DRAPER, Utah—In an industry where computer programs for automotive repair shops could cost thousands of dollars, Profit Pro Inc. is promoting a revolutionary idea: the distribution of its software and electronic parts cataloging free to installers nationwide. The company's plan was originally announced at the '96 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week shows in Las Vegas. Last month, Profit Pro said it had enlisted the support of a number of companies and organizations, including Federated Auto Parts, Parts Plus, Pronto, and Auto Parts Professionals (APP).
Other clients include service and retail chains such as Advance Auto, Pep Boys, PACCAR Automotive and Big O Tires Inc.
Profit Pro said its ProfitWare CD-ROM contains more than $4,000 worth of its software and catalog data free to parts installers. The disk includes the company's estimating software, repair shop management software, parts cataloging, electronic ordering, and a free trial of the Mitchell' Labor Guide. Installers may continue to receive free catalog updates each month by calling a toll-free number to register.
Brad Duncan, president, said Profit Pro believes electronic parts catalogs should be available to installers at no charge, just as are printed catalogs.
``As a result, we are working with industry leaders to put the ProfitWare CD in as many installer locations as we can,'' he said. ``We are giving away the software so that every installer can take advantage of electronic parts cataloging without having to purchase an expensive installer package.''
The company is able to give away software and catalog data, he explained, due to the financial participation of parts manufacturers and parts suppliers.
ProfitWare software—which can run on IBM-compatible personal computers—will be available for integration with any third-party repair shop management software, the company said, so that installers who already use a management program still can take advantage of free cataloging.
Profit Pro said it also offers optional training and support packages for its software users, as well as an optional turnkey hardware package. The firm claims that thousands of service dealers use its service management software, and that more than 40 companies have integrated its electronic parts catalog into their own software.
For more information about receiving free software and parts catalogs, contact Profit Pro toll-free at (888) 879-9996 or (800) 879-9996.