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It’s been 60 days.
Like many, you went to the NADA Convention determined to find the one thing that was going to make a difference in your Dealership this year. You had every intention of making changes and doing something different. You gathered information and then cataloged it. You even made a list of your Dealerships Managers and their responsibilities and revised their Goals based on the new information and training you were about to provide them.
You were ready for…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 29, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments
In every Dealership there is a desk. And behind that desk sits someone who has the responsibility to increase Profits.
In Fixed Ops, this person is called the Service Manager.
Typically (when I go into a store that is not profitable), I find the person sitting behind that desk working on everything not related to increasing Profits while believing that they are working on everything related to increasing Profits.
I call it the “Theory of Un-relativity” and it goes like…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments
With the emphasis on increasing RO count through the manufacturer’s initiatives in regards to Quick Lube, Express Service, Fast Oil Change or whatever you call the 30 minute oil change in your Dealership, you would think that RO counts would be going up.
In some instances, yes they are. There is no doubt that these programs have resulted in more traffic into some stores in some cases.
But, in many stores, even with the advent of the “30 Minute Oil Change” marketing push and…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 20, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments
In every dealership that I visit that is struggling with increasing Sales per Repair Order, performing a walkaround is the area that the Advisors do not do well, if at all.
Recently, I was observing a service drive when a customer pulled up in a car and the advisor looked up from the desk and and said "Oh, look...she is just sitting there." And for the next 3-5 minutes, the advisor sat at her…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Here is a simple way to make more every month.
It's called the "6 Steps to Happy Bank Deposits" and it goes like this.
1st, write down what you make per month…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on February 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments
During the analysis and evaluation we conduct prior to starting a training program the question of ethics and standard business practices we train on usually requires some explanation. In other words, Dealer Principals and General Managers want to hear from us that we conduct our training programs ethically and professionally.
If I were to stand in a room full of Dealer Principals and ask "Who in here believes that the best way to take care of a customer is to sell extra or un-needed…Continue
Helpful…or Professional…which of these sound better?
If you are like a lot of Dealers and General Managers hiring “helpful” people always seems to be the right call. The belief is that you can develop someone into becoming a Professional. While I don’t disagree with this practice, what I find all across the country is the opposite of helpful or Professional.
Because we train all across the country, we have exposure to every make and model of vehicle in every kind of Dealership,…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments
Increase Gross Profit, Increase Net Profit, Control Expenses, Increase Sales.
Chances are you have been living those four financial principles since you became the owner or GM. And if you are a service manager reading this, you have been the willing champion of the preceding 4 financial cornerstones to dealership success.
How does it make you…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on September 3, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments
To: Dealer Principal
From: Fixed Operations Net Profit
Reference: Fixed Operations Gross Profit Resignation Letter
Dear Dealer Principal,
It has come to my attention that Fixed Ops Gross Profit has resigned effective immediately. Without the continued support of Gross Profit I cannot continue to be effective in the performance of my duties while adding funds to your Profitability. (not to mention your bank…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 22, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments
Date: Effective Immediately
From: Fixed Operations Gross Profit
To: Dealer Principal
Dear Dealer Principal,
It is with great regret that I must submit this letter of resignation effective immediately.
Although we have worked together over the past few years I don’t feel I can contribute to your bottom line anymore. It has been a great experience and I wish you and all of your dealership team the best.
I am quite…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 21, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments
It is an age old diametrically opposed argument. On one side, we have technology. On the other side, we have personnel.
And when it's all said and done, we like to think that we have contributed to the Dealership's future and had a hand in weaving the very fabric of that Dealership.
And in every Dealership…Continue
Google is testing out its advisor product with car dealers/buyers in the San Francisco Bay area. After having a mild heart attack and visions of "Tru Car" on steroids, I quickly realized that it will simply force marketing companies to re-structure their dealership offerings.
Although I am not aware of the ins and outs of its paid search as it pertains to car dealers, what I first noticed is that new car pictures are found on the front page of a search. As a car shopper, I would…Continue
Added by James Bazuik on June 26, 2012 at 11:33pm — No Comments
A traveling salesman had come to the end of a long day and was very hungry. He had not made many sales and was feeling a little frustrated with his results. He decided to stop and get something to eat and mull over his next step.
He stopped in town, parked on Main Street and looked around. He found two restaurants side by side. Above each there was a sign.
The one on the left said “Food, more…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Every Coaching session can be effective if you follow certain steps to improve your chances of a Successful outcome.
There is one word that is critical in determining the outcomes. That word is "Specific." There is an old saying that goes like this. "The more specific you are the better your results" and…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 6, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments
Stand on any Service Drive on any given day and you will hear Customers describe all kinds of noises related their vehicles. The variety of sounds people make describing their …Continue
Have you ever blown up a balloon and then just let it go and listen to the sound it makes? If you have children or a crazy Uncle Lenny, chances are you've heard this noise before. It is so distinctive that once you've heard it, you are not likely to forget it the rest of your life.
I've heard this same noise in my head many times in the service drive right after an Advisor says something he or she shouldn't have. In our…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 24, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments
In fixed ops we constantly worry whether or not we are getting a return on every one of our ad dollars. Every manufacturer tracks it. Every ad vendor tracks it. And when we spend the money and don't get an immediate return, we start to fret.
Here is the rub.
Customers don't make a connection with…Continue
“When our research tracked 20,000 new hires, 46% of them failed within 18 months. But even more surprising than the failure rate, was that when new hires failed, 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill. The attitudinal deficits that doomed these failed hires included a lack of coachability, low levels of emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament.” Mark Murphy, Hiring for Attitude, Forbes
In the car business , it’s all…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 3, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments
Don’t you think there is too much waiting going on? I don’t mean the kind of waiting we do for a burger at the local drive thru or waiting for the mail to arrive.
Heck, we all know that in this “electronic” age, society is way too fast and by being so, has turned us into petulant…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 11, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments