When COVID-19 hit in March, Dealer-FX we had to transform our installation and training models from in-dealership to virtual overnight to ensure the safety of our dealers and our team. Since that time, we have delivered over 12,000 hours of virtual training and consultations with our dealers.

Remote training is proving to be just as effective – and sometimes more so – than on-site visits. There are many benefits to Virtual Training, including: 

  • Multiple team members can participate at the same time
  • Safety-conscious
  • Increased efficiency
  • Immediate support

*Compared to in-dealership training.

“The Virtual Training we received from the Dealer-FX team is hands down the best training I’ve seen in my 30 years in the business. It is a much more efficient process as you can have multiple workstations live at once –  training the entire team through the whole process and immediately identifying issues.

The Support Team has been second to none. They are only a phone call away if we need help.”

Tom Archer, Service Director
Fair Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Chantilly, VA


Deploying technology solutions within a dealership requires a comprehensive approach to installation, process consulting and support. We’ve done it more than 2,500 times, continually refining our recipe for success — including Virtual Training! 

About the Dealership

Calgary-based South Trail Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram Superstore treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. This commitment to excellence earned them the “Consumer Choice Award” in 2019 for Southern Alberta. They opened their doors on February 1st, 2016 and implemented the wiADVISOR Program in 2018.


wiADVISOR has been integral to implementing a consistent process in the service lane and has generated impressive results. 

From the Dealership

“The wiADVISOR platform has transformed our service drive by allowing customers to have a more active and dynamic drop-off experience. Increased trust is by far the best benefit of wiADVISOR, as it allows customers to be much more involved in the check-in process. Consistently presenting factory recommended services for their vehicle creates greater transparency and makes them feel less like there are being ‘sold’ services.”

“Our write-up process has been streamlined and getting information to the Technicians has vastly improved since installing the wiADVISOR program. “Podding” our customers’ vehicles not only ensures accurate VIN write-up, but forces recalls, RRTs and codes present to be alerted to the Technician via the FCA Service Library. This gives the Technician a more informed view of the vehicle’s condition and increases the ‘Fixed Right the First Time” rate. ”

“I would highly recommend wiADVISOR to any dealership management team due to the enormous value the program brings to a dealership’s fixed operations.”

“We have already seen a 25% increase in CP sales since implementing the wiADVISOR program. It’s simple – get wiADVISOR or be left in the dust!”

Matthew Sheppard-Brown, Assistant Service Manager
South Trail Chrysler Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Calgary, AB

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About the Dealership

Since 1966, Van Horn Dodge has remained Wisconsin’s premier family-owned and operated Dealership. Today, they have 15 locations throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Their mission is simple: “Empower People. Amaze Customers.” They believe that car shopping and service experience should be easy, straightforward and hassle-free. 


Dealer Success

Van Horn Dodge was an early adopter of the wiADVISOR Program, signing up in 2013. Since upgrading to wiADVISOR 3.0 in April 2018, they have continued to build on their strong results.

From the Dealership

“wiADVISOR 3.0’s Appointment Manager has saved us over $1,000 per month compared to our previous provider.”

 Marc Shuman, Service Manager, Van Horn Dodge, Plymouth, WI

“wiADVISOR is easy to use. It makes our day smoother and we have increased our appointments as well as shop hours. My BDC department loves using Customer Connect as it is so easy and user-friendly. I look forward to the continued success and advancements of wiADVISOR 3.0.”

Marc Shuman, Service Manager
Van Horn Dodge, Plymouth, WI

“As a new Service Advisor, the overall ease of wiADVISOR 3.0 makes it easy to communicate and work with my clients. Estimates are easy to complete and get approved. Overall it’s a great, efficient tool that helps my day go a lot better.”

Derrick Adleman, Service Advisor
 Van Horn Dodge, Plymouth, WI

What’s Next?

wiADVISOR will transform your dealership and give your employees the tools they need to satisfy customers, while also driving higher revenue and profits. Get in touch to experience a live demo today!

