A New Way To Take The Hassle Out Of Getting A Used Vehicle Inspection

A new way to take the hassle out of getting a used vehicle inspected has been introduced by Alliance Inspection Management (AiM) designed for both buyers and sellers. AiM, a unit of Kelley Blue Book parent Cox Automotive, is the nation’s leading vehicle inspection company than evaluates more than 13 million autos annually.

The company has launched a new website, AiMCertify.com to provide an easy and convenient way to find out the condition of any car or truck located in the U.S. before buying it or putting it up for sale. Offering tiered inspection services starting as low as $129, AiM has four products it is offering to vehicle buyers and sellers: AiM Preferred, AiM Plus, AiM Premier and AiM Commercial. All packages include a 150-point inspection, bumper-to-bumper interior and exterior evaluation, a test drive by a professional inspector, and 15 or more photos documenting condition. Other services offered in the higher level packages include vehicle history reports and fluid evaluation. All inspections include condition reports with “A” to “F” letter grades making the information quick and easy to comprehend.

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AiMCertify.com, The Go To Solution For Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspections

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), the leading vehicle inspection company that evaluates more than 13 million auto inspections annually, has launched AiMCertify.com for vehicle buyers and sellers. The vehicle inspection service platform provides an easy and convenient way to understand the real condition of a car or truck located in the U.S. before making a purchase or listing it for sale.


AiMCertify.com offers tiered inspection solutions – starting as low as $129 – for used vehicle shoppers and sellers through four product offerings: AiM Preferred, AiM Plus, AiM Premier and AiM Commercial. Each package includes a 150-point inspection; bumper-to-bumper interior and exterior evaluation; a test drive by a professional inspector; 15 or more photos documenting condition; online reporting and much more – vehicle history reports and fluid testing are included in several packages. All inspection products include a condition report with an “A” to “F” letter grade so buyers can quickly make informed decisions and sellers can list their vehicles with confidence.


“One of the biggest concerns when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle are underlying issues that might go unnoticed,” said AiM Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Eric Widmer. “Prospective vehicle buyers can use our services to ensure these items get identified before they pay for the car. It is also a good practice for people selling cars to be proactive and get a third-party inspection as this creates a trustworthy sales experience for both parties. With used car sales at an all-time high, we’ve launched AiMCertify.com to provide a solution for used car shoppers that want to have an independent verification of the condition of a car before making the purchase and sellers who want to address items before they list their vehicle for sale.”


Kelley Blue Book is launching a pilot of the AiMCertify.com program on its site November 15 to help car sellers be more transparent with their listings and increase the likelihood to sell their cars faster. From a buyer’s perspective, there will be more transparency into the vehicle with timely information on the true condition of a vehicle, which is at the cornerstone of Kelley Blue Book’s efforts to help buyers make the best possible purchase decision. The pilot will take place in several major markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and others.


AiMCertify.com inspections use the company’s proprietary software, hardware and training to ensure consistent high-quality and accurate condition reports. AiMCertify.com condition reports are designed to increase buyer confidence and reduce the time it takes to sell a car. AiM’s more than 1,400 full-time vehicle inspectors operate throughout the U.S., enabling AiM to address the more than 10 million vhicles bought and sold in the peer-to-peer market.


For more information please visit https://www.aimcertify.com/


AiM Hires New President & CEO

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2017) — Steve Lambert, an automotive remarketing and information technology leader, has been named president and CEO at Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), the leading national independent automotive inspection company. Lambert will take office in Long Beach, California on December 4.

Lambert, 56, comes to AiM with a mandate to strengthen the company’s core inspection and dealer floor plan audit businesses and scale the company for growth by developing new inspection services and products. In this role, Lambert will oversee all AiM operations, reporting to the board of directors.

“Steve is an accomplished business leader with proven experience in remarketing and information technology,” said Board Director and Senior Vice President of Manheim Vehicle Advantage Joe George. “Under his guidance, AiM will accelerate the growth of its offsite inspections, saving time and making it easier for dealers and consumers. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with AiM to create next-generation inspection solutions that benefit clients and the industry.”

Lambert joins AiM from Nissan North America Inc., where he served as vice president of Information Systems, overseeing all of Nissan’s information systems and services across the Americas. At Nissan, he was also president, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) and responsible for all sales finance activity in North America, which included the oversight of Nissan Canada Finance and start-up Nissan Renault Finance Mexico.

