- December 14, 2004 at 6:59 pm#62782Richard ZaagmanParticipant
I bought a new system about 1 1/2 years ago. I’m not happy and as much as I hate to think about it, I must consider another system and I want to know who LOVES their system. I’ve heard 2 or three people tell me that they LOVE their system, 2 of them have RO writer, the other has Genesis Four. These are people that use a system as it sould be used too,to manage and control the numbers, all of them as well as write, sell and market.
You must be logged in to access attached files.December 17, 2004 at 6:38 pm#66426December 21, 2004 at 12:02 pm#66428Robin FinleyParticipant
Been using it since 1998
Have looked at others and can’t find anything that does anymore as easy!January 3, 2005 at 9:26 pm#66431mattworksMember
Hello, you might want to look into GarageIQ. Its freeware at this point. Go to garageiq.com
I have been using it for about two years.
Autoworks,HawaiiJanuary 6, 2005 at 4:08 am#66434bighamrMember
I threw away a $35,000.00 program and a $10,000.00 special SCO network system two weeks after Paul Stewart demoed his R.O. Writer system. This is "the best" system, 2nd to none. R.O. Writer is great, but Paul makes the system unbeatable. This program was designed and built by some of the best shop owners in the automotive industry. Now with some new investors, the system is awsome. Something that is very important to me is that Paul and R.O. Writer have never lost their personal attention. They listen to your needs and improve with updates. Hope this will help.January 11, 2005 at 12:28 pm#66437lostinspaceMember
We bought the whole Mitchell On Demand 5. Both the shop management and the repair. It is expensive yes but well worth it. We also bought a program called Zarsoft that imports all of our Mitchell data into QuickBooks with the touch of a mouse button. Talk about streamlining the accounting process!
LouisJanuary 13, 2005 at 10:24 pm#66440normMember
Rick, I am giving RO Writer some serious consideration. Is there
anything that you don’t like about it.
Kirkwood Auto Center
Wilmington DE 19808
Rick Bigham AAM wrote:
> I threw away a $35,000.00 program and a $10,000.00 special SCO network system two weeks after Paul Stewart demoed his R.O. Writer system. This is "the best" system, 2nd to none. R.O. Writer is great, but Paul makes the system unbeatable. This program was designed and built by some of the best shop owners in the automotive industry. Now with some new investors, the system is awsome. Something that is very important to me is that Paul and R.O. Writer have never lost their personal attention. They listen to your needs and improve with updates. Hope this will help.
AutoMarch 24, 2005 at 12:03 am#66516raakpatelMember
I have RO Writer. As I have not demoed others before I bought my shop this is what I inherited. What I can say is that it is very professional looking. It runs quick on a new system. It backs up data which can be off loaded on many different systems. It is networkable and very easy to use. It has very good reporting tools built in. As they update it regularly it is getting better. I have seen others such as mitchell and it does not look as clean as RO Writer does. Cutomers here love that it is easy to read and understand. But it is not cheap.March 25, 2005 at 1:04 am#66519scottgroenMember
I can’t tell you how much I like my Genesis 4 software, the page isn’t big enough. I will say that it’s not cheap, but i think it paid for itself the first 8 mo. I had it. The annual updates and support for the program are second to none. Alan and his crew actually seem to listen when I talk to them! The updates don’t come annually, i mispoke- they come every time they improve the software! It aint cheap, but you DEFINATELY get what you pay for in my opinion.March 26, 2005 at 12:45 am#66521travsiroczMember
We use invomax. It works great and is very resonable. if you get the demo make sure to delete all of it before installing the program. that was the only problem i have had with it. the profession edition has all the management tools. get better everyqtr. also. travisApril 1, 2005 at 11:52 pm#66530wchambosseMember
I have used Scott Systems since 1989. I suggest Motortraxx as it is DOS, read easyer to use more of the program. It is one of only two truely integrated accounting systems and is very stable. I have used this in both a fleet repair and a tire and auto shop. The Maxtraxx is coming along and integrates with many windows programs but no accounting. I would rather jump into other windows programs then back to Motortraxx then live without the integrated accounting.June 27, 2005 at 6:13 pm#66607asphaltangelMember
I use Shop Controller. It does all that as well. Estimates, history, marketing, reports, commissions, incorporates into Quickbooks, works with AllData, Mitchell…January 3, 2006 at 1:57 pm#66879ONESTOPAUTOMember
HI MY NAME IS TONY
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I LIKE TO KNOW HOW LONG YOU BEEN USEING MOTORTRAXX WITHE THE ACCOUNTING PROBLEM IS FAST AND BASIC,
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1/3/06January 5, 2006 at 9:44 pm#66888Anonymous
QuickBooks Pro is the only way to go. I’ve used virtually every automotive-specific application out there and there’s nothing that QBPro won’t match or do better. It actually does things that I have seen no other program do. I’ve tried the rest, now I’m with the best; and have been for almost 5 years. At under $700 w/24/7 live support you can’t beat it. You can drop the support and get the same software on the street for under $300. Both have no monthly fees. I love it!
