Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
Added by Manny Luna on April 6, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments
“I have no idea what you are talking about.” That was the response of the dealer who currently signs my paycheck. This was in a board meeting of approximately twenty people who were discussing a planned expansion of the dealership’s operations. Of course this included a renewed push…Continue
Finding the right channel partners is essential when starting a new business that relies on relationships. That's why it gives me great pleasure to announce the first Dealer Authority partnership with a long-standing and respected company, Internet…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on December 13, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
CAN THE LINCOLN FRANCHISE SURVIVE?
uh-oh! This promo video I cut today accidently got released all over the Twitterverse before the article actually came out. I never dreamed when I put it on YouTube that people would pick it up and re-broadcast it on Social Media. it wasn't until the phone calls started coming in…
So once again I ask the question at the heart of the matter.... Mr./MRS Car Dealer PAY ATTENTION HERE.... How many Vendors are YOU Paying who are Selling your Customer Data to Other Vendors for Cash? AND... is your customer information ultimately being sold by vendors you paid to other car dealers who are your competition?
Hi, my name is Johnny Dealer. I spend my mornings listening to incoming sales calls from the previous day. I then, go into a deep depression. I guess I am like most dealers, but today, I'm going to do something about it. I am going to create a system that will eliminate missing all of these opportunities. …Continue
Added by Danny Benites on October 30, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments
One thing that they all have in common is the need to have the right people in the right…
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:
Added by Garry House on July 25, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on June 14, 2013 at 10:05am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 16, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 7, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on April 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 28, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Written By: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how can it sell more…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 14, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
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.…
Added by Garry House on March 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The idea was simple. Show the shopper the discounts, rebates, and special prices in order to reduce negotiation of price and show value. It was speculated that if you don’t give the shopper something to compare the price to, then they will go to your competition to compare…Continue
As you can see from the image, direct mail hasn’t changed much in the past 90 years (except for the prices!). Why should it? It works to get good looking information in front of a lot of…Continue