Partnership delivers alignment and tread depth documentation to increase service bay sales for dealerships
St. Louis—Hunter Engineering has announced a new integration between Hunter’s unmanned inspection equipment and Tekion’s end-to-end cloud-native platform, Automotive Retail Cloud (ARC).
“With traditional services shrinking due to the growth of electric vehicles, dealerships will need to find more dollars per repair order,” said John Zentz, Hunter senior vice president of sales. “Taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by equipment such as Hunter’s Quick Check Drive autonomous inspection system won’t be a luxury, but a necessity.”
With this new partnership, automotive dealerships across North America will have greater opportunity to drive more alignment and tire sales through instant, automated access to inspection data.
As a vehicle passes through Hunter’s unmanned inspection equipment, alignment angles and tire tread depth are instantly measured with laser precision, requiring no labor or stopping. The vehicle inspection data populates in real time in the Tekion platform, instantly documenting the walkaround for advisors and multipoint inspection for technicians for greater efficiency.
Tire measurements and alignment results are automatically added to the multipoint inspection while the Hunter inspection sheet and media are automatically added to the repair order.
The comprehensive vehicle inspection readout can be sent to the customer to ensure a streamlined, consistent experience.
The integration is now available for Hunter unmanned inspection customers and carries no monthly equipment fees.
Alignments traditionally rank among the highest-margin services a shop can provide, while manufacturers have long advocated increasing tire sales as a method of customer retention, additional services and new vehicle sales. On average, 50 percent of vehicles require alignment adjustment when the angles are truly measured and compared to the OEM specifications, evidenced by the millions of vehicle inspections with Hunter equipment.
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