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Pinewood DMS integrates with Scrive eSign

Scrive, the European pioneer in automating contract-based business processes, is bringing momentum to the digitalisation of the UK automotive industry. Working closely with Pinewood Technologies, Scrive is now offering its electronic signatures within the DMS – supporting dealers to provide the ultimate digital omnichannel experience.

Within the automotive sector, Scrive also works with VW, KIA, Europcar, and BMW Financial Services. By co-operating with Pinewood, one of the leading solutions for dealer management, Scrive is making a significant contribution to closing the last gaps in digital manufacturer and dealer processes. The challenge of switching to digital processes in the automotive industry is great. Above all, compliance with manufacturers and the desire of customers for digital omnichannel processes requires smart solutions.

Offer car buyers the optimum buying experience

Many customers today want a digital omnichannel process when buying a car. The digital showroom has become increasingly important, along with the option to buy a vehicle partially or completely online. For this, dealers need an innovative digital system that enables a contemporary customer experience. Pinewood, as a provider of such software, is now closing the last digital gaps in its solution. This includes the use of eSignatures – businesses need to manage finance documents, vehicle orders, job cards, and invoices.

Without digital signatures, dealers would need to print out, sign in person (or through the post), and scan every document back in – then store these in a physical folder. Digital signatures simplify the workflow, save time, and reduce costs. Pinewood has thus solved an important problem in the industry with the integration of Scrive. Franchise operations, used car dealers, and truck and motorcycle distributors benefit from significantly simplified customer management and the complete digital purchasing process.

Pinewood chooses secure eSignatures from European provider Scrive

Scrive is one of the few providers that meet all eIDAS requirements for a qualified electronic signature, which is fully equivalent to a handwritten signature in legal terms. They use blockchain technology to seal every digital document, to ensure that it’s secure against fraud and forgery. Scrive is compatible with various hardware and software and works on all devices. This allows customers to conveniently provide an eSignature from any location.

Customers can sign finance agreements in the Pinewood DMS apps or remotely, using Scrive’s integrated eSignature service. The use of eSignatures eliminates manual steps in dealer processes, to save valuable hours. Dealers eliminate the need to enter data, print, and re-scan documents back in – so deals are increasingly quick and easy to complete.

Neville Briggs, Managing Director of Pinewood, explains the background to the decision to work with Scrive:

“Sending documents for signature via email was the main service we needed. In addition, we now also enable sending via SMS to give retailers multiple options for sending messages – depending on how their customers want to transact. Working with the team at Scrive was really easy. They know their product and the market extremely well. They also offer a competitive pricing structure that works for our customers. We look forward to getting more dealers on board and seeing the results.”

Victor Wrede, CEO of Scrive, also emphasises the importance of the collaboration:

“Our goal is to provide our customers worldwide with a cost-effective and user-friendly way to send digital documents for e-signing, making the entire car buying and service process 100% digital. We will see success when dealers provide their customers with the digital omnichannel experience they are looking for.”

Scrive eSign is available now to Pinewood users. Contact us today for more information.

The Next Step Towards the Paperless Workshop

Pinewood Technologies have made it easier for dealers to prepare their warranty claims with new Write-ups in their Tech+ app. Technicians can add digital notes to jobs on their phone whilst they work on a vehicle, highlighting any new issues found and corrections made – saying goodbye to printed job cards.

Not only have Write-ups helped with reducing paper in the workshop, but they also give Manufacturers a clear view when auditing for Warranty Claims, with no need to trail through mountains of printed job cards. Write-ups can have specific headings depending on the franchise and are visible in Pinewood DMS, including a timestamp and record of any edits, providing full visibility across the business.

Gavin Crolla, Divisional Warranty Leader at Mercedes-Benz Leeds explains –

“Previously when submitting warranty claims or providing information to customers, we would waste so much time looking through filing cabinets and struggling to read handwriting. We now have a permanent digital history of our Write-ups neatly archived against job numbers in the DMS. It meets our audit standards with name and date stamps so we don’t need to worry that our claims will be rejected. The information can be reviewed forever-more, massively reducing our paper usage.”

Dealers have faced many challenges during the past year and digitalisation has clearly been an important factor. Whether it’s booking a service on the website, signing job cards digitally or paying for a service online – car buyers are embracing the impact of the digital world and dealers are seeing a massive improvement across their businesses when implementing the tools available to them.

Write-ups are available now in Pinewood DMS – the latest addition in Pinewood’s Digital Journey.

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