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AUTO/MATE EBOOK GUIDES AUTO DEALERS THROUGH “10 STEPS” FOR A SUCCESSFUL DMS DATA CONVERSION

  Clifton Park, N.Y., September 7, 2010 — Auto/Mate, provider of the highest ranked DMS in the 2009 NADA Annual Survey of Dealership Satisfaction, has announced the release of a new eBook titled “The Auto Dealer’s 10-Step Guide for a Successful DMS Data conversion.” The guide is designed to help retail automotive dealers set up internal processes that will reduce complications associated with data conversions, regardless of which DMS vendor the dealer is switching to or from.

“Most dealers have heard a horror story or two about DMS conversions, and they mistakenly think it’s an inevitable part of the process – or that success is solely the responsibility of the DMS vendor,” says Mike Esposito, CEO of Auto/Mate. “Yet with adequate planning there are concrete steps a dealer can take to protect their data and make the transition to a new system relatively smooth.”

            Top industry experts contribute tips and anecdotes based on consulting experiences with hundreds of dealership clients that have switched DMS vendors. The eBook benefits dealers who have already chosen a new DMS provider, as well as dealers who are considering a change but are hesitant due to fears of losing data, loss of productivity, employee resistance, and other factors often associated with data conversions.

“It’s important to realize that data is not only one of the most valuable assets that a dealership has, but is irreplaceable once lost or destroyed,” says Esposito. “This guide will help dealers identify and successfully convert all the critical data and processes necessary for uninterrupted operations.”

The release of the eBook comes approximately four months after Auto/Mate’s first eBook, “The Dealer’s 10-Step Guide to Changing Your DMS,” which helped dealers through the selection process for a new DMS vendor. Feedback from the first eBook was overwhelmingly positive with a high volume of downloads on Auto/Mate’s site, indicating a high demand for helpful and impartial information related to DMS systems and data conversions.

The Auto/Mate eBook, “The Auto Dealer’s 10-Step Guide for a Successful DMS Data Conversion,” is available for free downloads at the Auto/Mate Web site: http://www.automate.com/downloads/ConversionGuide.pdf.

 About Auto/Mate: Auto/Mate is a leading dealer management system provider that offers its AMPS system to franchised dealerships. The company has received top satisfaction rankings from customer in NADA’s 2009 Dealership Management System survey and boasts more than 300 years of collective automotive experience among its key executives and employees—the foundation of its “designed by car people for car people slogan.” For more information, visit www.automate.com or call 877-340-AMPS (2677).

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