LONG BEACH, Calif. – AiM Dealer Inspections, evaluators of new and used vehicles, has launched a new website that allows dealers to post vehicles and move vehicles among multiple marketplaces. This innovation simplifies the wholesale vehicle transaction process for its clients, allowing buyers and sellers to make transactions from their desktop, saving on time, travel and costs. AiM’s “Dealer Switch” will be launched at the Digital Dealer conference in Las Vegas Oct. 5-7.
AiM’s Dealer Switch includes an on-site vehicle inspection and a detailed, standardized condition report with photos that serves as a “virtual vehicle,” one that can be sent to multiple online marketplaces, such as OVE, SmartAuction or OpenLane with a click of a mouse. AiM Dealer Switch eliminates the costly logistical problem of moving a vehicle from location to location, accelerating the time it takes to sell a vehicle.
“Dealer Switch is using the Internet to make wholesale transactions faster and more cost-efficient,” said Eric Widmer, vice president of sales and operations at AiM (Alliance Inspection Management). “We call it ‘Inspect/Post/Sell.’ Utilizing our web-based software, a seller can move a vehicle from one auction to another to get a vehicle seen by more potential buyers, who can then make quick decisions on cars they want to buy. AiM has invested a lot of time creating an inspection process that’s thorough, consistent and easy to understand, to help our customers make smart purchase decisions.”
AiM, with a national network of nearly 500 full-time inspectors that has conducted more than 35 million inspections since 2005, is able to offer Dealer Switch to dealers and auctions anywhere in the U.S.
AiM inspectors review each vehicle prior to sale, using a 150-point evaluation process to generate an online condition report, complete with photos (typically 12-20). Buyers then select which online marketplaces to post the vehicle on and manage the online auction in real-time. No transporters are necessary until the vehicle is sold.
“Dealer Switch streamlines the process from wholesale inventory to the buying dealer’s showroom,” said Widmer. “We’re getting great feedback from our early adopters, and they’re happy with their results.”
About AiM (www.aimdealerinspections.com or www.aimmobileinspections.com)
Long Beach, Calif.-based AiM (Alliance Inspection Management) was founded in 2005 to inspect the condition of new and used vehicles from bumper to bumper. AiM’s national team of 500 technicians are equipped with Panasonic© Toughbook© tablet computers and 3G cellular capabilities to perform comprehensive, 150-point vehicle inspections and deliver a report within 48 hours of the inspection. AiM recently launched a grading system to help customers determine the quality and condition of a car or truck. Letter grades are provided on all AiM packages (AiM Plus, AiM Preferred and AiM Certified), which includes engine oil and transmission fluid analysis with a warranty for these parts. The condition report consists of an AiM professional’s visual, mechanical and road test evaluation. Each item on the condition report is weighted based on importance to determine the grade. AiM, which has auto manufacturers, rental fleets, dealers, auction houses, finance companies and consumers among its clientele, recently perfomed its 35 millionth vehicle inspection.