Auto Service World
  January 26, 2018   by Allan Janssen

Vehicle selector

Mitchell 1 has enhanced its ProDemand auto repair information software with the addition of a new Plate-to-VIN vehicle selector feature that provides precise vehicle descriptions and saves time for technicians and service writers.

“Making decisions based on inaccurate VIN information can cost auto repair shops money. So we’re very pleased to offer the Plate-to-VIN vehicle selector that not only increases accuracy, but also makes the vehicle identification process faster and easier. This new feature is another way ProDemand can help shops improve overall efficiency,” said Gary Hixson, senior market manager for ProDemand, Mitchell 1.

With the new feature, a technician simply enters the license plate number of the vehicle requiring service and ProDemand automatically converts that to the VIN registered to that plate. The Plate-to-VIN feature speeds up the vehicle selection process by reducing the number of characters to enter, and also helps to make the vehicle identification more accurate by eliminating manual typing of the 17-digit VIN and returning specific vehicle details including the year, make, model, sub-model and engine.

Once the plate number is converted to the appropriate VIN, users can then quickly access all the information in ProDemand, including OEM color wiring diagrams, descriptions, specifications, testing steps and procedures, as well as real-world repair information and diagnostic tools in SureTrack.

ProDemand provides complete OEM repair, estimating and maintenance information and exclusive real-world industry insights in a single lookup, to help automotive technicians repair vehicles more efficiently. The new Plate-to-VIN conversion feature adds another level of ease-of-use and accuracy to the popular auto repair software.

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