Monday 26th January 2015 Posted in Automotive News

H.R. Owen has selected AUTOi, the market leading vehicle appraisal software solution powered by HPI, to deliver increased accuracy and competitive valuations across its network. After a three month trial, H.R. Owen is rolling out AUTOi across its dealerships to bring them detailed management information, plus fast, easy and accurate appraisals to help dealers get the best price on quality stock.

Jack Barclay Bentley of Berkley Square, London, trialled AUTOi and immediately saw the benefits. Compatible on Apple technology and Android smartphones and tablets, AUTOi allows dealers to mark damage directly onto images, for more accurate appraisals. Damage types are selected from a drop down menu and colour coded for easy identification. Digital appraisals can be sent to any dealer contacts for estimates for repairs, including audio descriptions and pictures or videos. In addition, AUTOi is integrated with HPI's VRM look-up and HPI Spec Check valuation solution, for added efficiency and flexibility.

There are 3 overriding key benefits to employing AUTOi.  By enhancing time management, dealers gain more efficient use of their resources. The paperless appraisal system means dealers have access to all the information they need, at any time and any place. This means a car can be appraised in one location and valued in another. And the link to HPI means they have immediate information from CAP and Glasses Guide without having to log on to other systems.

Increased accuracy of appraisals for more competitive valuations is the second significant benefit of AUTOi. This is because AUTOi delivers uniform information and appraisals are stored centrally on the website archive, allowing dealers to view them at any time. It also offers easy access to valuation data.  And third, the management information gives dealers greater insight into what they buy or should buy in future. Dealers can drill down to see make, model, age, colour and mileage of their most commonly appraised cars. 

Chris Harris, Marketing & Customer Director for H.R. Owen, comments, "Our pilot showed that AUTOi saved us time, increased the accuracy of appraisals and generated high quality management information, which is why we're now rolling out across the Group. Creating common systems and ways of working across H.R. Owen sites is an important part of our strategy, and AUTOi is a great tool to help us do this for appraisals."

Neil Hodson, Managing Director for HPI concludes, "H.R. Owen is an award-winning prestige motor retailer, with an outstanding reputation.  Recognising the value AUTOi brings to its dealers, H.R. Owen joins a growing number of dealers signing up to AUTOi, bringing fast, easy access to digital appraisals, improving the accuracy and marketing of their stock."




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