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In the last decade auto sales have boomed. Factory maintenance programs are driving more initial service visits. Increased CPO sales are creating…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on February 1, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments
LONG BEACH, Calif.,-- January 24, 2019…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on January 25, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on January 21, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Andy Church on January 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 4, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, investors and car dealers have shifted their focus to the…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on December 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Tire sales can easily distinguish your dealership from its competition and decrease defection, but only if they are promoted and sold differently than how…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 17, 2018 at 7:21am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on December 5, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments
Added by Chris Miller on November 13, 2018 at 6:37am — No Comments
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 profitability.…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
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 you’ll no doubt find plenty of messages stating, “no…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
The facts are, however, that the phrase started because sometimes there is money…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on September 13, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
If you’re a movie fan, at some point, you will almost certainly have witnessed a scene where a villain sabotages a vehicle. The unsuspecting character gets into their car, fires up the engine and it explodes, dramatically. Or, perhaps the villain messes with the brakes, causing the main character to have a horrible crash. While these are familiar scenes out of a movie, the…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 27, 2018 at 6:44am — No Comments
You know how service visits affect service retention, but do you know how service visits relate to the customer buying process? According to a recent study conducted by AutoLoop, we discovered that the peak repurchase rate occurs between the fourth and eighth service visit. This valuable insight gives you an edge in your marketing strategy: increase engagement and revenue by…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on July 23, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments
One of the staples for service department is tires, including sales, mounting, balancing and alignments. Tires are a price leader for your dealership and a great way to get customers in, providing you the opportunity for additional service work revenue.
Added by Ujj Nath on June 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
It’s a sad fact that current recall repair compliance rates are so abysmal.
Most dealers know it., the Feds know it, state governments know it, and the manufacturers know it. Resolving this recall crisis starts with a notification. But, people simply don’t read recall…
Added by Chris Miller on June 22, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
On average, dealers capture just half of the necessary service work that needs to be performed on vehicles that come into their service lanes. This is a big leakage point that has a direct impact on service revenue. It also offers tremendous untapped potential.
In addition to acquiring new…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on June 21, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
In 2014, due to safety concerns, Toyota issued a recall notice for a power inverter on its popular Toyota Prius. Nothing abnormal. But for the fact that, even after the recall was fixed, customers continued coming in with issues – hundreds of them – and that’s when Roger Hogan’s dealership decided…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on June 18, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Most dealerships at the very least conduct some form of multi-point inspection and inform the customer about any needed repairs discovered during the inspection. But what happens if those recommendations aren’t properly documented?
Well, failing to…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on April 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
When a dent appears, a crack or other type of damage occurs, the last thing you should do is postpone the repair or replacement of the car's glass due to cost. For this reason, we offer competitive prices that…Continue
Added by Pie Chan on April 29, 2018 at 12:30am — No Comments