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Recalls and the Connected Car: Is In-Vehicle Technology the Answer?

Today’s cars come with very sophisticated technology, including live navigation with traffic and obstacle reports, collision avoidance systems, cell phone integration and wireless connectivity. Automakers are now investigating how they can leverage this technology to communicate any vehicle issues to vehicle owners.…

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Added by Chris Miller on February 5, 2016 at 4:58am — No Comments


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Know your Competition! What Independents Are Doing to Retain Customers

There is a constant stream of advice from industry experts concerning customer loyalty and retention. While most of the advice is on point, a large piece is typically missing in the bigger picture. In order to increase market share, businesses must be aware of what their competition is doing. Turning a blind eye to…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 4, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

The Long Arm of Loyalty

In the decades I’ve been in the automotive industry, I’ve rarely seen a dealerships compete on anything other than price.  After all, it’s pretty easy to compare pricing, especially with the advent of the internet.  Today, more than ever, the consumer has the ability to shop faster, further and with all the tools that…

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Added by Tom Cannata on February 4, 2016 at 6:04am — No Comments


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Use Video to Increase Service Upsell

It’s widely known that video walkarounds, email responses and other types of video attract more attention from car buyers and better engage them once they reach out to you. But, one of the biggest mistake I see most dealerships make is to neglect the service department in their video marketing…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 28, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Why the Fuss Over Customer Retention?

Our world is certainly changing. Due to technology and the ability to access incredible amounts of information, the consumer purchase cycle is completely different to that of just a decade ago. And, the dealership market area has changed too. Technology now enables dealerships on each coast to compete with each other…

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Added by Tony Orlando on January 21, 2016 at 4:11am — No Comments

Why Giving Discounts to Your Regular Customers Makes Sense

Have you ever wondered about businesses that give discounts to regular, loyal customers—those who already expect to (and do) pay full price? After all, there’s a reason these customers are loyal: they obviously understand the value of superior service—so they should be paying full price,…

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Added by Alexia Henson on January 11, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Make your Service Department the Cinderella Story

In most dealerships, the sales department is typically seen as the favorite child, despite the fact that it’s typically the service department that does all the heavy lifting and keeps the house in order. Because of that, sales is usually where new technologies, website widgets, leads and other digital expenditures…

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Added by Tony Orlando on December 28, 2015 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

Selling Off the Service Drive Using Soft Pull and Equity Technology

One of the fastest growing practices that dealerships are utilizing to increase sales is prescreening a Service Customer that has either made an appointment to have work done on a vehicle or just shows up. In addition, there are numerous companies that offer equity calculations not only on vehicles that bought from the…

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Added by Ken Luna on December 8, 2015 at 6:48am — No Comments


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Auto/Mate Announces Open/Mate Integration with Kaarma, Streamlining Service Payments and Communications

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…

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 16, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments


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The Lowest Hanging Fruit for Revenue Doesn’t Want to Buy a Car

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 9, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Piggyback On Your OEM’s Efforts For Increased Service Revenue

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…

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Added by Chris Miller on October 9, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Want to Triple Recall Work in your Service Department?

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.…

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Added by Chris Miller on September 16, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments


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Service Departments Need Tune-Ups Too

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment


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Service Dilemmas: What Would You Do? The Results

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 11, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment


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FCA US Dealers: Service Revenue Just Got A Lot More Important

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments


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Repair Your Dealership’s Fixed Ops Strategy

Jiffy Lube. Valvoline. Pep Boys. Midas. These are the names your shoppers see when they search the Internet for service and parts options.



Why?



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…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on March 11, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments


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Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments


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Reach Out and Touch Someone

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments


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Tired of Damage Complaints in Service? Here’s a Solution.

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.…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments


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Using Data to Increase Service Revenue

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 30, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

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