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Written By: Robin Cunningham
For the last sixteen months I have had the incredible experience of being a lead instructor with the NCM Institute. I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dealership managers in our multi-level classes for general managers, general sales managers, used vehicle managers, service managers, financial managers, and some private dealership training, as…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 28, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Written By: Rebecca Chernek
AutoNation USA, the #1 publicly-owned automotive retailer, opened its doors as a mega “one pricing” pre-owned operation in 1997. It built elaborate showrooms; county records show one was 218,000 square feet. The showrooms included a café, a playroom and an aftermarket display platform.
Kiosks with computers were placed throughout the store enabling consumers to efficiently check out in-stock inventory or to submit a loan application. Customers were…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Today's blog post is by Wayne George, an NCM Executive Conference Moderator for several NCM 20 Groups. Prior to joining NCM, Wayne spent 29 years in the retail automotive world. He was also a charter member of the NCM General Managers Top Twenty Group for seven years.
Your service department charging retail rates to recondition your vehicles…Continue
Written By: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how can it sell more…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 14, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
Written by: Keith Shetterly
We talked for years in automotive retail about “The Road to the Sale,” and I’m clearly one of the many supporters of that path to sales success. However, too many of us are still on "The Road Less Profited." Why? Because we are not getting more sales (and profits!) from "The Road to Retention”!
Retention sales link the positives of variable and fixed operations together, and their teaming allows each part of the dealership to amplify the other.…
Added by Garry House on March 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The Big Deal About Big Data
Written by: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
This article was written by: Dennis Kane
I see an increasing trend from auto dealers: slip, trips and falls are on the rise, particularly in the service department.
This uptick can be attributed to some or all of the following factors:
Dealerships are simply more hazardous than previously, either due to changing weather patterns or because attention to safety has waned,
Dealerships are servicing a greater number of cars because more…
Added by Garry House on February 28, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments
The article below was written by NCM Associates Moderator, Joe Basil.
A top 10 nationally-ranked auto dealer called me recently and asked me to do an assessment. I said no problem, I’ll send the list of schedules that I need from your controller and we can get started. The dealer responded no, not that assessment, the management assessment that we did two years ago. Based on the urgent tone in his voice, I asked, “Tell me what’s going on?” The dealer explained that in 2011, the store…Continue
Added by Garry House on February 7, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments
If you haven’t already done so, it’s that time to review your 2012 performance in detail. In what areas did you fall short of your goals and why? Where could you have generated greater gains and how? Don’t allow January to slip by without these facts in writing and a discussion of how you can best move forward in 2013.
A common F&I pay plan in the automotive industry is known as the grid. It compensates managers based on their per vehicle retail performance and products sold…Continue
One of the questions on the NCM Institute post-class surveys is, “Which of the trainings presentations or topics were the most useful to you?” One of the most prevalent answers we see is “Time Management.”
At the NCM Institute Center for Automotive Retail Excellence, the training that we provide in our Service Management courses focuses primarily on strategies and tactics. However, we have discovered that the effective execution of the strategies that we teach is most often hampered by an important missing ingredient: most…Continue
Added by Garry House on January 24, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments
This is a story about a phone call I received several months ago from a service director who had recently attended our NCM® Institute class, Principles of Service Management I. Although not her real name, I’m going to call her “Debbie” throughout the…Continue
Added by Garry House on December 21, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments
In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). As of last week, AIM has conducted four “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the…Continue
Added by Garry House on December 14, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Most of the articles I write are directed toward dealership senior managers or toward managers within specific departments. My content today is directed at all dealership department managers…or, rather, to those department managers who have a major sales responsibility. And guess what? Once again I’m going to talk about what’s not happening that should be happening in your department.
I am surprised by how few dealership departments have developed…Continue
Added by Garry House on November 30, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments