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By Brooke Fernandez
Radical dealership technology should automatically engage and satisfy customers. It should increase business through traditional and new channels – all along the customer’s purchase journey. It must generate income and repeat business 24/7 without requiring hands-on staff time.
Added by Jim Leman on March 31, 2017 at 9:01am — No Comments
If you believe the corporate manifestos and marketing pitches of every automotive retail-related startup for the last twenty years, then you’d think America’s car dealerships are staffed by a bunch of puppy-kicking thieves…Continue
Added by Steve Stauning on March 27, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments
On the floor and throughout the keynotes, there was a feeling of measured optimism. At the opening press…Continue
Few technology solutions solve a pressing retail issue as efficiently and precisely as electronic contracting.
Indeed, virtually every aspect of the contract process is improved through this technology, starting with an improved consumer experience, and ending with a streamlined workflow…
Added by Brian Chee on January 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
by Jim Maxim, Jr.
As the teams take the field, the commentators review their attributes, experience, and record. And although each player is unique, one cannot help but to compare their stats against their competition.
So, how well does your F&I department stack up? Although different dealerships deal with particular limitations, the public dealership groups’ results can provide a useful comparison. New-car PVR for late 2015 ranged from $1,189 to…Continue
Added by Jim Leman on May 3, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments
Investment Expands Portfolio of Dealer Solutions to Drive More Efficient Transactions
GO Financial and NextGear Capital affiliated dealers will soon be able to offer warranty, insurance and theft recovery…Continue
Added by Ralph Paglia on February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Albany, N.Y. – October 12th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that StoneEagle has completed integration with Auto/Mate's Dealership Management System (DMS). Auto dealership groups using Auto/Mate's DMS and StoneEagle's web-based applications will benefit from seamless and real-time data updates in both systems.
Added by Mike Esposito on October 12, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY, N.Y. – January 19th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today launched Option/Mate™ Mobile, a mobile-optimized version of its advanced F&I menu solution for auto dealers. F&I managers using Auto/Mate's dealership management system (DMS) can now offer customers at their auto dealerships a variety of menu presentations on a mobile tablet. Option/Mate Mobile allows the…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY, N.Y. – December 8th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the addition of rates, residuals and rebates information to its Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS®) Desk/Mate module. Dealerships that use Auto/Mate's desking solution now have access to real-time lease rates, residuals, manufacturer…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on December 8, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY, N.Y. – September 29th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with MaximTrak Technologies' F&I Suite. Auto dealers using both systems may now benefit from a real-time, bi-directional exchange of information that speeds up the F&I…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on September 29, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments
SEcureMetrics delivers immediate access to critical F&I and sales data,…Continue
Added by Ralph Paglia on March 17, 2014 at 6:45pm — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – October 21st, 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Scott Volkswagen, the largest Volkswagen dealership in New England, has saved more than half a million dollars since switching to Auto/Mate's dealership management system (DMS) in 2006. Scott Volkswagen's employees enjoy Auto/Mate's premier customer service while using the DMS system to streamline processes within their dealership; most…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on October 21, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments
Added by Clarence U Romero on September 13, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments
Written by: Rebecca Chernek
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…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 14, 2013 at 7:40am — No Comments
Does your dealership have a process in place for a quick transition from the sales floor to the finance dept? Are your customers waiting for a hour or more to get into the finance office? Does your F&I producer come out to meet the customer before the consumer get's to his/her office? Ladies and gentleman I could go on and on with questions that I talk about with automotive managers and what we find is very concerning.
First, the transition from the sales floor to…Continue
Written By: Rebecca Chernek
AutoNation USA, the #1 publicly-owned automotive retailer, opened its doors as a mega “one pricing” pre-owned operation in 1997. It built elaborate showrooms; county records show one was 218,000 square feet. The showrooms included a café, a playroom and an aftermarket display platform.
Kiosks with computers were placed throughout the store enabling consumers to efficiently check out in-stock inventory or to submit a loan application. Customers were…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
If you haven’t already done so, it’s that time to review your 2012 performance in detail. In what areas did you fall short of your goals and why? Where could you have generated greater gains and how? Don’t allow January to slip by without these facts in writing and a discussion of how you can best move forward in 2013.
A common F&I pay plan in the automotive industry is known as the grid. It compensates managers based on their per vehicle retail performance and products sold…Continue
ALBANY, N.Y. – January 30, 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that its AMPS Dealership Management System (DMS) is fully integrated with 700Credit, the automotive industry’s leading provider of consumer credit reporting and compliance products. Auto dealerships using AMPS now have complete, seamless access to 700Credit’s web-based credit reporting system…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on January 30, 2013 at 6:55am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – October 16th, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Pennsylvania-based Sands Auto Group has reduced its dealership management system (DMS) expense by 75%, since switching from its legacy DMS to Auto/Mate. Terry Sands, owner of the Sands Auto Group, also credits Auto/Mate’s flexible, simple reporting tools with helping him see trends and stay competitive when he reviews the…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on October 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments
Are you missing out on sales because your marketing message is focused only on price points? If you're only focused on price, you are not connecting with customers…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on September 5, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments