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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
For car dealers, the opportunity to create loyal customers might start with a sale, but true loyalty is created in the service department. According to a 2017 IHS Markit study, the average length of car ownership is nearly seven years. That's a long time to maintain a relationship with someone until the next sales cycle.
So, the focus must be…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 4, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, investors and car dealers have shifted their focus to the…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on December 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
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Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Customers don’t necessarily arrive at your dealership expecting a great experience. When it comes to service, many dread a higher-than-normal repair bill. They expect to hear additional maintenance is needed, but don’t want to spend a lot of time at the dealership and can get annoyed if made to wait longer than anticipated.
Added by Chris Miller on December 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Besides producing industry-leading automotive software, the company has also created a unique workplace that recognizes and incorporates the value of play
CLEARWATER, FL – November 14, 2018 – AutoLoop LLC, the leading provider of auto industry marketing, sales, and service solutions, announced today that the company has received the 2018 “Workplace Culture Program of the Year” award from Tampa Bay Tech, Florida’s largest…Continue
Added by Graham Annett on November 14, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments
After an unprecedented period of sales volume growth, the prediction for a flat Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) in the coming years has significant implications for dealerships. As competition for new vehicles heats up, front-end margins will continue to decline, forcing more dealers to focus on back end…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
I think it’s fair to say that automotive technicians are getting harder to find. These days, less people are choosing a career in automotive repair, even though technicians make great money and many need little or no formal college education or previous experience. Look at independent repair facility employment ads and…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
The good news? To date, automotive sales have remained stronger than many analysts originally predicted, with customers of all ages continuing to buy both new and pre-owned vehicles. Considering some of the earlier ominous forecasts, it’s no wonder numerous retailers are…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on October 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Have you ever noticed how the market values dealerships versus how it values Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses that derive income from the same automotive revenue stream? SaaS businesses such as CDK trade at mid-20x P/E ratios while dealers trade at 4-6x operating profit.
One major reason for this…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on October 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments
Arguably, one of the most important marketing channels any dealership has is their website. Think about it. How much money do you spend simply to get customers there? When you combine all marketing efforts including, but not limited to, SEO, SEM, some third-party listing sites and…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by Chris Miller on September 27, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
The customer experience is key to building customer loyalty, increasing referrals and securing repeat…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Today one of five vehicles on the road are under recall.
This year alone there have been 46 million vehicle owners notified of a recall; seven million of which are not related to the Takata airbag issue.
Recalls represent a significant revenue opportunity…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
In my last blog, I discussed how dealerships can lose significant profit by failing to merchandise vehicles efficiently. Simply put, you can’t sell something nobody knows you have. And, with thousands of competing vehicles…Continue
Added by John Wingle on September 18, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments
If you divide your customer database into quintiles, you’ll discover that the top 20 percent is responsible for 79 percent of your…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 7, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments
Almost every dealership has some degree of training, from the manager telling the salesperson, “Here’s how to do a foursquare, now go get an up,” to a more structured and professional routine, perhaps from an outsourced vendor. The problem is, this training can be inconsistent. Or, due to high turnover, the managers simply…Continue
Added by John Wingle on September 6, 2018 at 7:14am — No Comments
It wasn’t too long ago that most dealers shunned recalled vehicle owners, describing the additional traffic as a nuisance, or they viewed them as consumers who occupied service bays that could be more profitable with other types of business.
However, changes in OEM recall reimbursement policies, along…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted that he wanted to take Tesla private, which has garnered a lot of attention. Hey, I realize that Tesla as a company can be a polarizing issue in our automotive industry. But this is something you may want to pay…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on August 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
If you’re a movie fan, at some point, you will almost certainly have witnessed a scene where a villain sabotages a vehicle. The unsuspecting character gets into their car, fires up the engine and it explodes, dramatically. Or, perhaps the villain messes with the brakes, causing the main character to have a horrible…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 27, 2018 at 6:44am — No Comments