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  • Tire Shop Software, Vast thoughts?

    Posted by bnc173 on March 24, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Getting ready to sign up with Vast by Mam software to help run our tire shop. We do very little brakes or other jobs at this point so some of the other shop management software wouldn’t help us a lot. Just want to hear from others that are like us what they use or other current Vast users or past Vast users what did you like or hate about the system.

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  • Richard Ehler

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    March 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

    We are having a demo by Vast in a day or two. There server was not accessable today by Lou Bonilla. We are looking at Mitchell, Ro writer, etc. also. Main feature we want is to integrate with a digital inspection. Vast does this with autoserve1 we are told.

    VAST is a big company with huge resources for sure. Sorry I can’t tell you more. I hope some others will weigh in.

  • Seth Johnson

    Member
    March 29, 2017 at 8:13 am

    We have been using VAST for over 17 years. We are a multishop organization and it has a wonderful “backoffice”. It has a good storage system for customer records and Ad Hoc reporting features allowing you to create about any type of report you would like.

    It supports flat rate or commission based pay, we use commission based. I have setup flat rate in the system but it is not currently in use.

    We have it paired with Epicor’s Lasercat cataloging software. This allows us to custom define our catalog to match our available supplier by location. We can have a master catalog with several sub catalogs.

    The have OpenWebs which makes parts ordering very easy. This works best with a 1st call supplier.

    As far as tire functionality, this has been a struggle for us for sometime. We have been using our tire suppliers website to quote the tires and then bringing the parts back into VAST.

    Last week we were introduced to some new functionality that shows quite a bit of promise. Tires can be quoted from within the system with photos of tread design and compared 3 at a time. You can set color coded markers to indicated tires that are on special, have a rebate etc – all user defined.

    We are using RepairShopSolutions with Vast. Currently it does not have an integration feature but RSS uploaded the database for each location to the service so the majority of existing customers are in and ready to go. New customers are added easily as they arrive. I believe RSS is working on an integration as they have it with Mitchell, Napatrax and several others. We heard about the Autoserv1 inspection but have not seen it.

    The biggest tell is that VAST was awarded the Goodyear contract. Goodyear liked what VAST was looking to to in the 7-10 years and they wanted that timeframe moved up. They are now in year 3 and on schedule. This is what prompted us to say if Goodyear gave a contract we must be missing something with our tire estimating.

    Vast isn’t cheap, but its the whole package. Its kind of like scan tools…no one is going to everything but VAST comes close.

  • pegpisani

    Member
    April 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Asa Automotive – We are integrating with Bolt On at this moment. Rich, we would love to show you a demo.