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Let me share with you my experience, as a customer, intent to purchase a new 2012 vehicle. My name is Ernie Kasprowicz, General Manager and Partner of AutoMax Recruiting and Training, LLC. We are a company focused on staffing auto dealers with quality people within all departments and provide enhanced job skills training…Continue
Company continues expanding lending programs for the more than one-third of car-buyers with non-prime credit
Irvine, CA, February 29, 2012– CarFinance Capital LLC (http://www.CarFinanceCapital.com), a specialized provider of non-prime financing for auto dealers, today announced that it has secured a $200 million warehouse credit facility. The new credit line, which is provided by…Continue
Added by Crystal Hartwell on February 29, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments
Bellingham, WA—February 21st, 2012—AutoFerret.com announced today that its Automated Virtual Assistant (AVA) has sent her five millionth message to auto dealership customers. Considering that it takes an average of two minutes to compose an e-mail, that means AVA has added 10 million minutes of productivity to dealerships’ Internet sales departments nationwide. For each dealer using AVA, that breaks down to more than 16,000 e-mails that the sales team did not have to write.…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on February 21, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments
Periodically, we receive an email or a phone call from an ISM wanting to know how to increase their closing ratio from 30% to 40%. I often have to bite my lip in order to prevent myself from laughing hysterically. Invariably, I start to ask how that dealership is measuring its closing ratio. However, as I am asking that question, I am always asking myself why isn't there a standard equation for measuring closing ratio?
Let's think about other forms of measurement,…Continue
That’s what I heard most at NADA 2012. Dealers are re-building their Internet marketing departments and they’re pretty excited about it. For the first time in years, many dealers are hiring additional staff to help with increased Internet leads and increased sales. Yet they are doing so cautiously, and from what…Continue
If you ask most people where buying a car is on their “comfort scale”, many reply somewhere between a root canal and chronic diarrhea. Those of us in auto retail know how uncomfortable it can be and for years, many dealers have worked hard to fix that. We all know the…Continue
Added by Kathi Kruse on February 13, 2012 at 12:43pm — No Comments
Bellingham, WA—February 13th, 2012—AutoFerret.com announced today that vehicle sales data analyzed during the month of January 2012 reveals that its Automated Virtual Assistant (AVA), offers proven ROI for auto dealerships. Eight random dealerships that use AVA allowed AutoFerret.com to access their data for the purpose of analyzing ROI. The average closing rate on leads contacted by AVA was 27.8%, compared with an industry average of 6-12%. Additionally, AutoFerret.com…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on February 13, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments
Courtesy of Insignia's Guest Blogger Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com Inc.
The range of vehicle accessories in the automotive aftermarket industry today is nothing less than staggering. From the simple embellishments like better floor mats and car covers to complete sparkling chrome makeovers and everything in between, there are gizmos and attachments to make virtually any car or truck carry…Continue
Added by Ashley Poag on February 8, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments
Added by Ken Dugas on January 30, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Insignia has many years of experience in the automotive industry. And, we’ve discovered a few strategies and techniques very successful dealerships use to create…Continue
Added by Ashley Poag on January 27, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments
Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 23rd, 2012 – Booth 1415, NADA—AutoUSA Internet Sales Solutions (www.autousadealers.com) announced it will feature its new product line-up at NADA in Booth #1415. The products are designed to help auto dealer Internet sales departments address their biggest challenges, including staffing issues, adhering to written processes, increased competition and more. AutoUSA recently re-positioned itself,…Continue
“If I had more traffic, I could sell more cars”
Sound familiar? I’ve heard this several times during my travels the last few weeks and it didn’t matter what part of the country or what franchises.
I was at a long-time Ford client last week, started working with them in September of 1997. They are coming off of another great profit year, but January had started off a little slow.
I noticed the Sales staff was a little down and in conversations the main…Continue
Added by Jay Prassel on January 20, 2012 at 5:21am — No Comments
Approximately 80% of dealerships have a social media program, with some dealers reporting great success. Others, not so much. Some dealership Facebook Pages have thousands of fans and are very active, while some have only a few fans and employees and post irregularly. Some dealers get plenty of feedback from their fans, and some dealers continually post in a vacuum.
But even if your Page has thousands of active fans, do you know how many of them are in the market for a…Continue
Added by Josh Vajda on January 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
This webinar on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:30 A.M. EST, 10:30 A.M. CENTRAL, 8:30 A.M. PACIFIC,is a must attend for dealers wishing to discover how to use the latest in mobile technology to turn their inventories faster and realize more profit. RedBumper, a new breed automotive inventory management company, was founded by inventory management pioneer, Bruce Thompson, former CEO and founder of American Auto Exchange (AAX). Thompson is credited for creating and pioneering the…Continue
Added by sara callahan on January 19, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments
Right now, automotive dealerships across the globe are seeking ways to sell more vehicles in a market that appears to be on the upswing. 2012 will see a majority of dealerships dedicating more resources to their …Continue
Added by Justin Braun on January 19, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Have you been setting Sales goals for 2012? How about this one?
Research suggests that when setting goals being as specific as possible…Continue
Added by Ashley Poag on January 13, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Imagine driving more chat conversations than you ever thought possible! Proactive dealer chat invitations have …Continue
Added by Justin Braun on January 12, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments
Stating the obvious, the car business -- like the sports we love – can be a hard-fought win. Winning means playing hard, playing smart and playing from a heart of greater discipline, commitment and expectation than the other guys do.
In other words, in this battle to sell and service cars, every play must count or we’re creating a lot of activity that in the end doesn’t really matter.
Whether in football or selling…Continue
Added by Kurt Kubicki on January 10, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments
Dallas, TX – January 10, 2012 – RedBumper, (http://redbumper.com/) a new breed automotive inventory management company, today announced that it will unveil the first true mobile inventory management system at the 2012 NADA & ATD Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6. The new system is entirely Smartphone-centric and enables auto dealers to achieve faster turns, higher profits and volume sales,…Continue
Added by sara callahan on January 10, 2012 at 6:57am — No Comments