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If your dealership is like most, the sales and service side of the house feel like two disconnected islands most of the time. The teams rarely come together unless handling reconditioning or aftermarket accessory installation. But…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on June 20, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments
Drivers participating in the nation's most extensive ridesharing services are all independent contractors and, as such, are responsible for keeping their own vehicles maintained. After all, if they want to make money as a contracted driver, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect them to oversee vehicle maintenance, performance, and…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 17, 2019 at 7:06am — No Comments
With the auto industry facing a shortage of technicians, it’s important to do what we can to attract young technicians and keep them.
After all, when the front end of the business slows down, it’s the back end that can keep your store afloat and profitable. But there are two main problems…
Added by Stephen Coambes on June 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
The current automotive market presents today’s dealers with unique challenges—the biggest one being the evolution of the customer experience. As shown by the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), which gauges the strength of overall vehicle demand in any given month, the current automotive market…Continue
Added by Graham Annett on June 6, 2019 at 6:27am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, consumers LOVE the idea of all of this new in-vehicle technology. The problem is that many of them don’t truly understand the intricate features and benefits. There is no way a salesperson can explain each and every technological…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 5, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
In today’s society, time is a precious commodity. So much so that consumers make their buying decisions based on how long it takes to complete the transaction. If you had the choice between a $20 oil change that would take 4 hours to complete, or a $30 oil change that would take 30 minutes, which would you choose?
For the automotive industry,…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on May 16, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Sales profit margins are getting smaller, and dealerships are looking to service as the profit-making aspect of their business. And there’s one area of service that’s particularly overlooked, especially for how much revenue it can generate:…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on May 8, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments
All businesses need good leaders who know what it takes to be profitable, but also how to retain employees who are valuable to the business. Employee retention is key to profitability, as replacing someone takes a significant amount of time and effort. It can also result in lost revenue as the dealership sacrifices the opportunity to connect with and foster…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 29, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments
April 23, 2019, Laguna Hills, CA – Recall Masters, Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, today…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 23, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
All Car Manuals today extended their range of factory service manuals for Hyundai vehicles, adding 11 new vehicle models to their range of offerings.
All Car Manuals has been an…Continue
Added by David Anderson on April 21, 2019 at 4:19am — No Comments
Many dealers struggle with getting customers to bring their vehicles in to take care of recall issues. The fact that the average recall completion rate is around 75 percent, tells us that standard recall marketing campaigns aren't as effective as they could be.
Your customers either aren't getting the message, or they set it aside and forget…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on April 19, 2019 at 7:57am — No Comments
Notifying customers when they are due for service is an obvious—yet crucial—part of any dealer’s marketing strategy. Unfortunately, not all notifications get the same results. Many well-intentioned efforts are too little, too late, and don’t have a solid strategy. And breaking through to…Continue
Added by Jeff Giere on April 18, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
How long does it take to build customer loyalty? It might start with a great sales experience, but if a customer feels like they've been taken advantage of in the sales process, it will be hard convincing them to come back for service. True customer loyalty is built over a period of…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on April 5, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
When you buy something online, checkout can take mere seconds. And chances are good that your credit card was saved from previous transactions, meaning you just have to click the checkout button and your…Continue
Added by Dean Martin on April 4, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
Many businesses focus on improving customer convenience as a means to expand their reach and volume of commerce. It’s not just Internet companies such as Amazon, but some of the most substantial brick and mortar chains, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Office Depot and several major grocery store chains.…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on April 3, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Hidden profit opportunities exist throughout most dealerships. Whether those opportunities present themselves through service customers migrating to sales or sales customers that become service customers, all can lead to increased revenue and building relationships with your customers. Many dealers, however, don't incentivize those handoffs, so these episodes…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on April 1, 2019 at 7:28am — No Comments
In my last blog, Technicians are the Key to Dealerships’ Future, I discussed how the race to acquire technicians may just be outweighed by the difficult task of retaining the ones…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on March 7, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
With today’s transformation from a dealership-centric focus to one that is…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on February 22, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
When cars breakdown, most of us become thunderstruck for two main reasons, the first reason is the fact that we become immobile and secondly we fret about the cost of repairing the vehicle which more often than not puts a dent in our bank account.
Well, although the fact remains true that sometimes we have but no choice, but to go to a mechanic to get things fixed, there are times when we could actually do the repairs or even regular services by ourselves that would…Continue
Added by David Anderson on February 21, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 12, 2019 at 7:36am — No Comments