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Over the past few years, subscription services of all types have become increasingly popular with today’s consumers. Big names like Netflix and Amazon leverage them to offer optimized, often instantaneous access to their goods. Now, it’s the auto industry’s turn, with the rising popularity of vehicle subscriptions. These programs charge customers a monthly…Continue
Added by Jeff Giere on August 22, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments
If that pace continues, profit margins will be wiped out by 2025. It appears that the front-end grosses dealers enjoyed 10 or 15 years ago are never coming back.
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 12, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
As new vehicle sales and gross margins decline, it's natural to look for ways to cut expenses. But I've never understood the logic behind cutting service marketing…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on May 24, 2019 at 7:38am — No Comments
If you haven't heard already, Tesla was in a world of hurt after reporting its Quarter 1 sales. In fact, the pain was so great that some could say it almost became the Titanic with a series of unfortunate events including sales reported lower than…Continue
Added by Michia Rohrssen on April 17, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
Just one month into 2019, and we've already received the dire prediction (from NADA) that sales are expected to drop to levels the auto industry hasn’t seen since 2014.…
Added by Eric Schlesinger on February 13, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
All too often, dealers are hesitant to make an investment in training new and Preowned salespeople because turnover in the sales department can be as high as 70 percent according to NADA. Service, however, has always been most dealership’s foundation for profitability. That’s where the phrase “service absorption” comes from.
For the most part,…Continue
Added by Andy Church on January 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
Dealers are constantly inundated by trainers vying for their business. These trainers promise exponential success in sales and profits when they do. Many, however, are one-shot wonders in the sense that they come in, perform their training, get your staff pumped up and leave. What happens then? Chances are the lessons or knowledge that they may have learned…Continue
Added by Andy Church on December 13, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments
With the inundation of service requests by consumers, largely due to the increasing amounts of recalls that we’ve seen in the last few years, service…Continue
Added by Andy Church on September 21, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Every year about this time we begin to contemplate. What was our final score for 2012? How did we end up? Did we just SURVIVE or did we THRIVE?
For most of you, that reality was written months ago and on the 10th of January you’ll be…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on January 1, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Service is an "elbow to elbow" people business. As I (we) have traveled and observed so many Dealership Service Operations, there is still one overriding factor that every Customer Service Organization must understand and adhere to. This is people business.…
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 15, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
Lost Sales and Declined Services Customers are in many Dealerships, the largest untapped source of additional revenue. And in most cases, the Sales has been lost because of a few words and not a few dollars.
ALBANY, N.Y. – October 1st, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Mike Esposito will be presenting a workshop at the 13th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 24th at 3:30 p.m. How to Increase Service Growth Through Auto Dispatching is aimed at dealers, general managers, fixed ops and service managers who are looking for…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on October 1, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments
It is an age old diametrically opposed argument. On one side, we have technology. On the other side, we have personnel.
Clearly there is a huge gap between what "we" (old school) managers and Leaders consider useful and proper communication, motivation and Leadership techniques and what the "new" generation responds to.
There is a choice to be made.…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on July 16, 2012 at 7:46am — No Comments
And when it's all said and done, we like to think that we have contributed to the Dealership's future and had a hand in weaving the very fabric of that Dealership.
And in every Dealership…Continue
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – July 9th, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Stanley Subaru of Ellsworth, Maine has increased its service department proficiency by 20% since switching from its legacy dealership management system (DMS) to Auto/Mate in May of 2012.
Service manager Neil Harriman attributes the increased productivity to Auto/Mate’s integrated front-end appointment system and its…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on July 9, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments
A traveling salesman had come to the end of a long day and was very hungry. He had not made many sales and was feeling a little frustrated with his results. He decided to stop and get something to eat and mull over his next step.
He stopped in town, parked on Main Street and looked around. He found two restaurants side by side. Above each there was a sign.
The one on the left said “Food, more…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
That's right! There are 3 Personal Components you need to have to Succeed in the Car Biz!
ATTITUDE, SKILL SET and KNOWLEDGE!
A strong Attitude will get you through the day even though you may feel like giving up. Attitude smooths out the ups and downs…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 19, 2012 at 8:02am — No Comments
Every Coaching session can be effective if you follow certain steps to improve your chances of a Successful outcome.
There is one word that is critical in determining the outcomes. That word is "Specific." There is an old saying that goes like this. "The more specific you are the better your results" and…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 6, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments