Dealer Software Terminology

dealer software terminology

All industries have their specialized language and this holds true for automotive and software fields as well. Combining of these two different sets of terms may be confusing at times for users. Carsinia provides some information here about terms used in both areas and how they are used in together in dealer software systems.

General Concepts

  • API: Application Programming Interface. Communication protocol between two software components.
  • Bug: A flaw in a computer program.
  • Data: Facts, statistics, or pieces of information.
  • Database: A specialized software application used for storing data. Databases are typically used by other applications to store data and not meant for end users. Common ones are: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.
  • Protocol: An agreement about how to transmit data, especially across networks.
  • Release: Updating a software system with a newer version.
  • Version: Software systems change continuously - each snapshot or variant of a software product is called a version.

Internet Terms

  • ASP / ASP.Net: Microsoft technologies for programming web applications.
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets. A simple programming language used to format web pages used in conjunction with HTML.
  • HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol. The protocol used by your browsers to retrieve web pages.
  • HTML: HyperText Markup Language. A simple programming language used to format and present text in web pages.
  • Java: A programming language designed by Sun Microsystems to be flexible and used everywhere - including web programming.
  • Javascript: A language that resembles Java used for making web pages more dynamic and animated.
  • Linux/UNIX: Operating systems (like Windows, MacOS, etc) that are typically used for web servers.
  • PHP: An open source programming language used primarily for web applications.
  • Web Server: A specialized software application used for serving pages on Internet. Most common web servers are Apache and IIS.
  • Web Services: Web services are pieces of software running in a web server that can be accessed remotely. They are used for updating, inserting or retrieving data. For dealer software systems they are used commonly in VIN decoding and inventory listings.
  • WWW: World Wide Web. Refers to web servers connected to Internet.
  • XML: Xperimental Markup Language. A simple language used for representing data.

Dealer Terms

  • Vendors: A vendor, or a supplier, is a supply chain management term meaning anyone who provides goods or services to a company. For dealers, the term refers to companies used for reconditioning or transporting their vehicles. In Carsinia, mechanics are also defined as vendors.
  • Inventory Loan: Also known as floorplan financing, inventory loans are typically used to acquire additional inventory with the loan being retired as the vehicle is sold.
  • Participation: Also known as dealer spread or dealer reserve, participation refers to the difference between the approved rate and the actual rate of a consumer loan. The difference is paid to dealers by the lender.

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