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TCS Launches License Plate Vehicle Look-Up For Retail Websites

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

TCS Technologies launches an all new, easier way for dealers to capture VIN information on website quote requests by allowing consumers to verify vehicle data by entering their license plate number when requesting a quote or scheduling service on retail websites.

Technologies, a leader in tire and automotive service internet marketing solutions, announced the launch of a first to industry feature allowing consumers to easily provide dealers their vehicle information by entering their license plate number.  Consumers can request a quote on tires or services for their vehicle by entering their plate number and the form will automatically populate their vehicle’s year, make and model.  In addition, the dealer will receive the vehicle’s VIN, engine size and trim option as a result of the license plate being entered on the web form.

The feature is currently on four retail websites participating in the feature launch.  Dealers participating include BCS Tire Pros in College Station Texas, Bridgestone Firestone dealer Cannon Tire in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Goodyear Tire and Service Network dealers Tire Source in Canton, Ohio and McGee Auto Service and Tires in Lakeland, Florida. TCS is calling the launch ‘phase 1’ of this feature and plans to have several different releases around the feature to create the most dynamic experience possible for the user and the dealer.image008

Kenny Pratt, TCS Vice-President commented about the release, “Dealers frequently complain consumers are requesting a quote or more information on tires which are not suited for their vehicle.  Consumers guess at their vehicle information when entering year, make, model, and option on our websites.  As our team searched for a solution to bring the dealer more valid leads and opportunities via their online marketing, the license plate vehicle look-up was a perfect solution.  After the consumer types in their vehicle’s license plate number and submits a quote or appointment request, our tire dealers will automatically receive a verified VIN and correct vehicle data – eliminating the errors which are usually associated with year, make, and model quote request forms.”  TCS also offers the VIN look-up by entering license plate information in their Tire Power point of-sale software, and plans to further integrate how the feature is used between the two platforms; retail websites and point-of-sale software.

“We frequently receive quote requests from our online users who are not sure of their vehicle’s year, make, model and option.  Now that we are receiving the VIN from these potential customers, we are able to provide a more accurate quote on tires and services.  Our managers are better equipped to advance the sale when following up on our web leads.” stated Drew Dawson, Tire Source CEO.

“We are thrilled with this new feature.  I have never seen another website with this feature, so it helps my site stand out from the big box shops in my area.  There isn’t another site out there that makes it easier to ‘get a quick quote’ and for my salesmen to be equipped with detailed information about the vehicle.”  said Amir Hirani of BCS Tire Pros.

The license plate vehicle look-up feature is available to all TCS website customers on the new platform as well as TCS is offering the new feature at no additional cost to all new customers who sign on before July 1.  Interested parties can contact TCS Technologies at 1-888-449-8473, or visit

The new feature can be found by visiting one of the participating dealer sites at:

About TCS Technologies

TCS Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire and automotive service companies across the US and Canada. As the industries only full-service technology provider, TCS has built a product base, which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire or automotive service business. TCS has tools unmatched in the industry, and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS’s home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.


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Leverage Promotions to encourage return visits to your website

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Just as you want customers to visit your tire and automotive service location frequently, you also want potential and present customers to visit your website. Displaying promotions on your website is a great way to encourage return visits. You will want to change your promotions regularly and add a few features to make it easy for your visitors to share your promotions with their friends.

  • Let your visitors know to “Keep checking back!” and include a bookmark to your site to make it easy for visitors to get back
  • Add permission based marketing such as “Click here to be notified when we update our specials” or “Click here for advance notice of deals”
  • Make it easy for visitors to share your specials. Add a “Tell your friends about this special” button
  • Leverage viral marketing by offering incentives such as ”Tell 2 friends and you will be entered into a drawing”

Remember, each time a person returns to your site your brand is reinforced and the more likely you will be first in their minds when they are ready to buy tires!

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New ePower Features Added

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

We have added many new features in ePower to give our customers even more flexibility and encourage their customers to buy from them over their competition.

  • Sell Rate/Markups – Users of your website can now create a markup off of their cost.
  • Add-Ons – Allows user to save predefined add-ons that will display on the customer printout.
  • Part Inventory Display Settings – Allows you the control of default settings to your website.
  • Specials Page – Now you can dynamically add a Specials Page to your site.
  • Activity Logs – You can see who is logging into your site and when, what they are searching for and what they are doing.

With ePower the wholesale tire dealer has an eCommerce website designed for the industry. For a demo of all of the new features please call 888-449-8473.