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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'fixed' (228)

How to Remove Friction from the Service Drive

Does your service department software remove friction for your customers but add friction for your staff? Perhaps that is why we see so many software companies come and go in this industry.

 

With today’s transformation from a dealership-centric focus to one that is…

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Added by Ujj Nath on February 22, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Technicians are the Key to Dealerships’ Future

Service departments account for and absorb most of a dealership’s losses in sales and fixed expenses. That is not going away anytime soon. With new car front-end grosses declining, most dealerships will increasingly rely on service business to, well, stay in business.

 

The problem isn’t a lack of service business, but a shortage of qualified…

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Added by Chris Miller on February 12, 2019 at 7:36am — No Comments

5 Processes that Drive Service Profits

As front-end margins continue their decline, dealers are more reliant than ever on fixed ops revenue. Fortunately, the opportunity to maximize service revenue has never been greater for dealerships.

 

In the last decade auto sales have boomed. Factory maintenance programs are driving more initial service visits. Increased CPO sales are creating…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on February 1, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments

myKaarma to launch service@home™ at 2019 NADA Show

service@home™ extends service department access to meet the demands of today’s busy customers

LONG BEACH, Calif.,-- January 24, 2019…

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Added by Ujj Nath on January 25, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Turning Recalls from Trash to Treasure

In a twist of irony, I’ve come to realize what consumers and dealerships have in common when it comes to vehicles recalls – assessing how important they are. Every day I work with dealerships throughout the nation, trying to get them to understand that recalls are not only about vehicle safety but also about an opportunity to engage consumers at their moment…

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Added by Chris Miller on January 21, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments


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How Failing to Train Service Advisors Affects Profitability

All too often, dealers are hesitant to make an investment in training new and Preowned salespeople because turnover in the sales department can be as high as 70 percent according to NADA. Service, however, has always been most dealership’s foundation for profitability. That’s where the phrase “service absorption” comes from.

 

For the most part,…

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Added by Andy Church on January 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments

Millennial Expectations and Online Scheduling

As Millennials get older, they become an increasingly important fixed ops customer segment to retain. A recent AutoLoop study found that currently, Millennials make up approximately 18% of all service appointments. And that number continues to steadily increase year over year. In fact, as shown in the graph below, Millennials and Generation Z continuously…

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Added by Kate Spangler on January 8, 2019 at 6:59am — No Comments

How to Grow Loyalty with Service Marketing

For car dealers, the opportunity to create loyal customers might start with a sale, but true loyalty is created in the service department. According to a 2017 IHS Markit study, the average length of car ownership is nearly seven years. That's a long time to maintain a relationship with someone until the next sales cycle.

 

So, the focus must be…

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Added by Courtney Evans on January 4, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments

The Growing Used Vehicle Market May Be Great for Consumers

According to a recent article in Automotive News, investors and car dealers have shifted their focus to the…

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Added by Chris Miller on December 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

fusionZONE Releases Mobile Text Coupons for Sales & Service

Auto Dealers Increase Service Leads Over 200%

With Mobile Text Coupons

 

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calf.,…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

For a Profitable Service Department, Don’t Get Tired of Tires!

91% of service customers defect once they are out of warranty, and those are a dealership’s most profitable customers. What can your dealership do to help retain these valuable customers?

 

Tire sales can easily distinguish your dealership from its competition and decrease defection, but only if they are promoted and sold differently than how…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 17, 2018 at 7:21am — No Comments

Five Videos Every Service Department Needs

As more dealers turn to fixed ops to grow profits, it's important not to overlook the power of video. Video is a great tool for building customer trust because it allows you to address the perception that dealerships charge too much or try to sell customers unnecessary repairs.

 

An effective video marketing strategy for your service department…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 5, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

As Safety Value Increases, So Do Repairs

Technology that helps safeguard…

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Added by Chris Miller on November 13, 2018 at 6:37am — No Comments

Shifting Winds Reveal Service Revenue Opportunity

After an unprecedented period of sales volume growth, the prediction for a flat Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) in the coming years has significant implications for dealerships. As competition for new vehicles heats up, front-end margins will continue to decline, forcing more dealers to focus on back end…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why Technicians will Soon Rule the Automotive Industry

I think it’s fair to say that automotive technicians are getting harder to find. These days, less people are choosing a career in automotive repair, even though technicians make great money and many need little or no formal college education or previous experience. Look at independent repair facility employment ads and…

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Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Retail Hazard Ahead: Vehicle Purchases Experiencing Some Delays

The good news? To date, automotive sales have remained stronger than many analysts originally predicted, with customers of all ages continuing to buy both new and pre-owned vehicles. Considering some of the earlier ominous forecasts, it’s no wonder numerous retailers are…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on October 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Obtain a SaaS Valuation with Subscription Revenue

Have you ever noticed how the market values dealerships versus how it values Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses that derive income from the same automotive revenue stream? SaaS businesses such as CDK trade at mid-20x P/E ratios while dealers trade at 4-6x operating profit.

 

One major reason for this…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on October 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Where Oh Where Has the Service Department Gone?

Arguably, one of the most important marketing channels any dealership has is their website. Think about it. How much money do you spend simply to get customers there? When you combine all marketing efforts including, but not limited to, SEO, SEM, some third-party listing sites and…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Pitfalls of Discounting Service

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Added by Chris Miller on September 27, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Hello, is It Me You’re Looking For?

I frequently write about how, in my opinion, dealerships would be wise to expand their thinking and change attitudes towards recall customers … and not just recall customers, but all customers

 

The customer experience is key to building customer loyalty, increasing referrals and securing repeat…

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Added by Chris Miller on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

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