The Automan system was first developed for Meadowland
Chrysler in 1994.
Our original goal was to replace the R & R VimNet system
with a group of Personal Computers that would be able to perform
all accounting, service and parts functions.
The original Automan was a DOS based system written in a computer
language called Clipper and utilized Dbase 4 file systems.
At that time in 1994 Meadowland was spending over $ 4,500
per month for a system that could not produce a computer generated
and printed check!!. An updated system would have cost over
$6,000 per month from R & R or ADP.
In 1995 Meadowland discontinued the use of the VimNet system
and purchased 12 Personal computers and one file server at
a cost of approximately $25,000. The goal was to run these
systems for 5 years and then replace them with newer technology.
This equated to $5000 per year depreciation or about $ 450
per month. We were currently using On Target Software for
F & I and our total Data processing expense every month
was less than $ 1,000 . Bear in mind there was no charge for
By declaring our independence in 1995 we have to date saved
More importantly, today we are ready with a 50 PC, Windows
2000 network running all Windows Graphical Applications with
complete internet access to all users and DCX DealerConnect
internet interfaces up and running.. We didn’t spend
a dime on DealerConnect.