Deals on Wheels is a growing, independent dealership group with three locations in Missoula, Helena and Billings, Montana. In October 2020, the company’s leadership decided it was time to upgrade to a new, cloud-based dealership management system (DMS) from AutoStar, the legacy DMS that it had been using for approximately 10 years.
As CFO of Deals on Wheels, Brian Meyers was tasked with driving the implementation of IDMS. “We felt that AutoStar was visually outdated and there were more benefits in moving to a cloud-based system,” Meyers said. “Initially our guidance came from a fellow 20-group member who mentioned IDMS, and when we got the thumbs up from another dealer in that group we decided to make the switch.”
DealerSocket’s IDMS combines an intuitive and user-friendly web-based design with custom reporting. “Once we learned what IDMS was capable of, it was like opening the floodgates and we were able to get into constructive, really unique reporting,” Meyers said. He appreciates the ability to customize the dashboard and reports utilizing the Excel environment and the ability to extract data using a number of variables.
“In management meetings we often say, ‘You know what would be really cool is if we could measure this to this,’” Meyers said. “Then we try it out, make a fun report, and sometimes it’s extremely beneficial. Sometimes it’s not, but 9 times out of 10, we end up uncovering some piece of data that allows us to make a better decision for the company.”