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In the past, customers were willing to bring their vehicle into a service department and wait patiently.
However, with the rise of convenience and the promise of speed in the form of express independent chains such as Jiffy Lube, regular service customers began forsaking the dealership and…
Added by Tom Cannata on August 29, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
With all of the recent epiphanies that thought leaders in ours and other industries that businesses should be spending time and effort cultivating relationships, spending money and basically treating customers right, I thought it time to re-visit this whole “customer loyalty” phenomenon. Customers don’t really care…Continue
Added by Arnold Tijerina on August 2, 2016 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
Added by Mike Gorun on August 10, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
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 -…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 4, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 9, 2015 at 5:30am — 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
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…Continue
Added by Jamil Zabaneh on March 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 26, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on August 19, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments
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.
And 100% of the time when there is little progress in performance…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 1, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments
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.
Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 21, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on February 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments
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…Continue
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,…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments
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.
How does it make you…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on September 3, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments
Added by Doug Blankenship on August 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 22, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments