Make 2014 the Year to Invest in Your Dealer Management Future

It’s no secret that 2013 saw a major upswing in economic growth for both the RV and Marine industries. Dealerships across the country are coming off their best season in years, and the future looks bright. With the recession in our rearview mirror and growth on the horizon, now’s the time for you to consider a first time purchase or a major upgrade in your dealer management software (DMS).

Believe it or not, a significant percentage of RV and Marine dealers do not operate their dealerships with an automated and fully-integrated dealer management system. Without using a dedicated, integrated and industry-specific solution to manage your business, you’re basically stifled from reaching your full potential.

A common misconception dealers have had for years is that they can’t financially afford the investment in a fully-integrated DMS system.  Others feel they have no means to predict or measure a system’s return on investment, so it’s not worth the risk.  Although the recent economic downturn did prevent many dealerships from adding increased expenses, it also opened many dealers’ eyes that they now need an integrated, automated system to manage their business so they can be better prepared for future growth and increased efficiencies and profitability throughout the dealership.

With 2014 quickly approaching, now’s the time to evaluate your current situation and see what kind of upgrades you can make to be proactive in the growth and success of your business.  There are a variety of systems out there with varying price points and solutions that are specific to your business needs.

Download guide How to Evaluate Dealer Management Systems
If you’re looking for direction as to what to begin looking for in a dealer management system, Integrated Dealer Systems (IDS) offers a completely unbiased software evaluation guide that includes a detailed checklist on several key areas of your business you need to examine including:

  • System Overview
  • Financial Management
  • Purchasing & Sales
  • Parts
  • Service & Warranty Management
  • Hardware & Networking Infrastructure
  • Support & Training

You can access the guide and learn more about what to look for when choosing a DMS system by visiting

If you’ve already made the investment into a fully-integrated DMS system, this doesn’t mean you don’t have some research and planning to do as well.  Remember, DMS systems are using the investment you’ve made with them to come out with new features, upgrades and additional training that provide you with the best experience and most ROI. Now’s the time to talk with your current provider to see how they can help you reach the full potential with your current system and make sure you’re equipped with the best offerings that benefit your specific business needs.

Whether you’re looking to implement a new DMS system, or get more out of your current one, you owe it to yourself and the future of your dealership to make 2014 the year you invest in your dealer management success.


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