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Today's Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the new top reason women are buying from their sales advisor. Trust has always trumped price when it comes to buying from a sales advisor, but now, in our latest mid-year #bigdata report directly from women's reviews, “trust” no longer has the top spot.R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha Franklin couldn’t define it better. Respect is now the #1 prerequisite to trust in the formula to selling to women.The top 5 reasons women buy from their sales consultant are…See More
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What?It is time to talk about the F&I department in the dealership and how the BDC (GRC) department can help improve product penetration. The typical discussion with regards to business development is always about lead handling and appointments. The BDC discussion is one that can go on for hours and even days because it is…See More
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Increase After Sale Product Penetration Through Automotive Guest Relations (BDC)

What?It is time to talk about the F&I department in the dealership and how the BDC (GRC) department can help improve product penetration. The typical discussion with regards to business development is always about lead handling and appointments. The BDC discussion is one that can go on for hours and even days because it is…See More
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What's the NEW TOP Reason Women Buy?

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Just what does a 10% increase (in any KPI you choose) really mean to your dealership?Why small changes make big things happen. Have you heard the old saying “Yard by yard it's hard, but inch by inch is a cinch”?If I were to go to any of your dealerships and walk into the GM’s office and say “Would you…See More
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Greetings Friends,    The price of your services is not what keeps your customers coming back to your dealership. It is the amount of care you give them. When we are directed by the discounted price alone, we are developing the wrong kind of culture. Click the link below to find out how to develop a caring culture in your dealership. …See More
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Increase After Sale Product Penetration Through Automotive Guest Relations (BDC)

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It is time to talk about the F&I department in the dealership and how the BDC (GRC) department can help improve product penetration. The typical discussion with regards to business development is always about lead handling and appointments. The BDC discussion is one that can go on for hours…

What's the NEW TOP Reason Women Buy?

Today's Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the new top reason women are buying from their sales advisor. Trust has always trumped price when it comes to buying from a sales advisor, but now, in our latest mid-year #bigdata report directly from women's reviews, “trust” no longer has the top spot.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha Franklin couldn’t define it better. Respect is now the #1 prerequisite to trust in the formula to selling to women.

The top 5 reasons women buy from their sales…

Why customers keep coming back to your dealership

Greetings Friends,   

 

The price of your services is not what keeps your customers coming back to your dealership. It is the amount of care you give them. When we are directed by the discounted price alone, we are developing the wrong kind of culture.

 

Click the link below to find out how to develop a caring culture in your dealership.

 …

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AutoCon Launches “Your” Best Practices

Las Vegas, NV – The Third Annual AutoCon reinvents the automotive conference with a new and innovative format unlike any other industry event, which is attendee driven.  The majority of AutoCon’s speakers and trainers are actual dealer…

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Increase After Sale Product Penetration Through Automotive Guest Relations (BDC)

Posted by Stan Sher on July 23, 2014 at 2:40pm 1 Comment

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It is time to talk about the F&I department in the dealership and how the BDC (GRC) department can help improve product penetration. The typical discussion with regards to business development is always about lead handling and appointments. The BDC discussion is one that can go on for hours…

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BLACK BOOK ADDS ANIL GOYAL TO EXECUTIVE TEAM

Posted by Black Book on July 23, 2014 at 2:35pm 0 Comments

Black Book announces the addition of Anil Goyal to its executive team serving as Vice President of Analytics and Strategic Relationships. Best known for providing timely, independent and accurate vehicle valuation data, the addition of Mr. Goyal enables Black Book to broaden its reach into data and trend analysis for customers in a variety of leading industries.



Mr. Goyal comes to Black Book with a deep background in strategy and has held a number of senior positions in the…

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What's the NEW TOP Reason Women Buy?

Posted by Anne Fleming on July 23, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Today's Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the new top reason women are buying from their sales advisor. Trust has always trumped price when it comes to buying from a sales advisor, but now, in our latest mid-year #bigdata report directly from women's reviews, “trust” no longer has the top spot.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha Franklin couldn’t define it better. Respect is now the #1 prerequisite to trust in the formula to selling to women.

The top 5 reasons women buy from their sales…

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Posted by Mark Jama on July 23, 2014 at 10:05am 0 Comments

Hi all,

I tried Google-ling the top auto sellers in the US by brand (units sold) and wasn't having much luck.

