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Albany, N.Y. – November 16th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Kaarma has completed integration with Auto/Mate's Dealership Management System (DMS). Auto/Mate's Fixed Ops Suite in its DMS now seamlessly integrates and sends customer payment and communications records to Kaarma's service applications.
"Auto/Mate makes it…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on November 16, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments
There is a group of people that seems to sit in limbo when it comes to dealership marketing messages, especially when it comes to service. This group of people tend to have cars in the 2-year old range. Yes, they’re probably getting the dealer’s random e-mail messages with service coupons. But, this is also the time…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 9, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments
Last month, in an effort to maximize recall completion percentages, FCA US announced that it would offer $100 gift cards, or extra trade incentives, to owners of recalled vehicles if they come in and get the work done. This is the perfect opportunity for FCA US dealers to piggyback on this OEM program to…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 9, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Recall campaigns can easily be one of the most lucrative service opportunities. Sadly, however, most dealers only reach about a third of the potential recall customers in their area. This is because they simply comb through their DMS and any information received from the factory for owners in their PMA.…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 16, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
The coming months are a busy time for Canadian Service Departments. With October & November comes a wave of customers who will require their seasonal tire change. Naturally, most of your customers will procrastinate and decide to act at the first sign of snow or freezing temperatures.
This seasonal rush can lead to disorganization in Service Departments. More specifically, it can…Continue
Added by Byron Tyers on September 4, 2015 at 12:25am — No Comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been battling with lawmakers in an effort to gain additional funding in order to handle – amongst other things – the 33.8 million Takata airbags recalled. In the most recent hearing, the NHTSA Administrator, along with several senators provided…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on July 10, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
The service department tends to be the busiest place in a dealership, and service managers must stay in tune with what’s going on. While meetings and discussions can be useful, at times they only result in vague ideas the service staff never acts upon. Just like in any organization, a service…Continue
In a previous article, I provided two very real scenarios that occurred right before Memorial Day weekend and asked readers how they would have handled them. For convenience, I’ve repeated the scenarios again with the actual outcomes…Continue
Following tremendous pressure from the NHTSA, Takata has expanded the recall on its faulty airbags. In fact, it just doubled the number of vehicles that are subject to recall to 34 million – that’s one in seven vehicles on the road today – and the largest recall in automotive history. Since then, consumers have been…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on May 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
A recent article in Auto Remarketing reports how Penske Automotive Group is using recalls to increase their service business through recall work, but also as an opportunity to sell more vehicles. “I think recall business…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on May 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
FCA US CEO, Sergio Marchionne, recently announced plans to reduce the profit on new cars sold within the FCA brands by increasing the invoice prices, while keeping the MSRP the same. This will result in less potential profit for its dealers. The move, as reported by Automotive News, is FCA's attempt to…Continue
Jiffy Lube. Valvoline. Pep Boys. Midas. These are the names your shoppers see when they search the Internet for service and parts options.
Because although dealers have made great strides in digital marketing, the majority of their online efforts are geared towards moving inventory, not fixed operations.
To help your service and parts get to the…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on March 11, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
I was thinking this morning about how rockets and Fixed Operations Customer Management are related. With all the news about the different companies striving to become the next NASA, it reminded me that we are all in a "Space Race" even though I know that the two subjects seem completely unrelated and are not even in the same Encyclopedia volume.
And I submit for your consideration that driving a rocket into space and good Customer Service…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 9, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments
Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s? It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
I doubt that a dealership service department exists that hasn’t had to deal with a customer claim that their vehicle was damaged while being serviced. Whether it’s a minor scratch, or something bigger, these types of claims cost dealerships money. It’s not always a customer who is trying to get a free cosmetic repair.…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
One of the most valuable assets you have at your dealership is your customer database. However, frequently dealers fail to effectively use this information to help achieve more specific marketing goals. While some may use their database to send marketing messages to existing and previous customers in an effort to sell…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 30, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…Continue
There’s no doubt that service absorption is vital to the health and livelihood of many dealer’s financial statements at the end of the month.…Continue
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Added by Emily Douglas on August 11, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments