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Are You Optimizing Sales With Women Customers? Really?

Welcome to the inaugural Women’s Wednesday blog. As the leader in connecting women+families with Certified car dealers, look for brief educational tips and nuggets from us to weave into your sales and service practice to expand your sales to women. With our deep vertical expertise, we are here to assist with suggestions to make doing business with women a natural, core value and expression at your dealership. With that, let’s begin:

While women influence over 80% of all car purchases,…

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Added by Anne Fleming on March 12, 2014 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Spring Season Is Full Of Activity

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs, Editorial Director of Black Book. Everywhere I turned this past week I was being told of 70% to 80% sales conversions definitely indicating a booming market. One buyer even said the opening bid was many times higher than his planned top bid. And the actual…

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Added by John Sternal on March 10, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Dealers Are Beginning The Spring Buying Season

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report with analysis from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Judging from the overall comments Black Book received this past week and the ultimate level of adjustments based on the auction results and…

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Added by John Sternal on March 3, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Selling the Difference

Cars, dealerships and sales people can be commodities. As a sales person, your job is to move everything you do and everything you have towards being a non-commoditized item or service. You must sell your difference.

 

When making a decision, customers look for deciding factors. Being able to know what the differences are and then helping the customer know what they look like, sound like and feel like is your job. Customers don’t spend an hour with you and say, “This is exactly…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

What We Learn About Used Cars From Subprime Loans

powertrain logo Reading between the lines of subprime lending to infer important data about used cars.

Moody analysts Jeff Hibbs, William Black, and Mack Caldwell, published a report in late 2013 that, "Auto lenders will continue their return to higher levels of risk-taking, a trend that…

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Added by Scott Parrott on February 28, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

Complete Sales Freedom in Two Years or Less

Many sales people tend to always be chasing the next customer and worrying about the next paycheck. The good news is that this is unnecessary and can be fixed forever in two years or less. Sales people can eliminate future sales and income anxiety once and for all.

 

What’s the key to creating freedom? It’s marketing. If you are a sales person who is waiting for your business to provide an endless funnel of prospects and buyers, you are living in a fantasy land. Even with a ton…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How To Flood Your Dealership With Customers

There is a revelation that is shocking and, quite frankly, scary. A dangerous and potentially fatal mistake is being made everyday in businesses. The mistake is the confusion between strategy and tactics. Strategy is your overall goal for your business and your overall marketing philosophy to achieve those goals. Tactics are executable actions you take to achieve those options. The good news is that once you have clarity about your strategy, and then apply emotional direct response marketing…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to Build a Winning Team

Each year at the start of football practice, Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Green Bay Packers started his season the same way. His opening statement to his players was, “This is a football.” Every year, John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins started his first practice of the season by demonstrating to his players how to properly put on their socks to prevent blisters. Pretty basic stuff, huh?

 

Notice the similarities between Wooden and Lombardi in the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Has The Severe U.S Winter Shifted Car Shoppers Preferences?

Has the winter of 2014 altered what kind of vehicle choices are made by drivers? Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports a slight change in vehicle preferences this winter, with utility vehicles replacing certain car segments in many locations.



During the previous three winters, a mix of car segments and smaller utility vehicles carried a large percentage of lease…

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Added by John Sternal on February 25, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

Find Car for Client ...not Client for Car!

Joe's been "Smartphone" browsing for trucks while he's on his lunch break. He spots a 5 year truck on YOUR dealership's site and thinks it could be the right one.

Joe calls the dealership and a salesman tells him the truck's still available ..."ask for Andy!", says the…

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Added by Tom Vann on February 24, 2014 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Why Dealerships Struggle: Part 3

What is the plan at your dealership for training your team members? If it is what I have seen at most dealerships, it’s not enough. As a matter of fact, if you are operating at the industry standard, it’s embarrassing. Dealerships that struggle always have people who are not trained enough or trained properly.

 

In 2011, NADA stated that the average automobile dealership in the U.S. spent $654 per vehicle on advertising. How much per car was spent for training? I don’t know the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Tax Season Has Arrived

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data from Black Book. Thanks for tuning in this week and also for the comments we received over the past week about the market activity.…

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Added by John Sternal on February 24, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Is Your Lease In Demand Overseas?



Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, believes a growing number of U.S. leases are being taken over for the purpose of getting shipped overseas at the end of term, particularly as fewer lessees and dealers plan to keep the leases because of the changing equity position.

In several European markets, pent-up demand is pushing up local car sales. Exports of U.S. cars have been on the rise, with brands like Ford and Honda showing increasing exports recently. In…

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Added by John Sternal on February 21, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why Dealerships Struggle: Part 1

In what now can be considered a good selling market — and what many predict will soon be a booming market — there are many dealerships under-performing, and some mightily struggling.

Why? Although there can be many reasons for dealerships that struggle, after two decades of consulting, coaching and…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Tax Buying Season May Put a Pause on Expected Used Car Prices Falling

Used car prices are expected to fall -13.5% this year, compared to -12.8% in 2013. However, this rhythm of price drops is expected to take a pause over the next 45-60 days as buyers use their tax rebate checks to purchase used cars, known as the “tax buying season”.

 

If similar patterns follow last year’s trends, keep an eye on the following four segments, which may show price increases in the…

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Added by John Sternal on February 20, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Are You A Professional or A Lot Lizard?

Drive up to a dealership and you will most likely see a lot lizard. Their species is easy to spot. They tend to congregate in front of the dealership, smoking, joking, complaining and waiting to wait on someone. Notice I said waiting to wait on. These lizards are a curious species in how they tend to look for prey. The professional is a different breed. The professional tends to not wait on much or for long. The professional has goals, a work plan and is too busy taking action…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How To Get Your Customers To Say "Yes"

Robert Cialdini is a social scientist who wrote the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. In the book, Cialdini describes six different influences that get people to say “yes.” In this article, I would like to review those six influences and how that relates to selling vehicles, and add one more form of influence that will assist you in getting your customer to say “yes!”

 

Reciprocation — Human nature creates an urge to pay back debts. These debts can be in the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Let Your Fantasy Be Your Reality

“In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, and in the mind of the expert there are few.”-Suzuki Roshi

 

What would you do in your sales career if you did not have limitations? Everyone has self-imposed limitations. These limitations can stem from several strong forces – environment, childhood experiences, workplace profiling, etc. Never allow anyone to pigeonhole you into who you supposedly are or who you are not.

 

People in your work…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

People Buy From People

As a sales professional, it can be an eye-opening experience when you go shopping for yourself. Weaknesses in other’s presentations can teach us lessons about how to strengthen our own. One common theme you might notice is that many people don’t seem to recognize that people don’t buy products or services. People buy from people.

 

People buy solutions to perceived or real problems. Good sales people assist buyers in solving their problems through emotions, visual imagery, and…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Negotiate Like a Professional

Negotiating can be done in a professional manner that can increase customer satisfaction while helping to protect both parties’ interests.

 

Let’s first look at some of the problems that give negotiating a bad name and then look at the solutions. A lack of training in negotiating in the automotive industry has put sales people at a disadvantage. Usually, a sales person is taught how to negotiate in a learn-as-you-go method. Although all learning must be accomplished by doing,…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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