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Garry House's Blog Posts Tagged 'Auto' (11)

From the NCM Institute: Dealer Beware: Pitfalls of Selecting the Wrong Contractor or Subcontractor Written By: Dennis Kane

Written By: Dennis Kane

I have seen a significant number of high value claims as a result of contractors or subcontractors not carrying insurance or inadequate limits of insurance.

Examples of high value claims against dealerships include:

  • Claim against a dealership’s workers’ compensation carrier or general liability carriers due to an injury of a subcontractor’s employee and the subcontractor doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Claim against a…
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Added by Garry House on July 25, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: The Used Vehicle Age Management Process Written By: Garry House

Written By: Garry House

Last month I published a blog focused on the difference between good and great automobile dealers, and I promised to follow that up by discussing what we, at the NCM Institute Center for Automotive Retail Excellence, have learned about the differences between some of the good and great processes employed by these dealers. This is the first of those follow-up articles.

Most every dealership manager…

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Added by Garry House on July 1, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: The Difference Between ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ Auto Dealers Written By: Garry House

Written By: Garry House

In the first couple of paragraphs in his book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins makes several interesting statements:

Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good – and that is their…

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Added by Garry House on June 14, 2013 at 10:05am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: Record Profitability Threatened by Shaky Fundamentals Written By: Jeremy Anwyl

Written by: Jeremy Anwyl

 

A quick look at the current state of auto retailing would suggest that things are good. Tough times (and a couple of notable bankruptcies) have thinned dealer ranks. Although pressures are mounting, the manufacturers are still demonstrating discipline around production volumes. Most importantly, customers are returning to showrooms.

Add all factors together and the result is that volumes and margins on both new and pre-owned vehicles are…

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Added by Garry House on May 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: Why Dealers Should Be In Express Service Written by: Steve Hall

Written by: Steve Hall

Dealers know you must provide fast, convenient, and competitively-priced service in order to retain your customer base. They also know that oil changes and light maintenance are the most requested service items by customers. Knowing this, why do dealers continually fight express service?

I’ve heard all the excuses: it hurts my hours per repair order; it hurts my gross profit percentage; it hurts my effective labor rate; I can’t make any money in express…

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Added by Garry House on May 16, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: To Women With a Passion for F&I Written by: Rebecca Chernek

Written by: Rebecca Chernek

EMBRACE CHANGE

The glass ceiling for women’s acceptance in the finance industry was shattered over a decade ago.

According to the 2012 Catalyst Census of Women Executive Officers and Top Earners, which counts the number of women in upper management in Fortune 500 companies, women comprise over 18% of all executive officers in the finance industry, and 19% of board directors in the finance and insurance industries in…

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Added by Garry House on May 14, 2013 at 7:40am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: The Perfect Day For A Dealer/General Manager Written by: Thomas Bear

Written by: Thomas Bear

Realizing the dealer/general manager’s day is full of interruptions, if you could wave a magic wand and create the perfect day, what would you do during this day?

Which activities do you wish you did every day? Which activities are the top ten for you to do every day Here’s an exercise we use in our 20 Group meetings from time to time that might be helpful for you to realign your daily priorities.…

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Added by Garry House on May 7, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: What are 15 minutes a day worth in your service department? Written By: Steve Hall

Written By: Steve Hall

When we ask service managers how important technician efficiency is to profitability, they most often say that “it goes hand-in-hand” or “if they aren’t efficient, you won’t make money.” I agree with their comments, but am constantly amazed with how they quantify “efficient.”

It seems that we have become accustomed to thinking a technician is efficient if they hit our flagged-hours goal for the week. At times this is true. Everyone can have a bad day, or…

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Added by Garry House on April 24, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: How to Convert Auto Dealership Objectives and Goals into Results Written By: Joe Basil

Written By: Joe Basil

We just returned from a 20 Group meeting and it was the most invigorating workshop we have ever attended. We completed an assessment of our dealership operations and identified major sales and profit opportunities in all departments. We have benefited from the extensive experience of our facilitator and fellow members. We had the opportunity to compare our operation to other…

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Added by Garry House on April 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: Do your managers know how to maximize their ROI opportunities? Written By: Robin Cunningham

Written By: Robin Cunningham

For the last sixteen months I have had the incredible experience of being a lead instructor with the NCM Institute.  I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dealership managers in our multi-level classes for general managers, general sales managers, used vehicle managers, service managers, financial managers, and some private dealership training, as…

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Added by Garry House on March 28, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

From the NCM Institute Blog: The Road Less Profited by: Keith Shetterly

Written by: Keith Shetterly



We talked for years in automotive retail about “The Road to the Sale,” and I’m clearly one of the many supporters of that path to sales success. However, too many of us are still on "The Road Less Profited." Why? Because we are not getting more sales (and profits!) from "The Road to Retention”!



Retention sales link the positives of variable and fixed operations together, and their teaming allows each part of the dealership to amplify the other.…

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Added by Garry House on March 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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