Tacoma Dodge opened in 2011 and has quickly become one of the largest dealerships in Washington State. They are one of 523 FCA dealerships to earn the prestigious 2019 Customer First Award for Excellence Certified by J.D. Power.


Tacoma Dodge has been on wiADVISOR since 2014 and upgraded to wiADVISOR 3.0 in December 2018. Since January of this year, they have seen a:

  • $87 increase in the average recommendation post inspection
  • $57 increase in the average additional service request (ASR)
  • 20% CP Revenue lift year over year wiADVISOR baseline

“Since deciding to take the leap into wiADVISOR 3.0 in December of 2018, our service department has finally found the one platform that can accomplish a complete service transaction from appointment all the way through follow-up.”

Eric Frost, Service Director
Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma, WA

“The largest benefit we have seen is the awareness it has created with our entire service team on the importance of the multi-point inspection, as it is now the center of the service transaction.” Being able to see previous recommendations and factory maintenance requirements in one place has significantly improved the quality of our multi-point inspection process.”

Eric Frost, Service Director
Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma, WA

“The reporting tools are also top notch, as they allow you to really be specific when reviewing performance with your team members, and generate a level of accountability not previously achievable.

Every step of a transaction can be measured, and accountability created for every member of our team. We can finally measure how long it takes to get a parts request processed, review our technician’s recommendations for content and accuracy before presenting it to a customer, and focus the efforts of our BDC.”

Eric Frost, Service Director
Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma, W

“Lastly, the in-dealership training team, either remotely or when onsite, are some of the most passionate professionals I have had the pleasure to work within my 22 years in the automotive industry. They truly care about our success and are as committed as I have ever met when it comes to helping work through a process challenge. I even received follow up on Saturday or Sunday, which means they really understand the retail business we are in.”

Eric Frost, Service Director
Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma, WA

Enroll Today

wiADVISOR 3.0 will transform your dealership and give your employees the tools they need to satisfy customers, while also driving higher revenue and profits. All of the new features seamlessly integrate into the current wiADVISOR solution, providing superior visibility while giving you the best analytics in the industry. wiADVISOR 3.0 enables you to effectively communicate with customers and your Service Department, optimizing the dealership experience. Get in touch to learn more.

What’s Next?

We drive the digital transformation of dealerships with the only end-to-end platform that gives your employees the tools they need to satisfy customers while driving higher revenue and profits.

Retention Solution Drives $1 Million in Annual Net Fixed Operations Profit

Dealer-FX, a leading provider of integrated service and retention tools for dealers and OEMs, today announced that since installing Mopar’s wiADVISOR in its service department, Greenway Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Orlando, FL, has increased its net Fixed Operations profit by $1 million year-over-year, and Fixed Operations absorption to 105.42 percent, boosting the dealership into one of the most profitable Chrysler service departments in the country. Powered by Dealer-FX, wiADVISOR software powers multiple dealership service departments, both in the United States and Canada. It is a tablet-based solution that engages with customers at their vehicle and provides an exceptional experience on the service drive, enabling service advisors to build rapport and serve as relationship builders, rather than just order takers.

“Most other dealers cannot believe the numbers we are achieving here in service, they are almost too good to be true,” said Fixed Operations Director Tom Tempesta. “wiADVISOR replaces the traditional approach of a clipboard and desk jockey with tablets and a software solution that engages drivers in the service lane. With this technology we can quickly and efficiently discuss factory required maintenance options that contribute to better long-term vehicle care and offer our customers greater quality, accuracy, transparency and VIN-specific maintenance. As a result, we have stronger engagement with customers, sell more tires, more vehicle protection plans and enjoy increased customer satisfaction, retention and profitability,” Tempesta added.

