the industry resources available to both consumers and businesses regarding the California smog check program. Many of these important resources are found at www.smogcheck.ca.gov.. This article will cover two basic topics: For the smog check industry the article describes the information available at smogcheck.ca.gov to help you run your business plus important information about Smog Advantage a FREE smog check repair order system with a FREE 90 day trial for smog check coupons to help drive more business to your smog shop location.

Save Hundreds of Dollars Using this FREE Repair Order and Smog Check Coupon Website that is SmogCheck.ca.gov Compliant

Did you know that after ads and local search Google displays as few at 10 listing on the first page of an Internet search. Are there more than 10 smog shops nearby your shop? Did you know that most people never get past the second page of a search on Google. If your shop is not on page one or two you are not seen by the majority of people looking for your business. How many calls do you receive each day claiming to place you on page one? Do you believe them?

 

Most people don't enter their location, they just search for smog check, or smog test. Competition for a listing on page one is very fierce. But now you can place on page one without paying an arm and a leg and save hundreds of dollars at the same time. Use our inexpensive smog check portal www.check-smog.com. We are offering a free 90 trial. Pay nothing for 90 days and if we don't bring you business then you still pay nothing. In addition we give your a FREE smog check repair order system that allows you to save hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars a year. Plus this same software allows you to manage all of your coupons and reviews at check-smog.com. Add some simple javascript in and the same coupons are on your site.

Don't Get Fined - Use a Smog Check Program that is Compliant with Regulations at Smogcheck.ca.gov

In addition to following the same rules as all other auto repair dealers, smog shops must also display two critical items as described at smogcheck.ca.gov. The Air Resource Board (ARB) requires that the response of customer for a tire pressure check is documented on the invoice. If this information does not appear you are subject to a fine for each infraction. How many invoices to you print a month. How many have tire pressure information on them? You also must document the outcome of the test: Pass, Fail or Abort and the certificate number. Aborted test are particularly important in the age of the STAR program. The BAR views aborted tests suspiciously as it could mean the technician aborted the test to avoid having to fail the vehicle. If you don't maintain documentation on each aborted test, it may be difficult to defend the actions of your business. The repair order system is compliant with all regulations at smogcheck.ca.gov.

Smog Check Resources at Smogcheck.ca.gov

Below follows a list of industry resources found and smogcheck.ca.gov

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Free Smog Check Software compliant with CheckSmog-Ca-Gov

by Administrator 13. January 2014 07:41
We are now offering our smog check software for free including a three month trial membership in www.check-smog.com for all new customers.

Existing customers received their membership in www.check-smog.com for free as long as they are a customer of Demand Advantage.

Our Goal is to Bring you Business and Save You Time

Demand Advantage is all about small business. We want to help smog shops compete in the digital age by simplifying and automating Internet marketing tasks. We know you're busy. We know that technology can be confusing. We know you already have a business to run without having to learn a new business called Internet Marketing. So our software automates the repair order process to save you time running your business, and we provide tools to market on the Internet automatically.

Smog Shops must follow the same repair order writing process as auto repair shops as seen in the Write It Right Manual.

However smog shops must also follow other processes described at www.smogcheck.ca.gov that repair shops do not. For example, under penalty of fine, smog shops must show that they offer to check their customers tire pressure. Failure to do so can incur a fine Per Invoice. If you cannot provide up to 3 years of records in 72 hours you will not be in compliance with www.smogcheck.ca.gov and the Air Resource Bureau requirements. Using a manual system how can you do this? Using a generic repair order system can you be sure you are in compliance? Can you pay the fine if you are not.

Grow your Smog Check Business with Demand Advantage in 2014

Using Shop Advantage growing your business is easier than ever. Call us now or check out our website at www.demandadvantage.com

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5-Reasons-Why-You-Should-Be-a-Test-and-Repair-Location

by Administrator 21. August 2013 08:05

AB 2289 became effective in California with the start of 2013. If you are a smog check only station you should take a hard review the effect of these modifications on the market and the result on your business.

1. Smog Test Prices Will Likely go Down in 2013

AB 2289 enables vehicles that have a model year of 2000 or later to be be checked utilizing just info from their automobiles' on-board emissions computer system. All vehicles of that model year or later have exhaust diagnosis programming as on their car. It is this tracking system that is a typical reason for your "check engine" light showing on your dash panel.

Under current regulation, smog check locations make use of information from this computer system along with a pipeline test where a sensor is placed inside the tail pipeline and the automobile is tested on a dynomometer at certain car rates.

2. If You Own a Repair Facility You Cannot Operate a Smog Test Only Site at the Same Location.

The language in the licensing for Smog Test Only locations disallows the grant of the license if the company holds an interest in a repair facility in the same location.

Many smog test locations also offer some type of quick oil change service. If you have a Smog and Lube location you will not be able to renew your smog test only license if you continue to offer auto services.

3. Who Wants Less Money.

Offering more services mean more money for you and more convenience for your customers.

4. More Industries Mean More Security

Doesn't "Why put all your eggs in one basket", make sense. If your company is entirely dependent on one type of company, smog tests for instance a decline that market can wipe your business out. In these unpredictable times, it makes sense to widen your services so that you can decrease this risk.

5. Demand Advantage - One System to Grow your Auto Service Business

DemandAdvantage allows consumers to discover and buy your service everywhere: mobile phones, internet searches, at your locations, and via e-mail and direct mail advertising. If you own a smog test only location and want to change to test and repair contact us, as our system DemandAdvantage complies with California BAR regulations for smog checks AND supports a complete auto repair or quick oil change service. Using our system you can quickly alter to a smog and lube and run and expand your company using one system.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be a Smog Test and Repair Location

by Administrator 1. August 2011 13:34

AB 2289 is in effect in California as of 2013. If you are a smog check only station you need to take a tough take a look at the effect of these changes on the industry and the effect on your business.

1. Smog Test Prices Will Decline in 2013

AB 2289 enables vehicles that have a model year of 2000 or later to be be tested using only information from their vehicles' on-board emissions computer. All vehicles of that model year or later have emissions diagnosis programming as part of their vehicle program. It is this monitoring system that is a common cause of your "check engine" light displaying on your dashboard.

Under current regulation, smog check stations use information from this computer as well as a pipe test in which a sensor is placed inside the tail pipe and the vehicle is tested on a dynomometer at specific vehicle speeds.

2. You Cannot be a Smog Test Only Location If You Hold an Interest in a Repair Facility.

The language in the licensing for Smog Test Only locations disallows the grant of the license if the company holds an interest in a repair facility in the same location.

Most smog test locations offer some type of quick test service as well. If you have a Smog and Lube location you will not be able to renew your smog test only license if you continue to offer auto services.

 

3. More Money is Better Than Less Money.

Offering more services for your customers enables your business to earn more revenue.

4. Depending on One Type of Business is Risky

The saying, "Why put all your eggs in one basket", really makes sense. If your company is completely dependent on one type of business, smog tests for example a downturn that industry can wipe your business out. In these uncertain times, it makes sense to broaden your services so that you can reduce this threat.

Demand Advantage - One System to Grow your Auto Service Business

DemandAdvantage allows customers to find and purchase your product everywhere: mobile phones, web searches, at your locations, email and direct mail marketing. Don't be leve behind. If you own a smog test only location and want to switch to test and repair contact us, as our system Demand Advantage complies with California BAR rules for smog checks AND supports a full auto shop service.. Using our system you can quickly change to a smog and lube and run and grow your business using one system. Demand Advantage is web based, nothing to install. We automatically market back to your customers so even while you sleep we're working to bring more business to your company.

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