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According to AutoMD.com, more than three-quarters of respondents to a 2012 car-buying attitude survey found that “78% now say that 10+ years (or until it dies) is the appropriate vehicle lifespan. Most telling is that over half say that a better economy would not change their habit of holding onto their vehicle longer.”
You may feel shackled by this reality, but in fact you have much control over how the buy cycle influences your dealership. I can make such a statement because this…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on March 4, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Believe me, please, when I confess that I understand the psychology and emotions that drive the highs and lows of showroom sales. Your soul hangs in a valley on slow days yet soars into heaven the moment a fresh up drives onto the lot.
I’ve been there. I’ve lived that, and after all these years I still breathe car sales.
Since those days, however, I’ve learned a few new ideas about selling cars. One of the best tips I can pass along is this: Focus on the hot 40 if you want to…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on February 24, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments
If a sales presentation hits a customer’s most compelling need, chances are the vehicle’s sold and frequently with a stronger gross profit than a typical sale. When the sales associate can find the prospect’s hot button and works the deal to meet that need, shoppers turn into profitable buyers.
A case in point is Draper Chevrolet and Draper Toyota, both of Saginaw, MI. These stores use of database analysis tools helps to identify existing customers whose situations present unique…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments
It took a ripe apple dropping on Sir Isaac Newton’s head for gravity to shoot to stardom. Sales to existing customers are waiting to drop on your head, if you’ll simply look up, maybe propelling you to stardom yourself.
In every dealer’s existing customer database are bushels of ripe apples ready for picking, if you can present them with the right offer at the right time. Will you pick them -- or will they fall under another dealer’s tree?
I want them to fall under…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on October 10, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments
Throw your CRM away. A CRM often becomes too much like a multitasking Swiss Army knife, when what you need to really sell more cars is something simple and powerful.
As CRM vendors bolt on different applications, the proverbial Swiss Army Knife philosophy emerges. Is it practical for cutting a steak? Or is it a 12-in-one tool with pliers, toothpicks, tweezers, and multiple blades – something complicated and bulky and not as simple as a serrated steak knife?
Added by Jeff Cotton on June 10, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Here is what came to mind one recent afternoon flying at 10,000 feet off the coast of Southern…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on April 29, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments
The service drive is the new showroom! In a given day, more car-sales opportunities drive into your service lane than will walk through your traditional showroom doors.
Putting a dedicated sales associate equipped with the right knowledge in hand in the service drive can consistently close 30-35% of service drive customers. The best your showroom team does is selling about 20 percent.
Service drive vehicle selling is powerful because you probably have all the tools at hand to…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on April 3, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments