Mobile apps are a big thing. So big, in fact, that in 2013 people spent $10 billion in AppStore alone.
This record-breaking figure is only further reinforced by the 3 billion reported downloads in the last month of 2013. Apple surely knows how to bring apps to their users and it has paved the way for Google’s Play Store, which in Q2 2013 managed to overtake the Appstore with 10% more app downloads.
If you’re looking for ways to boost your dealership, it’s a no-brainer: an auto dealer mobile app is the way to go. What are your app options? Read on to discover the Top 5 app developers that are taking advantage of this niche.
MobileAppLoader: The Cali App Developers
One thing that worries dealership owners and small and mid-sized business in particular is having to rob a bank in order to afford an app. That’s where MobileAppLoader comes in. Their apps start at just shy of $11 per month and the only major investment you’ll have is a $249.99 one-time setup fee.
Despite offering apps for a broad broad range of industries, their customer-facing auto dealer mobile app includes all the features that a car dealer would want. Even with the basic bundle you get an app that can handle appointment history and requests.
cDemo: The Data Guys
“Data is everywhere,” say the data experts at cDemo, “and it influences every business decision you make on a daily basis.”
Their ten-year long experience in all things data – from collection, to organization and management, to distribution – is what sets these guys apart. They have developed a platform that aims to take data consumption and sharing to the next level, making the whole process easier, more scalable, and more accurate.
cDemo provides a host of apps that can be used by customers and car dealerships alike. It is good to see that the company doesn’t rely only on data, but goes further and implements multimedia features. As an example, Mobile Inspector focuses on creating a Dynamic Virtual Vehicle Brochure that includes photographs, videos and document details about a car that you are putting up for sale.
CAR-Research: The Car People
Some may argue that the people who best understand the automotive industry are the people who have worked in it. CAR-Research fits this profile exactly. They started the company over 18 years ago as a car dealership and developed a new Customer Relationship Management(CRM) tool as a result. Now, the company has taken their tool to the 21st Century by turning it into an app.
MobileXRM, or Exceeding CRM as they like to call it, has many of the of the key features of CAR-Research’s full fledged CRM. It allows dealerships to provide their sales people with the convenience of accessing customer data, inventory, follow-ups, and internet leads. Absolute necessities such as appointments and sales process are not left out.
DealerApp Vantage: The Mobile App Veterans
DealerApp Vantage have been riding the AppStore hype wave ever since it started. The company was founded back in 2010, when Apple reported just over 3 billion iOS downloads. DealerApp Vantage recognized the opportunity for an auto dealer mobile app and took full advantage of it.
The company has many years of experience in the automotive industry behind its back and it is the first one to offer native mobile apps for it. DealerApp Vantage are designing customer-facing apps that allow buyers to enjoy better communication, convenience services, up to date information. This results in benefits for the dealerships, as well. They have reported increased visibility, customer satisfaction and even improved customer retention.
Dealertrack: The All-Round Solution
Back in 2001 Dealertrack was established with an aim to provide software solutions that can benefit all major segments of the automotive industry can benefit from. Apart from owning the biggest credit application network in North America, the company has an award-winning set of tools to offer, as well. These include dealer management systems, inventory, digital document services and more.
Their Dealertrack Mobile is a business-facing app that provides secure real-time access to ongoing deals. Checking the status of applications and contracts in transit is also made very straightforward on touchscreen smartphones.
Customers today are pretty hard to keep up with. According to DealerRefresh, 38% make a purchase within 4 hours of visiting their first dealership. Do you have what it takes to attract them to your business first? Mobile apps seem like a great avenue to provide impeccable customer experience in your dealership.
These are just a handful of the auto dealer mobile app developers out there. Let us know about your favorite developer or app in the comments below.