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Garry House's Blog Posts Tagged 'Automotive' (9)

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: 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: The Sales Process in BHPH is Underwriting Written by: Gene Daughtry

Written by: Gene Daughtry

In BHPH, like any other automobile dealer, you’ll start the sales process out with a meet and greet. From there you should go in a different direction from other retail outlets. If you have been on a franchise dealer sales floor I am sure you or your sales staffs have joked about wanting a screening machine that they could walk a customer through for an instant credit reading. Since that doesn’t exist, your sales process is probably similar to: 1. “up” your…

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Added by Garry House on May 2, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

From the NCM Institute: Seven Tips for Better Dealership Parts Management and Profitability Written By: Leo Hart

Written by: Leo Hart

NCM has just completed the spring cycle of 20 Group meetings, each focusing a large segment of meeting room time to the Parts Department. Truth be told, we had not focused on this discipline for a number of years, being more concerned about the variable sales and expense management areas of our auto retail business. Have you ever been broadsided, completely unaware the hit was coming?

As a result of the discussions, a few crises became apparent. One wakeup…

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Added by Garry House on May 1, 2013 at 8:50am — 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: It's Time to Raise the Bar for Automotive Internet Closing Ratios Written By: Garry House

Written By: Garry House

In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). AIM has conducted five “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the sessions, I’ve become convinced that dealers and their sales management teams need to “raise the bar” on their expectations for…

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Added by Garry House on April 4, 2013 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

From the NCM Institute Blog: Why are more customers tripping and falling at dealerships? Written By: Dennis Kane

This article was written by: Dennis Kane

 

I see an increasing trend from auto dealers: slip, trips and falls are on the rise, particularly in the service department.

This uptick can be attributed to some or all of the following factors:

  • Dealerships are simply more hazardous than previously, either due to changing weather patterns or because attention to safety has waned,

  • Dealerships are servicing a greater number of cars because more…

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Added by Garry House on February 28, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

From the NCM Institute Blog: It's Time to Raise the Bar for Automotive Internet Closing Ratios

In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). As of last week, AIM has conducted four “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the…

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Added by Garry House on December 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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