See what our dealers are saying about Lightspeed
We could not say enough great things about CDK Lightspeed EVO for our RV dealership! We love how seamless the system is! It has even cut a great deal of time and load off our office staff in all the atomization the system offers. My favorite feature of the system is how easy and seamless it is to build customer reports and modify existing reports to get accurate reporting on the exact information you are looking for! We have used several DMs solutions throughout the years and this solution is certainly my favorite!
Mariah Nelson
Gavin Point Recreation Center
We have been a long-time client of Lightspeed. During the spring of 2018, we opened up our new flagship dealership, Triumph Cleveland. We decided to try a different DMS provider because it sounded like it offered much of the same functionality as Lightspeed EVO, but at a cheaper price point. While the provider was adequate overall, we found it lacked the necessary level of functionality for reporting and accounting – two critical pieces in understanding the performance of our dealership. The QuickBooks integration proved to be a less than ideal solution for Powersports dealers, which ultimately led us to switch DMS providers. Lightspeed EVO is a rock-solid product, complete with built-in accounting software that provides a robust and foolproof process. We’re happy to bring Lightspeed into our dealership.
Cody Atkinson
State 8 Motorcycle, Ohio
Most salespeople we deal with tell us what we want to hear and dump us. Lightspeed is probably the first to back it up. I think the training you all do before hand is great, especially for a new dealership with limited knowledge of best practices. Feel free to send potential customers my way. I don’t give out many compliments like this, so enjoy it and know that you have truly earned our business!
Landon Barrow
Adventure Camper Sales
Thanks to all of the teams for helping to make our transition to EVO easy. I really think that it helped that everyone had completed all of their training. Having a test site setup that everyone was able to play on prior to Go Live was really the critical part. I made sure that all departments knew specifically how to “collect money” and sell stuff. We had a few weeks of slow business prior to the change, and it exploded on Tuesday as everyone came into the new system. The Parts department had very few problems and had a big day on Tuesday. The Service department also had very few problems as well as F&I. Overall this went extremely well for us. We still are on a pretty big learning curve to find all the new bells and whistles but we’ re off to an excellent start.
Andy Galliher
Freedom Cycle
Having the right DMS is an important part of creating the proper foundation for a dealership’s current needs and future business plans. At OneWater Marine, we have grown from 8 to 50 locations in the last six years. This means we need a DMS that can handle the volume of transactions we create in a logical, systematic manner. We use CDK LightspeedEVO because it is the best system out there!

We decided to go with Lightspeed for many reasons. We needed the ability to have shared accounting, integration across all departments and locations, and the ability to easily train end users. Without LightspeedEVO’s shared accounting we would not be able to streamline our internal processes, and provide the reporting and visibility needed to allow our controllers to manage 15+ stores each. Parts, Service, and Sales are all integrated and flow over to Accounting, eliminating the need to do journal entries from those departments. We are able to run financial statements for one or all of our locations.

Having the right partner to support our organization and help us manage change is key. When a dealership asks me what DMS our dealerships use and why, I don’t hesitate to tell them LightspeedEVO – it is the best thing they can do for their business.
Cindy Thompson
VP of Corporate Development,OneWater Marine
We recently upgraded from Lightspeed NXT to the Hosted version. My only regret was not doing it earlier!

The results are amazing. Big reports run and produce much faster than they ever have. Printing and printing issues that had plagued us are now a thing of the past. Switching printers and diverting invoices, etc. to different printers is fast and easy. The difference is so dramatic that my team believes it’s a totally different version of Lightspeed!

Lightspeed hosted is night and day better than in-house NXT. The fact that we no longer have to perform updates, server maintenance and reboots just makes it even better. Our day now is more productive than it’s ever been."
Mark Bould
General Manager
Upgrading from Lightspeed NXT to EVO has been a comfortable and seamless transition. EVO is very intuitive, straightforward and easy to use. As I continue to use EVO, I find it to be logical, fluid and obviously designed by smart Accounting Professionals. As an end user, I realize the complexity of EVO is staggering; however, the user is afforded well balanced and informative screens to navigate.

I appreciate the competent EVO Transition Team that proficiently ensured we were up and running with little interruption and constant follow up. In addition, Service Connect helps us get answers to questions very quickly.

I give EVO a true thumbs up and encourage all dealers to implement right away.
Leslie Gilbert
Iron Horse Motorcycles
Our organization has operated dealerships with Lightspeed since 1993. In that time, we've grown from using just the shop floor modules (Parts, Sales, and Service) to fully integrating the Accounting component, along with value-adds like Loyalty.

Lightspeed is like any professional software familiar to end users—because it does everything, it is necessarily complex. Similar to a novice attempting to use professional photo-editing software, users might not be prepared for the “layers. ” We have found that, though the product requires a serious degree of engagement, dealerships that commit to that engagement are rewarded with smoother operations, greater quality control, and peace of mind.

Our biggest success with Lightspeed, despite the learning curves, has been in integrating accounting operations into the store in 2011. In taking that step, we were able identify heavy waste, light fraud, and save thousands on CPA services and fees. It is helpful to designate a key user in your dealerships, someone who can delegate training and onboarding, plus run primary point for support. By investing in a select number of team members' development, many common errors and practical mistakes can be avoided. Lightspeed is no easy investment, but it’s one well worth the time, money, and energy.
Jared Foster
Killeen Power Sports
I would recommend Lightspeed because it is great system. I like the integration and platform. There are good checks and balances between departments. There are tons of reports, and I can access a wealth of data with just a few clicks. If I have any issues, the support team helps me get them resolved quickly. I am very satisfied with Lightspeed.
Chris' Marine
Coming from NXT, EVO has SO MANY amazing features that have cut out duplicating and sometimes triplicating efforts. Everything is in one package and it’s so nice to be able to pinpoint every single transaction. We love being able to communicate right from the product to send statements, buyers orders, or repair orders, and being able to attach documents to reservations, sales deals, and major units. There are so many wonderful features that we still have several uncompleted items on our task list.
Jessica David
Boat Tree Marina