“AiM is strategically positioned to lead the industry and consumer space in vehicle inspection services,” Lambert said. “We’ll continue on the path of being the gold standard for vehicle inspection services as well as being an innovator in the remarketing space.”

Previously, Lambert served on AiM’s board of directors from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure as head of NMAC, the company used AiM’s off-lease inspection and floor plan audit services. Before joining Nissan in 1992, Lambert served as the head of sales, earnings and tax planning at Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California.

Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU) and a master’s degree in Business from BYU’s Marriott Graduate School of Management.

Condition Reports: Retaining Value for Off-Lease Vehicles

When a fleet vehicle heads to auction, its history and condition at the point of sale will largely determine its sale price. A brand and model that’s in better shape than a more beat-up sibling can fetch a significantly higher resale price.

Seasoned fleet managers take control of this process shortly after purchasing the vehicle, by implementing an effective preventative maintenance and repair program that ensures a vehicle will reach auction in good shape.



AiM’s Avis Direct Program Highlighted “Rental Car Companies Seek Residual Refuge In Non-Auction Venues”

DETROIT, Michigan (August. 22, 2017)

Seeking shelter from volatile residual values, rental car companies are selling more retired rental vehicles directly to dealers and consumers through non-auction sales channels.

Avis Budget Group Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said during their respective first quarter conference calls that per-unit fleet costs rose substantially in the quarter because of lower-than-expected used-vehicle values when they sold their retired vehicles.



AiM Debuts All New Wholesale Floor Plan Audit Platform

AiM Verify allows lenders to see dealership inventory even when an audit is underway

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2016) – Alliance Inspection Management (AiM) – a national independent third party inspection and floorplan auditing company – has developed and released AiM’s new proprietary wholesale floorplan system, AiM Verify, which allows automotive and finance institutions to mitigate risks associated with lending by providing customizable, accurate vehicle inventory audits for their dealership networks across the U.S. and Canada.

AiM developed AiM Verify to support its inventory reconciliation process based upon input from internal field staff auditors, management team and valued floor plan clients. AiM’s field staff is now equipped with the latest Android tablets featuring AiM Verify Mobile, a proprietary software designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of auditing.

“When developing the AiM Verify platform, we looked for ways that we could incorporate new technology to create a scalable model for wholesale vehicle floor plan audits,” said Jim Yates, chief executive officer and president at AiM. “By deploying new hardware and software to our auditors, we can provide a significant leap forward over what’s currently available in the market and continue to support the entire wholesale floor plan audit industry as a trusted third-party.”

AiM Verify customers will benefit from real-time, accurate reporting of on- and off-site inventory. The intuitive data capturing, dashboards and reports are easily customizable to suit the individual needs of each customer, and help minimize risks for companies in the automotive finance industry.

“Additionally, AiM Verify is being supported by our internal IT team, which allows for real-time support and quick reactions to our clients’ needs, ensuring confidence in our product, team and overall ability to manage risk,” added Yates.

AiM Verify is part of a growing suite of apps and technology tools developed by AiM as part of its mission to drive the success of our customers, field staff and the industry.

For more information about AiM, visit aiminspections.com.

About AiM

Founded in 2005, AiM (Alliance Inspection Management), an innovative North American automotive remarketing service organization, was established to provide the industry with standardized inspections from an independent, third-party company. Winner of the “Best Multiple Platform Provider” award for AiM MarketConnectTM, AiM is leading the industry with innovative technology solutions to deliver process driven accuracy, quality and efficiency. The company supports automotive manufacturers, rental fleet operators, dealers, auctions, finance companies and consumers by providing them with a suite of services including inspections, asset verifications, floor plan audits, claims processing and logistics process improvements. AiM’s national footprint of 1,500 full-time employees conduct more than 13 million inspections every year and more than 8,000 audits with excess of 1.9 million units. AiM is recognized as the trustworthy bridge between buyers and sellers. For more information, visit aiminspections.com or aimmobileinspections.com.

AiM Expands Its Sales & Marketing Division

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2016) — Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), a national independent third-party inspection company, has hired Michael Francis as the National Sales Director of Used Cars & Rental Cars. Francis will lead and oversee AiM’s sales growth and retention in its major used and rental car vehicle inspection markets, focusing on developing and fostering relationships with current and potential clients to maintain and grow revenue in their respective sales channel. Francis will report to Eric Widmer, AiM Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Mike Francis’ extensive auto remarketing experience will make AiM’s sales team even stronger, Mike brings a unique point of view in regards to digital remarketing and online sales,” said Widmer. “As a National Sales Director, he will help AiM customers wholesale cars faster and work with rental companies to increase the speed at which they can complete their remarketing processes.”

