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Importance of Pictures

A picture says a thousand words. We’ve all heard this, well, probably a thousand times. That doesn’t make it any less true. Pictures communicate something that words never can. It lets the person viewing them see exactly what the person who took them saw. When it comes to including pictures with your vehicle inspections the value is clear.

Regardless or what type of vehicle inspections you’re doing pictures have value. If you are trying to show damage a picture with a quick description is so much clearer than a note by itself will ever be. Let’s look at an example:

‘There is a dent in the driver side door’.

OK? How big is the dent? Where is the dent? Let’s get more descriptive:

‘There is a large dent at the bottom of the drive side door’.

That’s certainly better, but when you read a statement like that, the first thing you want to be able to do is see the dent. You instantly try to figure out what ‘large’ means. It’s at the bottom of the driver side door, but where exactly at the bottom? How big of an issue is this?

Having a picture alongside a brief description gives the person reading the report the information they need to get an accurate ‘picture’ of what is going on with the vehicle.

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One of the big advantages software has over paper is the ability to select preset comments/notes from dropdowns. This can be a huge timesaver in that you can insert several words, sentences, or even paragraphs worth of information with a single tap which is much faster than having to handwrite it out.

Another advantage of dropdowns is consistency. Having standard comments in dropdowns allows you to use the same language every time you come across a particular problem or scenario. All you have to do is simply insert the comment you crafted to use when you see it and you can move on without having to spend time thinking about the best way to describe what you’re seeing.

InspectARide makes using dropdowns easy. You can include the language you want and work through your entire inspection with very little typing.