Dealers utilizing a PDS Certified dealership management system have a huge opportunity to take advantage of data that wasn’t previously available in their DMS. PDS Certification is the result of Powersports Data Standards (PDS) and the need for standardized data and OEM integrations across the powersports industry.
You’ll receive the benefits of automated tools and processes that lead to simplified ordering, greater parts availability and increased support for your service technicians. At this time, OEMs and dealer software providers are able to become PDS certified for 4 interfaces: Parts Inventory, Parts Locator, Vehicle Specifications and Dealer Master.
What do these interfaces mean for your dealership?
Parts Inventory data standardization allows dealers to be more efficient with maintaining parts inventory levels. Through integration, parts inventory is provided by the dealers to manufacturers. The inventory data is analyzed to identify trends and improve forecasting, ultimately helping dealers maintain their parts levels. Dealers are also able to search parts availability from other dealerships using the Parts Locator.
Using a real-time parts locator, dealers are able to search the parts inventories of manufacturers and participating dealers for parts availability. Dealers can better service their customers by providing more accurate service repair time estimates. They’ll also be able to more effectively schedule service tech time.
Dealership software solutions that are PDS certified for Vehicle Specifications provide dealers with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) lookup for access to a unit’s factory specs. The availability of this data can ensure the validity of spec information on units added to inventory. Acquired VIN data can also help service techs provide efficient, accurate vehicle service.
PDS certified DMS vendors will be able to obtain OEM-specific information for each dealer, which will enable them to properly configure and optimize the DMS-OEM integrations for each dealer based on their active product lines. As OEMs create new features available for integration, PDS certified DMS vendors will be able to seamlessly integrate new functionality for dealers.
Overall, dealers benefit from the tight integration between OEMs and DMS providers who have achieved PDS certification. Dealers will gain efficiencies and access to OEM-specific data, resulting in improved customer experience and greater profitability.
Powersports Data Standards represents growth and an exciting transformation for the powersports industry. DX1 is proud to offer dealers a cloud-based, PDS Certified dealership management system.