PartsTrader LLC, a Web-based parts sourcing, quoting and ordering platform supporting the automobile collision repair industry, and Hotlines, a recycled automotive parts network facilitating the sale and purchase of recycled parts, have announced that an integration partnership is underway.
PartsTrader states that the integration will help recyclers more efficiently identify options from their inventories to satisfy repair shop part needs. Recyclers will no longer need to manually look up interchange parts in their inventory, since possible part matches will automatically list on the PartsTrader quoting screen below each requested part. Streamlined quoting will allow recyclers to select appropriate parts and add them to a quote with a simple click, enabling them to respond more completely and promptly to requests from repair shops.
"Recyclers are seeing more opportunities for part sales than they have traditionally seen with phone sales," said Ken Weiss, PartsTrader's director of business development. "We're using technology to solve the challenge that recyclers have faced in addressing the high volume of quote requests by translating their inventory options directly into the PartsTrader quoting screen."
Integrating inventory into the quoting process is one of several new features that PartsTrader says it will be releasing in the coming months for all recyclers. These include improvements to the built-in VIN decoding tool, better filtering options so recyclers only have to spend time on part types they actually sell, and reporting that will allow better sales performance and targeting.
"The human intelligence factor is essential because estimate and inventory data are never perfect," said Weiss. "The recycling professional will still be selecting the part(s) from their inventory that they believe best meets the needs of their repair shop customers in terms of delivery time, quality, price and value-added service."
Added Betsy Finnell, co-owner of Hotlines, "Based on feedback we've received from multiple recyclers in the industry, we're confident our Hotlines AutoMatch technology will effectively address their desire to streamline and automate the PartsTrader quote fulfillment process. Our live Hotlines AutoMatch service performs a real-time search of the recycler's inventory, displaying all necessary information to promptly and accurately quote the part-saving hours of work each day."