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Why? Although there can be many reasons for dealerships that struggle, after two decades of consulting, coaching and…Continue
Used car prices are expected to fall -13.5% this year, compared to -12.8% in 2013. However, this rhythm of price drops is expected to take a pause over the next 45-60 days as buyers use their tax rebate checks to purchase used cars, known as the “tax buying season”.
If similar patterns follow last year’s trends, keep an eye on the following four segments, which may show price increases in the…
Added by John Sternal on February 20, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
Drive up to a dealership and you will most likely see a lot lizard. Their species is easy to spot. They tend to congregate in front of the dealership, smoking, joking, complaining and waiting to wait on someone. Notice I said waiting to wait on. These lizards are a curious species in how they tend to look for prey. The professional is a different breed. The professional tends to not wait on much or for long. The professional has goals, a work plan and is too busy taking action…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Robert Cialdini is a social scientist who wrote the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. In the book, Cialdini describes six different influences that get people to say “yes.” In this article, I would like to review those six influences and how that relates to selling vehicles, and add one more form of influence that will assist you in getting your customer to say “yes!”
Reciprocation — Human nature creates an urge to pay back debts. These debts can be in the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
“In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, and in the mind of the expert there are few.”-Suzuki Roshi
What would you do in your sales career if you did not have limitations? Everyone has self-imposed limitations. These limitations can stem from several strong forces – environment, childhood experiences, workplace profiling, etc. Never allow anyone to pigeonhole you into who you supposedly are or who you are not.
People in your work…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
As a sales professional, it can be an eye-opening experience when you go shopping for yourself. Weaknesses in other’s presentations can teach us lessons about how to strengthen our own. One common theme you might notice is that many people don’t seem to recognize that people don’t buy products or services. People buy from people.
People buy solutions to perceived or real problems. Good sales people assist buyers in solving their problems through emotions, visual imagery, and…Continue
Negotiating can be done in a professional manner that can increase customer satisfaction while helping to protect both parties’ interests.
Let’s first look at some of the problems that give negotiating a bad name and then look at the solutions. A lack of training in negotiating in the automotive industry has put sales people at a disadvantage. Usually, a sales person is taught how to negotiate in a learn-as-you-go method. Although all learning must be accomplished by doing,…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
“You can’t make gross profit anymore now that we are fully in the digital age.” That is a common observation repeated every day by frustrated salespeople and managers. The reality is, that simply is not true. Gross profit is and always will be possible — if you create and practice the right elements for profit.
First of all, it is never possible to make the profit you desire without the right belief system and mindset. If you believe you cannot…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 12, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Do you believe in luck? Do you consider yourself a lucky person or are you waiting for your ship to come in? There is a difference between luck and randomness. You should create your own luck and remove the randomness of your results.
Recently, I conducted a sales meeting for a business. Before I gave the meeting, I entered the meeting area before the sales team arrived and I taped a $20 bill to the bottom of a chair. During the meeting, I asked everyone to stand up…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 11, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, the very latest used car market data provided by Black Book and Ricky Beggs. Well, at least in the southeastern United…Continue
Added by John Sternal on February 10, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments
Recently, I conducted one of my sales seminars where I spoke about ideas that center around the following skill sets — sales, people, life and marketing. Some of the attendees at the program had been to three, four or more of my seminars in the past. In listening to the results of many of the repeat attendees, it struck me like lightening what the most important word I heard over and over in their successes: action.
In a series of recent sales meetings, I explained a…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
What business are you in? “The car business” would probably be your normal answer. I would invite you look deeper into that question. Rarely, is your first answer to that question your most accurate answer. The majority of businesses fail, or fail to reach their potential, because the owner and managers haven’t figured out the most important and most basic question: “What business are we in?”
Saying you are in the car business seems logical. However, that answer does not stir…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 7, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
On November 19, 2005, a day after having surgery, I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer. I would compare receiving the news to going to the dentist and being numbed. However, this numbed my whole body. For 20 minutes I rushed through all kinds of thoughts and emotions – shock, anger, “why me?” questions, sadness.
After the 20 minutes, I made a big decision. I decided to live. I decided that all of the emotions and thoughts I was experiencing were not supporting…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 6, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports that the average monthly payment for a car lease on the road today is $572.42, down from an average of $590.38 back in August. Monthly payments on leases have continued to decline stemming from aggressive lease deals and increased incentives offered on leases since 2012.
Compared with year-ago payments, the Chevrolet Cruze has declined the most among the most popular lease vehicles. The average monthly payment for…
Added by John Sternal on February 5, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments
When you have a first encounter with a customer, they are usually wondering one simple question. Can I trust you?
There are three stages of buying:
1. Character and Trust
I don’t know that one stage is more important than the other but I do know that the trust stage usually happens first. When you build a house and the foundation is weak, no matter how nice a house you build it comes…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 5, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, says its customers are escaping their car leases at a new record pace. According to data from December 2013 listings, the average months remaining on cars listed during the month was 22.1, a new record for the 14-year-old marketplace. The previous record was 21.8 months remaining, set back in August 2006 and prior to the recession.
With average lease terms still set at 36 months,…
Here is the latest Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. I knew it was going to be a great week when a couple of dealers from Ohio, that were on the same flight and whom I did not know, but who watch this video market blog every week, had one of the flight attendants come to my seat and start asking questions about Black Book. I thought this a little strange but like I tell…Continue
Added by John Sternal on January 29, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments
This years NADA was definitely one for the books. Taking place in one of the best cities in America, New Orleans, LA. The times to be had were extremely fun and the information we gathered on the auto industry was insightfully eye opening.
The convention center was like a massive maze of everything auto with our friends being scattered…Continue
Added by Josh Knutson on January 28, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments
I had a new salesperson in a dealership call me and the main thing that we talked about was how training was nonexistent at the dealership that he worked at. It reminded me of how years ago when I joined the automotive industry I was sat in a room with four other people and the sales manager told us…Continue
Added by J.R. Batchelor on January 22, 2014 at 6:32pm — No Comments
2013 was dubbed the "Year Of The Lease", which means 2014 might be known for the "Year Of The Lease Pull Ahead". What is a lease pull ahead program and how might it impact the automotive industry?
Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com, offers the following insight.
Lease pull ahead programs are used by manufacturers and dealers to entice lease drivers into turning in their leases early in order to “re-lease” another vehicle. It’s a forgiveness opportunity on…
Added by John Sternal on January 22, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments