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Setup and Use Different Checklists

With InspectARide you can easily setup and use different checklists. This is very helpful if you do more than one type of vehicle inspection. You can have checklists with varying levels of detail or you have checklists with completely different content. There is no limit to the number of checklists you can setup and use.

For example, let’s say you focus on tires so you want a simple checklist setup that only has information related to vehicle tires. But, you also like to do a quick inspection on the whole car to look for damage before you do work on it so you want a short whole vehicle checklist as well. You can easily have a checklist for each type of inspection and use them as needed.

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Adding Inspectors

You can easily add inspectors to your InspectARide account. This is done by logging in to the online portal and going to ‘Account Management’ and then ‘Inspectors’. On the ‘Inspectors’ tab you can setup the inspectors that you need. Once this is done you can switch between inspectors on your mobile device by going into ‘Settings’. If the people doing inspections each have their own device then you’ll select the inspector once on each device and be all set. However, if a device is shared between different inspectors you can simply change the inspector in ‘Settings’ as needed.

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Make Sure You Fill Everything Out

When putting together an inspection report it’s important that you don’t accidently miss filling something out. This can happen whether you’re using paper or software. If you forget to fill something out it doesn’t mean you didn’t inspect it, but that’s how it’s going to look to whoever is reading the report.  

Don’t worry, InspectARide has you covered. When you are ready to finish an inspection the app will let you know if you missed anything. The app has a list of everything that hasn’t been filled out which you can see at any point in time during the inspection. What this means is that even if you did accidently skip over something, you’ll know about it and be able to fill it out before finishing the report. While unintentionally leaving an item blank can happen with both paper and software, only software can automatically let you know when it happens!

 

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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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Dropdowns

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.

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Setup Your Own Checklists

Having the right checklist is important. Depending on the type of vehicle inspections you’re doing you may want a checklist designed for detail or a shorter one designed for speed. InspectARide comes with several checklists already setup that give you a great starting point. Some inspectors will use these exactly as they are without making any changes whereas others will want to start from scratch and build their own. InspectARide has you covered either way.

Setting up your own checklist is easy. You can modify an existing one or start a brand new one. You decide what Rating terms to use, how many sections you want in it, and how many inspection points you want. Once your checklist is created it can automatically be sent for use to your mobile device(s).

 Our checklist creator is easy to use, but we know there are things that we can do to make it even better. We’re very excited to see how it evolves over time!

 

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Coming Soon – Easier Way to Search Past Inspections

From day one we knew it was important to make it easy to sort through already completed inspections. While it wasn’t as easy as we liked when InspectARide was first released, it was on our radar to improve quickly. We’ve been working on quite a few updates to the portal and one that we’re close to releasing is the ability to easily and quickly search through your past inspections.

With this upcoming update you’ll be able to search by:

  • File Name
  • VIN
  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Client
  • Inspector
  • Inspection Date

This will make it easy to get to the inspection(s) you want fast. Once you have the inspection pulled up you can view it, email it, download it or even delete it if it’s one you don’t want to store on the cloud anymore.