Greenway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram runs an extremely busy service department with 10 service advisors that write anywhere from 60 to 170 ROs per day. According to Tempesta, what really makes his service department one of the most profitable is his fixed operations absorption rate at 105.42 percent, which means that it covers its own entire combined department operating expenses PLUS the total of fixed expenses and dealer salary. This provides the dealership with an opportunity to sell more vehicles, new and used, at competitive rates. Greenway is also 30 percent higher than the Chrysler national average, which sits at 70.46 percent. And the profitability continues to grow. Greenway started with wiADVISOR in March of 2013 and Fixed Operations net profit increased by $500,000 in 2014, $1 million in 2015 and is already up 33.1 percent year-over-year so far in 2016.

When a customer pulls into the Greenway service drive they are immediately greeted by a service advisor with a wiADVISOR tablet. The advisor quickly plugs a micropod into the vehicle’s OBDII port, which reads and validates the VIN and mileage and downloads all FCA’s OEM info. The service advisor can quickly view the mileage, in service date, when the warranty started and if still active, along with any warning messages and their codes, such as the check engine light or airbag light. wiADVISOR loads all active recalls for the specific VIN, immediately downloads any vehicle software updates, or flashes, and pulls all codes into the system.

“When I first started with wiADVISOR I thought I should get the system just for the recall information alone which is profitable. But, there is so much more to it,” said Tempesta. “For example, it tells the service advisor there is an update on the transmission and pulls the codes for that. Then information on an existing recall comes up. Then the advisor sees that there is a branded title as the vehicle was involved in a flood in New York. This is incredibly valuable information. It will also show if the customer has an extended warranty or not. And if you want to add a service contract, you can hit a button on wiADVISOR and it is added to the RO. I have also incorporated a tire tool and all the service advisor has to do is hit a button and get a price on tires, along with what is currently in stock,” Tempesta added.

Once the service advisor completes the write up on the tablet, which takes less time than with a traditional clipboard, they generate an RO and go over the recommendations with the customer. The customer reviews the recommendations and e-signs right on the tablet. The RO is then air printed and immediately sent to a technician, along with all the codes, warnings and information pulled up from the microPod. The service advisor does not have to leave the customer at any point during the check in and write up process. And, the technician has all the preliminary diagnostics at their fingertips before they even start the repair. They can see which codes misfire, etc., and gain a good overall picture of what the next step is, which saves time in the repair process.

“I am excited to be part of this new way of engaging the customer. It supports our dealership processes while also empowering our service advisors. We have seen an increase in our dollars per repair order — from $250 to $350, our net profit percent has seen a significant increase and we now have one of the most profitable Chrysler service centers in the country. Using tablet technology and following the correct process goes a long way towards optimizing the customer experience — and the results speak for themselves,” Tempesta stated.

About Dealer-FX

Dealer-FX is transforming how millions of consumers interact with automotive brands and their retailers. Our customer experience management platform uses advanced data analysis and mobile applications to deliver convenience, transparency and trust to consumers, and increased efficiency, profitability, retention and brand loyalty to OEMs and dealers. We are backed by the strength and resources of HGGC, a private equity firm in Palo Alto, CA.

Our core offering, ONE Platform, is comprised of seven components, which along with the Service Dashboard, manage the entire service experience from initial contact through drive-off and to next visit. It delivers the best dealer service experience. Period.

Dealer-FX is the exclusive or preferred service technology provider for FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, Audi, Mitsubishi and several other OEMs in the US and Canada, and has more than 2,000 dealership clients. Dealer-FX is based in Toronto, ON, and maintains an office in Rochester Hills, MI. For more information please visit dealer-fx.com, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Carlisle & Company

Carlisle & Company is the preferred provider of aftersales strategic guidance and tactical solutions for the world’s leading motor vehicle brands. The firm’s expertise is in data analytics, consulting, benchmarking, research, operational excellence, and non-profit consulting. Uniting and driving this breadth and depth of expertise is the pursuit of a better customer experience in the OEM channel.

Global OEMs in the automotive, agriculture, commercial truck, construction, diesel engine, industrial products, mining, and power equipment sectors have been coming to Carlisle for over 20 years. Their capabilities are global with a particular focus on North America and Europe. Carlisle & Company’s reputation is built on a history of performance, strong values and culture, integrity, and creativity.

For more information, please visit Carlisle-co.com.