New feature that will boost your fleet uptime and client satisfaction – vehicle damage management

New feature that will boost your fleet uptime and client satisfaction – vehicle damage management

Is there anything more frustrating for a mobility user than needing quick access to a vehicle and having none available nearby?

Yes – finding a vehicle on the app, making your way to it, and discovering that it's broken. 

Vehicle damage comes in all shapes and sizes from broken scooter kickstands and headlights to damaged moped QR codes and car engine issues. Even minor damage to a vehicle can severely affect its usability, putting it out of order until a ground operations team catches and resolves the issue.

Worst of all, it's often the customer who first encounters the problem and does so during one of the most sensitive parts of the user journey, namely, when they have an acute need for transportation. 

As a result, unresolved maintenance issues are not only directly hurting your bottom line by taking one of your vehicles off the road, but they may severely negatively impact client satisfaction, too. 

That's why the ATOM Mobility team has added a new solution to the vehicle-sharing and rental modules – vehicle damage management

Let's take a closer look at this new feature, explore why it's important, as well as understand how it works from both the user and operator perspectives. 

Vehicle damage reporting – a better experience for everyone

In the simplest terms, the new feature allows users to easily report any vehicle issues through the app – and for your operations team to effectively respond to and manage the reports. This helps your mobility business in several ways. 

ATOM Mobility's vehicle damage reporting feature:

  • Increases the speed at which you receive information about necessary repairs for your fleet,
  • Enables you to respond to this information in an organized manner, as it streamlines operator tasks through the Dashboard and Service app,
  • Equips users with a clear communication channel for reporting issues.

In unison, these help you ensure maximum uptime for your fleet, as well as offer various other benefits. These include:

  • Identifying issues that routine maintenance might miss, e.g. a trunk stuck shut, 
  • Resolving customer anxieties by letting them report problems, e.g. people might be hesitant to use a damaged vehicle in case they get blamed for the issues,
  • Giving you better control over the customer experience, e.g. turning a negative encounter with your brand into a positive one through communication,
  • Easily tracking maintenance history for your fleet, e.g. discovering which vehicles fail often and require replacement. 

Simply put, this new feature is a positive for everyone involved. All you need to do is set it up – let's find out how. 

How does vehicle damage reporting work? 

On the surface, it's simple – the customer reports some damage and you fix it. But underneath the hood, it's … still simple. Here's how the new functionality works from the perspective of your customers and your operators. 

For your customers

In the user app, anyone can report an issue by clicking the “Report” button found on the vehicle card. For the Sharing module, it's located in the “More” menu, whereas for the rental module, the “Report” button is visible directly on the vehicle card. 

After pressing the button, your customers will be able to indicate the faulty part, include a more detailed description in the comment field, as well as add up to three images of the issue in question. 

The tags that the user sees can be customized in the Dashboard

Your customer can complete the damage report process quickly and painlessly and it wraps up with a friendly thank you message that lets them know that your team is ready to resolve the issue. The system will highlight previously approved damages for user convenience.

For your operators

Once a user submits a report, it will appear in your Dashboard. You can find “Damage reports” under “More” in your left menu. 

Here the operator can verify, approve, and/or modify the reports. Once a report is checked, the operator can approve the report and then it gets passed onto the maintenance crew and their Service app. The admin can also add damages manually via the dashboard, for example if they notice any additional issues in the user pictures. 

In the Service app, the approved reports appear as a task. When your team is done with repairs or maintenance, they can mark damages as fixed by clicking "Mark as done". 

A highly useful feature is the ability to track damage reports and fixes, as well as who fixed them and how quickly – all of this data can be easily exported. This allows you to gain a broader understanding of the health of your fleet and its individual vehicles and make data-based decisions, e.g. about which vehicles to choose/avoid when growing your fleet. 

ATOM Mobility – future-proof your mobility business

ATOM Mobility is a mobility superapp that equips mobility businesses with a robust solution for all their tech needs – from a modern user app to a functional platform for fleet management and more. This allows you to launch and scale your mobility business incredibly quickly, no matter the vehicle type. 

More than that, a chief reason why many mobility entrepreneurs choose ATOM Mobility for the long term is that they benefit from the on-going improvements to the app – like the feature discussed in this article. Alongside our own continuous developments of the app, our team frequently receives requests for various custom additional features, and when we see broader applicability, we also make it available to our other clients. 

But don't take our word for it – hear it from our clients in our latest case study.

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