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Why Technicians and Service Advisors Need Marriage Counseling

Life in the retail automotive industry is taxing. Managers and employees work long hours and, in many cases, are with their co-workers more than they are with their families. Miscommunications, tension or arguments can detract from the efficiency of the dealership, and thus decrease overall…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 21, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Overcoming Resistance To New Technology

As part of doing business in today’s fast-paced world, inevitably we all have to adopt new technology to make things run more efficiently.  Whether it’s a CRM, a call-tracking system, or a new DMS, it’s not usually met with a big welcome from all employees when the time comes to implement it. Most people don’t like…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 14, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Offer Value Above a Paycheck To Increase Employee Retention

Automotive News recently reported that FCA will offer free college tuition to all FCA dealership employees. It will begin immediately in the southeast region…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 7, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Who Owns Your Cars? Automakers Say They Do

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a law enacted in 1998, enforced and administrated by the U.S. Copyright Office. Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office is tasked with holding hearings to determine what new technology should, or should not, be exempt from copyright laws. According to…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 30, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

FCA US Dealers: Service Revenue Just Got A Lot More Important

FCA US CEO, Sergio Marchionne, recently announced plans to reduce the profit on new cars sold within the FCA brands by increasing the invoice prices, while keeping the MSRP the same. This will result in less potential profit for its dealers. The move, as reported by Automotive News, is FCA's attempt to…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Amazon Enters the Auto Repair Business… Sort Of

At the end of March, Amazon announced the launch of what they’re calling “Amazon Home Services.” This new service by Amazon enables customers to order services for their homes without the inconvenience of having to search for these service providers, obtain references and obtain pricing. Services range…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 16, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

GM Warranty Cuts: The Good and Bad News

An article last month in USA Today, revealed that General Motors plans to dramatically cut the warranty coverage on Chevrolet and GMC vehicles beginning with 2016 models. Additionally, GM is…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 9, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

How Customer Training Leads To Retention

With almost everything consumers purchase, there’s an owner’s manual or set of instructions for them to use.  For decades, car manufacturers have included an owner’s manual with new vehicles. Sadly, it is no secret that this tidy three hundred-page booklet is one of the least read publications produced in mass…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 26, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

What Does Cheating Teach Your Employees?

Automotive News recently carried a story about a lawsuit filed by Subaru of America against one of their franchisees. The lawsuit accuses a Southern California dealership of falsifying 224 CSI surveys in an…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 19, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Four Buckets of Customers

We all have a myriad of contacts that we consciously (or subconsciously) place into separate categories in our relationships. These categories include family, close friends, business associates, colleagues and acquaintances. Most people tend to act differently depending on which group they are surrounded by at any…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Season of Change?

With a steadily improving economy and declining unemployment rates, the automobile industry is geared up to experience another year of expansion and progress. While this is great news, it would be wise to consider that just as customers now have more choices when it comes to buying or servicing their vehicle, employees (and prospective employees) also have more options than they did just a few years ago.  In general they no longer feel quite so loyal to their position, nor do they fear…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 5, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Is Going Above & Beyond Really the Path to Customer Loyalty?

Most executives believe that providing an excellent customer experience will increase customer loyalty. Many companies are known for it and stand out as examples of how to win business and loyalty – Nordstrom, Zappos and Apple come to mind. While providing an excellent customer experience is certainly more likely to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 29, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Time Isn’t of the Essence

Imagine a customer that is in for a routine oil change at your dealership.

As part of the complimentary inspection your store provides, it is discovered that the vehicle’s brake pads are severely worn and it would be unsafe to continue driving the vehicle much longer without replacement.  The…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 15, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Volvo Boldly Goes Where No One Dares Go

While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Video Games: Using Employee Interests To Train

Despite the many tools available and the best of intentions, many dealerships struggle with providing ongoing professional development for their staff.

Whether it’s because of the volume of customers that need handling; lack of time; or worry about taking a…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

WestJet: A No Holds Barred Customer Loyalty Strategy

Last year, WestJet pulled off an elaborate scheme whereby flight passengers met with a virtual Santa at the gate to share any Christmas wishes. Upon arrival, these passengers were beyond delighted to discover the very gifts they had just wished for circling the baggage carousel. The whole caper was filmed and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s?  It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Starbucks Is Playing Offense and What Dealers Can Learn From It

Starbucks recently announced plans to roll out a delivery service in some key major markets. This follows on the heels of an initiative which allows customers to place their drink orders via smartphones, so as to minimize wait…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

When An Apology Isn’t An Apology

Regardless of how hard you work to ensure that your customers have an excellent experience, mistakes happen. No doubt you’ve had customers complain about something – it took too long for their vehicle to be serviced, there was a miscommunication in pricing during the sale, or a general failure to deliver on promises…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 20, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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