Francis has over 20 years of automotive industry experience, working for brands including Volkswagen of America and most recently, Ally Financial, where he served as Director of National Accounts at SmartAuction. There, he was responsible for directing strategic initiatives with OEM’s/captives, rental companies, banks, as well as strategic buyers and sellers to diversify and grow the SmartAuction platform.

For more information on AiM, please visit http://homepage.aiminspections.com/

AiM Hires New Vice President of Auction Operations

LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 9, 2016) Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), a national independent third-party inspection company, has hired a new Vice President of Auction Operations. Effective May 2, 2016, Jeff Gaetz will oversee and manage all of AiM’s vehicle inspection operations at various auctions sites around the U.S. Gaetz’s responsibilities will also include managing AiMs nationwide network of auction inspections and operations as well as supporting customer relationships throughout the U.S. and Canada. In his role, he will also work to grow the business at fixed locations and work with the major consignors, auction companies and independent auctions to provide inspection services and technology solutions to meet the needs of buyers and sellers. Gaetz will report to Tom Gardner, Sr. Vice President of Operations.

“Jeff Gaetz is a great addition to the AiM team,” said Tom Gardner, Sr. Vice President of Operations. “He brings a wealth of experience in auction operations and is well-respected in the auto auction industry. Jeff can immediately provide great leadership and support to our organization and to our customers.”

Jeff Gaetz previous experience includes more than 20 years at Southern Auto Auction, where he last held the position of National Sales Manager. His primary focus was on nurturing national and regional accounts in the automotive, banking and finance industries. Gaetz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Norwich University. Gaetz has also been employed by Eastern Powersports as Vice President and by Hertz Corporation as a Regional Car Sales Manager where he managed the retail, wholesale and special event operations in the Northeast.  He developed the automotive auction industry’s first vehicle management solution, “Auction 2000.”

Welcome To AiM, Jeff!



Launching AiM Inspect OVE Android App

Long Beach, California – AiM is excited to announce the national release of AiM Inspect OVE, a mobile app to help our field service managers (FSMs) conduct Manheim OVE outside the gate inspections. AiM Inspect OVE runs on Active smartphones. It replaces InspeXmobile and Toughbooks for conducting OVE outside the gate inspections. The app is part of our continual transition to next generation technology to power our inspection professionals and the industry.

Inspections from the new app receive an AutoGrade, generate an InSight CR and automatically post on OVE.com. Features of the app include built-in Capture functionality, integrated photo capabilities and a user-friendly flat car interface for entering damages. The new app is being rolled-out in waves. FSMs will receive information shortly on next steps.

We are launching AiM CRM OVE in parallel with the roll-out of the Android app. AiM CRM OVE is a web-based app to help our dispatchers manage OVE inspection requests. It replaces the existing CRM for managing OVE inspection requests. The web-app is the first version of a new tool-set for dispatchers aimed at efficiency and superior service for our customers.

“AiM is committed to working closely with its customers to meet their ongoing inspection needs,” said Jim Yates, CEO. “The apps represent the next generation of tools to deliver high quality, accurate and consistent inspections with the added value of having remarketing in mind. The new apps were built in close collaboration with customers, clients and inspection professionals.”

“We understand our customers’ needs for timely and accurate inspections that can contribute to downstream activities,” said Eric Widmer, SVP Sales. “This new generation of inspection tools is part of our commitment to continual improvement to serving our clients and customers’ needs and the inspection industry.”

AiM Inspect OVE and AiM CRM OVE are the most recent products developed and released as part of a large scale investment by AiM and its alliance partners in the future of the inspection industry and in inspection professionals.


Manheim Teams With AiM To Expand Inspection Services


Manheim on Tuesday announced it is teaming up with Alliance Inspection Management to enhance its vehicle inspection capabilities at auction sites and dealerships throughout the U.S.

More than ever, dealers are relying on inspection reports to aid the sales process and make buying decisions. Last year, Manheim conducted 3.5 million vehicle inspections, and the company expects that figure to top 4.2 million this year.

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