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Here is the latest Used Car Market report, with data from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. With an overall average segment depreciation of -1.7% during November, the market appeared to be better than the October average…Continue
Added by John Sternal on December 4, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments
A recent analysis of prices on today’s most popular car leases from Swapalease.com reveals that the Ford Fusion and Escape have the second- and third-highest jump in prices, respectively, over the last twelve months. Monthly lease prices on the Escape have risen 13.0% since November 2012, and prices on the Fusion have gone up 17.1% during the same period. Only the Infiniti G37 has risen more at 20.2% over the last twelve months. The twist to this data is that a recent…
Added by John Sternal on December 3, 2013 at 7:42am — No Comments
Welcome to the December edition of Beggs on the Specialty Markets, with data and analysis from Ricky Beggs of Black Book. The Black Book editors that focus their efforts to track and report the specialty markets…Continue
Added by John Sternal on December 2, 2013 at 10:04am — No Comments
The managers in your dealership must have a written job description with clearly defined responsibilities and expectations.
Having specific goals for the department is required. Daily action plans for selling, training, appointments, one-on-one coaching, save-a deal meetings, deal structuring, follow-up, etc will increase sales by 20 percent without spending more for advertising.
If you read biographies of successful people or businesses, one common thread…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
All businesses are built on two areas of competency – people skills and marketing skills. Many sales people who are more than adequate in their sales and people skills are struggling today. The reason is most sales people lack enough opportunities with customers. Lead generation = dollar creation
As a sales person you are in business for yourself. Having a mentality of being the CEO of your company is crucial to developing your business. The dealership signs your check, and…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
1. Educate Yourself
Don’t wait for managers or anyone else to give you the sales education you need. Unfortunately, the automobile industry has been stuck for years in a, “Throw them in and see if they can swim mentality.” Some dealerships take new recruits to a meeting room and have them watch training tapes for a day and expect them to be trained. Neither of these options will increase your odds for success.
Begin a massive self-education program that will…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I was recently invited to be a guest lecturer for an entrepreneur class at the University ofCincinnati. In the question-and-answer portion of the program, the professor asked me to sum up what I felt was the most important message I could stress to the class. My reply was one word – ACTION.
At a sales seminar I was giving, I was going over low- to no-cost marketing strategies designed to increase leads for sales people. At the first break after the marketing section, one of…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 26, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Welcome to another edition of Black Book data and Beggs on the Used Car Market. I’m Ricky Beggs Editorial Director at Black Book. Thank you for tuning in to see some very interesting movements in the market value over the past week. Looking at the various comments gathered and reported by the Black Book survey personnel and editors as they stood on the auction lanes gave us as much of a wide spread of impressions of the market as I can…
Added by John Sternal on November 26, 2013 at 7:51am — No Comments
Have you made the commitment that automotive sales is your career choice? Unless you commit, it’s impossible that you will take the necessary steps to create the business you desire. Long-term thinking in addition to short-term goals are keys to continued success.
When you first enter into a sales position, 80 percent of your time is spent acquiring customers and 20 percent of your time is spent maintaining those customers. Eventually, with the right efforts, that model…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports average car lease prices for cars on the road rose 1.2% year-over-year according to October new listings. Monthly prices averaged $586.00 in October compared with $579.93 in October 2012. These prices compare to an average of $582.02 in September.
Among today’s popular leases, The Infiniti G37 saw the largest year-over-year increase, jumping 20.2% ($535.81) compared…
Added by John Sternal on November 25, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments
What is hidden wealth? Hidden wealth is an unused, dormant or under utilized part of your business that contains great value. All businesses have at least one hidden wealth. Even the best businesses in the world contain hidden wealth. The key is to determine your hidden wealth and begin to mine the potential gold that lies therein. All businesses are different. Each business should require their leaders to conduct a concerted effort of introspection and egoless honesty to determine what…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
You are who you decide to be at any given moment. It does not take money, a degree, a certain age, a certain appearance, tons of experience, knowing the right people, past success or any other qualifying factor that you may be currently using as a subconscious roadblock to your desired success. Your belief system creates your results both past and present. If your current belief system is not what it should be to support your success, you must fake it, till you make it.
Added by Mark Tewart on November 21, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports credit approvals were relatively unchanged in October compared with the previous month. The year-to-date approvals for customer credit finished October at 72.8%, compared with September levels of 72.7%.
The current rate shows a marked improvement over last year’s percentage, when 64.4% of approvals were processed through the end of…
Added by John Sternal on November 20, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments
Thoreau once said, “Things don’t change, people do.” If things are to happen, you must make them happen. Good people and businesses always make things happen. Let’s look at the essential rules of making things happen.
Rule 1 – Always have a CEO attitude – You must start by taking responsibility for all things both good and bad. Accept that your company signs your check and you fill in the numbers. Your own personal philosophy, which is determined strictly by…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 20, 2013 at 1:02pm — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, driven by data from Black Book. Congratulations to Bill Jensen of Chase Auto Finance as he was chosen as the Auto Finance Executive of the Year. Dan Kennedy of General Motors was selected as the National Remarketing Executive of the Year. Jeff Haynes of BBVA Compass was chosen and honored as the Re3 Executive of the Year covering the…Continue
Added by John Sternal on November 19, 2013 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Here is the latest used car market report from Black Book and Ricky Beggs, Editorial Director. Thanks for taking the time to tune into this video market blog from Black Book. While out in the field for a couple of days this past week, the number of comments I received…Continue
Added by John Sternal on November 13, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments
Fort Lauderdale, FL – November 11th, 2013 — AutoUSA Internet Sales Solutions (www.AutoUSADealers.com) today announced the results of its 2013 annual auto dealer Internet Marketing survey. Financing tools such as online credit applications and trade-in calculators deliver the most valuable website leads, according to respondents. Other significant results from the survey identify…Continue
According to Black Book data, used vehicles model years 2008-2012 overall depreciated -2.1% in October, marking a noticeable change from September data recorded at -1.3%. Domestic cars depreciated -2.5%; import cars were -2.3%; domestic trucks were -1.7%; and import trucks were -2.1%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly.
Full-size pickups and Full-size CUVs led all segments with the strongest monthly depreciation levels each at just -1.1%.…
Added by John Sternal on November 11, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports average car lease prices declined -2.0% year-over-year based on listings entering the market during September. Prices on leases averaged $582.02 in September, down from $593.66 in September of 2012. These prices compare to an average of $578.06 recorded during August. Ford’s popular Escape, Focus and Fusion models all showed significant price jumps on monthly payments recorded in September compared with the previous…Continue
Added by John Sternal on October 15, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments
It has been a busy week, but not overly active in the number of necessary adjustments. At 1450 vehicles adjusted per day throughout the last week, this is the smallest number since back at the end of August. As a comparison, the number of changes this past week is almost 640 per day less than the average daily change of 2090 per day for the entire month of October 2012.
With the smaller number of changes, how is the value change level reacting as compared to last week and even…
Added by John Sternal on October 14, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments