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Richard Hamel's ADM Blog (12)

In Search of the Perfect Crash Test Dummy...

The name comes from: Total HUman Model for Safety.



Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that the latest version of its THUMS crash test dummy now allows analysts a detailed peek at internal-organ injuries caused by automobile collisions.…



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Added by Richard Hamel on June 4, 2010 at 7:55am — No Comments

28 Million Risky Driving Events Caught on Camera...

SmartDrive Systems announced recently that it has topped 28-million risky driving events captured by its onboard SmartRecorder, currently in use by many professional fleets and corporations.


Risky driving includes many basic driving errors - everything from failure to yield, california stops and unsafe lane changes to following too closely. It also takes into account distracted or inattentive driving such as driving while talking on a cell, texting, smoking or…
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Added by Richard Hamel on June 3, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Automotive Leasing Terminology Explained...

Leasing a vehicle is based entirely on the idea that you only pay for what you use. Most modern leases will guarantee the value at the end of the lease term. The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with the terms you will see and hear when you visit the dealership.



Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price = MSRP
MSRP is the full price for a vehicle as displayed on its window sticker, including optional packages and…
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Added by Richard Hamel on May 7, 2010 at 9:17am — No Comments

Vehicle Lease Types...

First, and most importantly, federal regulations require that ALL Lease contracts CLEARLY state the type of lease you are contracting for. The following is a brief description of the different types of leases you may encounter. If you are not certain what you are signing...ASK!
Closed End Lease Plan

·  Allows you to operate vehicles and only pay for the portion of the vehicle you use.


. You have the option of…
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Added by Richard Hamel on May 4, 2010 at 7:20am — No Comments

Am I A Good Candidate For Leasing?

Now that you have seen the benefits that can come from leasing your next vehicle, how do you decide if it's right for you? Consider these four guidelines carefully...



Do you normally keep your cars 6 years or more?


One of the benefits of leasing is that you can drive a new car every two, three, or four years. However, you'll always be making payments. To many people, this is an…
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Added by Richard Hamel on May 1, 2010 at 9:32am — No Comments

What are the advantages of leasing an auto?

Although not for every prospective buyer, vehicle leasing can offer certain advantages and be an very attractive alternative to a traditional purchase. You must consider a few important factors and make sure a lease would be beneficial to you.




What are the advantages?




Lower Monthly Payments


Because you only pay…
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Added by Richard Hamel on April 29, 2010 at 9:37am — No Comments

NEW YORK DEBUT OF SCION iQ...

Wellington Pereira, Acton Toyota of Littleton's Scion Manager returned from the New York Auto Show this weekend with reports on the new Scion tC and the upcoming 2011 Scion iQ.



Making its debut in New York is the 2011 Scion iQ, which is the world’s smallest four-seater.



Wellington points out the iQ’s hip nature and young target audience, noting, “we were told that the iQ represents a ‘new dimension,’ and is a vehicle for a ‘progressive buyer.’"



The iQ…

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Added by Richard Hamel on April 5, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

It's All About The Numbers...

A golf buddy of mine recently commented that he had over 300 Facebook "friends" and that he was getting tired of trying to come up with something interesting enough to post everyday. "How many of these folks do you actually know", I asked. He just shrugged.



Turns out that he really only knows about 45 of the folks who frequent his page but felt that having more contacts was always desireable. He actually felt guilty if he wasn't providing fresh content for people he didn't… Continue

Added by Richard Hamel on April 1, 2010 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Best Dealership on the Planet

Some dealerships earn distinction among their peers, in particular, in areas of dealership performance such as sales, service or customer satisfaction. Very few dealerships, however put it all together as Acton Toyota has done.



I just saw where they won the awards for:



*President’s Award

*Board of Governors

*Customer Service Advisory

*Sales Excellence

*Service Excellence

*Parts Excellence

*Customer Relations Excellence

*Best… Continue

Added by Richard Hamel on March 29, 2010 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Toyota did the right thing...

After all of the bashing by the Government and National Press, news now surfaces that Toyota had sent its first warning to 1500 Lexus and Toyota dealerships over three years ago. Toyota notified it's dealership network and the public through an established industry method known as a "Technical Service Bulletin".



(A Technical Service Bulletin (TSB), is a communication between a manufacturer and its dealerships that can serve as an update to publications, describe parts updates, or… Continue

Added by Richard Hamel on March 29, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

What will you do in 2010?

Here we are already at the end of the first week of January, 2010.



Only 51 more to go.



Have you given any thought to your online image and what is says about you? Do you have a strategy in place to effectively use the appropriate available social media outlets to your greatest benefit?



As a company, are you still playing around with MySpace and FaceBook or have you caught a whiff of the future?



Take a moment and ask yourself where…
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Added by Richard Hamel on January 5, 2010 at 10:03am — No Comments

Three Posting Pitfalls…

It’s common knowledge that a social media presence is good for sales. It’s your dealership’s opportunity to connect with prospects, develop a reputation for knowledge and gain some relatively free advertising.



However it is becoming terribly clear that many managers and salespeople, in the rush to get their name out there are abandoning something very important. TACT. In fact, many dealerships I have followed seem to have no idea what kind of image they are really projecting… Continue

Added by Richard Hamel on December 23, 2009 at 8:22am — 3 Comments

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