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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'profit' (49)

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.…


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

Is Giving Up Profit A Smart Path To Customer Loyalty?

A dealer in Washington state has taken a highly unusual - and unheard of - path to customer retention and loyalty.

According to…


Added by Mike Gorun on August 10, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Going the Extra Mile to Earn Customer Loyalty

With brand loyalty at its highest point ever, it’s time to take a new look at customer loyalty within your own dealership.

According to IHS Automotive, as of the first quarter 2015, the automotive industry is sitting on a ten-year high of 52.8 percent in brand loyalty -…


Added by Mike Gorun on August 4, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Discounts: They Work But Can Do More Harm than Good

It’s no secret that dealerships have been in a crazy race to the bottom in terms of profit per vehicle. Consumers are always looking for the best deal and automotive Internet resources are providing them with more ammo to negotiate with. Dealers have been complaining for years about decreasing profit margins on…


Added by Mike Gorun on June 9, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

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…


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

Where Most Service Clinics Fail – And How To Ensure Yours Succeeds

Most dealers understand the importance of customer retention. They’re e-mail-blasting sales messages, sending direct mail, and their salespeople are combing over thousands of client records in their DMS, making phone calls to previous customers and orphan owners. The problem is that many dealers don’t realize that, all too often, those messages fall on deaf ears. Dealerships spend tons of money sending messages to customers that are mostly irrelevant because some vendor promised huge results…


Added by Jamil Zabaneh on March 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to "Blow Up" your Customer in the service drive 5 different ways

One of the many byproducts of training in so many dealerships is that you get to observe all the different ways people do things. Like how they answer the phone or talk to a customer in the service drive.

Over the years, I’ve made it a point to take note of some of the ways Advisors and Managers blow their customer up in the service drive and I thought I would share with you my observations and my Top 5.…


Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 26, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Sell the Car, Not the Price

Ever since the first car dealership opened, dealers have understood the emotional impact of “the walkaround.”  As consumers move through the buying cycle, they get to a point where they don’t just want, but need to experience a vehicle that they are interested in.  In the past, most consumers would visit the dealership…


Added by Timmy D. James on August 19, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Is this a "Training Issue"...?

Nearly every week we spend training in a Dealership, we try to identify and help correct deficiencies in production, CSI and dealership employee performance. The rub is that every dealership has different issues and problems.

Sometimes it’s the training, sometimes it’s the employee and sometimes it’s the management.

And 100% of the time when there is little progress in performance…


Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 1, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

Processes Save Lives

Processes save lives. It’s true. It is especially true when you are lying in a hospital bed with a doctor and a nurse talking to you about how their processes will save your life…which was where I found myself in the not too distant past.

Saving a customer's life begins with processes.
Saving a customer's life begins…

Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 21, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

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.




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

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…


Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — 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…


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…


Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 27, 2013 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

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,…


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…


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

Down The Road Advertising

My dealers receive between 180 - 200 leads per month from DTR. Do some math for yourself using you own results to project your ROI.

Leads X Closing Rate = Sales

Sales X Average Gross = Total Profit

Total Profit - $2000 DTR Monthly Subscription Fee = Net Profit

Net Profit / DTR fee = ROI

Even before getting your free appointment skills training days, you will make money on DTR. Now, what if your appointment ratio increases from these training days on ALL of… Continue

Added by Doug Blankenship on August 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — 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…


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…


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

Five Blogging Tips To Get More Leads

According to Rand Fishkin, Founder and CEO of, *there is an increase in blog readership as of late but a dramatic decrease in the amount of people blogging. This sets the stage for a powerful…


Added by Michael Cirillo on January 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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