Larry Bloodworth, CMAT
Certified Transmissions, LLC
Lindon, UtahJanuary 31, 2006 at 7:59 pm#66954picnicbuilder1Member
Larry: This is kinda scary—no pun intended– but this is the second response on this network and your name is on both of them. great minds think alike i guess.
I too have only quickbooks pro as my accounting / management software. if you get to know it, it will do just about anything you want it to do. I’ve been using it since 2001 and I’m still finding features that i haven’t taken advantage of.
Looking up customer history is sometimes a little slow and cumbersome—my system needs to be archived—and I am thinking about using MOD cause my parts vender is pushing it my way free if i spend enough money with him. Haven’t really used or seen it much but I might give it a try. Any suggestions?February 1, 2006 at 4:58 am#66955Anonymous
You say great minds think alike. The corollary to that is fools seldom differ. Yes, I’ve tried most all automotive software packages but the problem is that they were developed by technicians, not business people. My suggestion is to hook up with a local CPA who is QB certified. They can log onto your machine and make acounting tasks much easier and streamlined.
What would you like to know?
Sincerely,March 5, 2006 at 12:45 am#67036Richard ZaagmanParticipant
Hi Dave, how are things with you? It’s good to here from you.
What did I learn? I learned that there are few systems that people LOVE. If I remember correctly the 3 names that came up repeatedly in my searching for the ultimate software was, RO Writer, Genesis Four and YES. I chose the YES system because Genesis does not have Activant and I was not impressed with the sales rep in my area for RO Writer. YES does not use sales reps but the support is so great you don’t need one. My impression was that YES was more flexable too, but thats just my impression. I’m quite sure that any of these systems are very good. I know quite a few people using these systems and I don’t here any complaining.March 7, 2006 at 1:06 am#67042davenhMember
Thanks for the reply.
Things are going well for me here in the east. We continue to use Mitchell here and it works reasonably well although I suspect there are better products. The thing is, the switch over learning curve is so steep, I balk at even thinking too seriously about changing over. My impression is that most people like what they have because they don’t or can’t know any better since you really have to use a system for a couple of years before you can make an educated decision about how it compares to any others (which you don’t really know about.) Does that make any sense. We try to use it to it’s full extent and regular improvements are coming in three times a year. It would be great if there were a better parts catalogue interface that could be trusted for pricing and availability. And a faster way to analyze fluid capacities/types/specs without leaving the mgt program, better marketing, scanning capabilities for vin’s, parts, etc. I could go on. But at the same time, I feel fairly comfortable that Mitchell will be in business for some time to come and that is one of the largest factors for me. Support is fair to good and cost is not as bad as others that I have heard about.
Does it sound like I’m trying to convince myself???
Hope all is great with you. I’ll give you a land line sometime to catch up.April 4, 2006 at 12:55 am#67082cdmcoMember
I ran Invomax (or should I say INVOJUNK) for several years I had nothing but problem after problem, and it was so poorly supported it literaly cost me an unbelievable amount of wasted time and of course time is money. Invomax was the single largest business mistake I ever made.
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