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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'advisor' (25)

How to make a banana into a bbq pork sandwich...with chips and a drink.

One of the best things about traveling is experiencing how other people run their businesses. 

It also allows you to have many different Sales presentations from many different people. This story is about how one motivated, knowledgeable and especially friendly Salesperson made a banana into a bbq pork sandwich.

 

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Really...it's been 60 days?

It’s been 60 days.

Like many, you went to the NADA Convention determined to find the one thing that was going to make a difference in your Dealership this year. You had every intention of making changes and doing something different. You gathered information and then cataloged it. You even made a list of your Dealerships Managers and their responsibilities and revised their Goals based on the new information and training you were about to provide them.

You were ready for…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 29, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments

Where does Profit Improvement start? At the Service Managers Desk, of course!

In every Dealership there is a desk. And behind that desk sits someone who has the responsibility to increase Profits.

In Fixed Ops, this person is called the Service Manager.

Typically  (when I go into a store that is not profitable), I find the person sitting behind that desk working on everything not related to increasing Profits while believing that they are working on everything related to increasing Profits.

I call it the “Theory of Un-relativity” and it goes like…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Where does RO Count attrition start? On the Telephone, of course!

With the emphasis on increasing RO count through the manufacturer’s initiatives in regards to Quick Lube, Express Service, Fast Oil Change or whatever you call the 30 minute oil change in your Dealership, you would think that RO counts would be going up.

In some instances, yes they are. There is no doubt that these programs have resulted in more traffic into some stores in some cases.

But, in many stores, even with the advent of the “30 Minute Oil Change” marketing push and…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 20, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments

Where does Service Sales failure start? In the Service Drive of course!

In every dealership that I visit that is struggling with increasing Sales per Repair Order, performing a walkaround  is the area that the Advisors do not do well, if at all.

Recently, I was observing a service drive when a customer pulled up in a car and the advisor looked up from the desk and and said "Oh, look...she is just sitting there." And for the next 3-5 minutes, the advisor sat at her…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The Service Advisors "6 Steps to Happy Bank Deposits"

Here is a simple way to make more every month. 

It's called the "6 Steps to Happy Bank Deposits" and it goes like this.

1st, write down what you make per month…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on February 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

The Right Way and The Wrong Way

During the analysis and evaluation we conduct prior to starting a training program the question of ethics and standard business practices we train on usually requires some explanation. In other words, Dealer Principals and General Managers want to hear from us that we conduct our training programs ethically and professionally.

If I were to stand in a room full of Dealer Principals and ask "Who in here believes that the best way to take care of a customer is to sell extra or un-needed…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 27, 2013 at 10:06am — 3 Comments

Are your Advisors "Helpful" or "Professional"?

Helpful…or Professional…which of these sound better?

If you are like a lot of Dealers and General Managers hiring “helpful” people always seems to be the right call. The belief is that you can develop someone into becoming a Professional. While I don’t disagree with this practice, what I find all across the country is the opposite of helpful or Professional.

Because we train all across the country, we have exposure to every make and model of vehicle in every kind of Dealership,…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Financial Statement Success Steps

Increase Gross Profit, Increase Net Profit, Control Expenses, Increase Sales.

Chances are you have been living those four financial principles since you became the owner or GM. And if you are a service manager reading this, you have been the willing champion of the preceding 4 financial cornerstones to dealership success.

Can I ask you a question?Looking for answers?

How does it make you…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on September 3, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Uh Oh...Another Employee Quits

Resignation Letter

To: Dealer Principal

From: Fixed Operations Net Profit

Reference: Fixed Operations Gross Profit Resignation Letter

Dear Dealer Principal,

It has come to my attention that Fixed Ops Gross Profit has resigned effective immediately. Without the continued support of Gross Profit I cannot continue to be effective in the performance of my duties while adding funds to your Profitability. (not to mention your bank…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 22, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

Resignation Letter

Resignation Letter

Date: Effective Immediately

From: Fixed Operations Gross Profit

To: Dealer Principal

Dear Dealer Principal,

It is with great regret that I must submit this letter of resignation effective immediately.

Although we have worked together over the past few years I don’t feel I can contribute to your bottom line anymore. It has been a great experience and I wish you and all of your dealership team the best.

I am quite…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 21, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Techno me, Train me or Tank me...which is it?

It is an age old diametrically opposed argument. On one side, we have technology. On the other side, we have personnel.

  • I can't sell anything without a great Multipoint Inspection.
  • I can't sell anything without a professional Sales Process.
  • I must have both in…
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Added by Leonard Buchholz on September 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

4 Challenging Employees and What To Do About Them

Employees are the life of any organization. We spends hours recruiting, screening and interviewing them. After we have hired them, we spend more time training, coaching and monitoring them.

And when it's all said and done, we like to think that we have contributed to the Dealership's future and had a hand in weaving the very fabric of that Dealership.

And in every Dealership…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on July 11, 2012 at 7:35am — 2 Comments

Google Advisor For Car Buyers

Google is testing out its advisor product with car dealers/buyers in the San Francisco Bay area.  After having a mild heart attack and visions of "Tru Car" on steroids, I quickly realized that it will simply force marketing companies to re-structure their dealership offerings.

Although I am not aware of the ins and outs of its paid search as it pertains to car dealers, what I first noticed is that new car pictures are found on the front page of a search.  As a car shopper, I would…

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Added by James Bazuik on June 26, 2012 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Grasshopper Pie

A traveling salesman had come to the end of a long day and was very hungry. He had not made many sales and was feeling a little frustrated with his results. He decided to stop and get something to eat and mull over his next step.

He stopped in town, parked on Main Street and looked around. He found two restaurants side by side.  Above each there was a sign.

The one on the left said “Food, more…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Make Your Next Coaching Session Memorable and Powerful

Every Coaching session can be effective if you follow certain steps to improve your chances of a Successful outcome.

There is one word that is critical in determining the outcomes. That word is "Specific." There is an old saying that goes like this. "The more specific you are the better your results" and…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 6, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments

People say the darnedest things, don't they.

We hear many things in Service.

Stand on any Service Drive on any given day and you will hear Customers describe all kinds of noises related their vehicles. The variety…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 30, 2012 at 7:27am — 2 Comments

What's that noise on your service drive?

Have you ever blown up a balloon and then just let it go and listen to the sound it makes? If you have children or a crazy Uncle Lenny, chances are you've heard this noise before. It is so distinctive that once you've heard it, you are not likely to forget it the rest of your life.

I've heard this same noise in my head many times in the service drive right after an Advisor says something he or she shouldn't have. In our…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 24, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

Are your advertising dollars well spent?

In fixed ops we constantly worry whether or not we are getting a return on every one of our ad dollars. Every manufacturer tracks it. Every ad vendor tracks it. And when we spend the money and don't get an immediate return, we start to fret.

Here is the rub.

Customers don't make a connection with…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

Want to have a big day today? Get a checkup.

“When our research tracked 20,000 new hires, 46% of them failed within 18 months. But even more surprising than the failure rate, was that when new hires failed, 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill. The attitudinal deficits that doomed these failed hires included a lack of coachability, low levels of emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament.”  Mark Murphy, Hiring for Attitude, Forbes

In the car business , it’s all…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 3, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments

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