And also here on Long Island, in NY.

Also, does anyone know the top 10 brands that have repeat service visits?  By that I mean consistently more repair/maintenance problems.

Mark

WANT TO LEASE A CAR ONLINE? MANY U.S. CAR SHOPPERS “WOULDN’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO LOOK”

Posted by John Sternal on July 23, 2014 at 10:04am 0 Comments

Online shopping for purchasing a car has never been more popular. But what about if you want to compare leases through an online channel? According to participants of a recent survey from Wantalease.com, many respondents wouldn’t even know where to start.



Executives at Wantalease.com and its sister marketplace, Swapalease.com, were curious about how average drivers feel about the online research and shopping process on a new lease.…

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Why customers keep coming back to your dealership

Posted by Rob Gehring on July 23, 2014 at 9:11am 0 Comments

Greetings Friends,   

 

The price of your services is not what keeps your customers coming back to your dealership. It is the amount of care you give them. When we are directed by the discounted price alone, we are developing the wrong kind of culture.

 

Click the link below to find out how to develop a caring culture in your dealership.

 …

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6 Infallible Ways to Earn Respect

BY GEOFFREY JAMES ~ Edited by I.C. Collins

There's no management tool more important than respect. Here's how to make sure you're getting it.

Business may be all about money, but the currency that's traded inside every organization is respect.

If you command respect, people listen when you talk and take action when asked. If you don't command respect, well, everyone's just laughing behind your back.

Contrary to popular…

‘Google My Business’ Is Improving How Local Automotive Dealerships Understand and Connect with Customers

Google has announced its new streamlined approach for businesses to easily manage their digital presence within Google’s search engine, Google+ and Google Maps . This new update offers businesses one logical dashboard where they can easily manage and update information such as their address, phone numbers, store hours, etc., as well as share content and photos, and read and respond directly to reviews.

Google My Business also includes the ability…

Are You Committed To Your Future

We love the stories of the average person who gets in the automotive sales industry and makes $100,000 their first year.

The problem is these stories and these individuals are the exception, not the rule.

They end up reinforcing the "get rich quick" easy money mentality. A newbie starts and after a week or two starts questioning why he isn't making a "boatload" of money yet.

He's frustrated because he's made the exceptional, rare case…

Buyers are Liars. 17 Fibs that Buyers Tell

"Buyers are Liars" is a favorite phrase of a Sales VP I know, and she's RIGHT! (Here's a funny article  from a posting on Motor Trends Blog)

One afternoon I upped (approached) a man in the Trucks Department. I'll call him Mr. Hawthorne. He was wandering around with his son, looking at the brand-new Gargantuan Crew Cabs. He told me he was just killing time while his oil was being changed.…

6 Tips to Auditing Your Business’s PPC Campaigns

Whether you’re building your own PPC campaigns or working with a PPC vendor or agency, it’s important for business owners to understand how to evaluate their AdWords campaigns. To help you ensure you’re getting the most out of your campaign, and provide some guidelines to assess your efforts, here are the six most important steps of conducting a PPC audit:

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Buyers are Liars. 17 Fibs that Buyers Tell

Started by Mike Elliott in Sales Forum. Last reply by Chris Spensley on Monday. 1 Reply

"Buyers are Liars" is a favorite phrase of a Sales VP I know, and she's RIGHT! (Here's a funny article  from a posting on Motor Trends Blog)One afternoon I upped (approached) a man in the Trucks Department. I'll call him Mr. Hawthorne. He was wandering around with his son, looking at the brand-new Gargantuan Crew Cabs. He told me he was just killing time while his oil was being changed. We started to chat and the next thing you know we're test-driving a new truck. Mr. Hawthorne really seemed to…Continue

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‘Google My Business’ Is Improving How Local Automotive Dealerships Understand and Connect with Customers

Started by Mike Elliott in Social Media and Reputation Management. Last reply by Mike Elliott yesterday. 2 Replies

Google has announced its new streamlined approach for businesses to easily manage their digital presence within Google’s search engine, Google+ and Google Maps . This new update offers businesses one logical dashboard where they can easily manage and update information such as their address, phone numbers, store hours, etc., as well as share content and photos, and read and respond directly to reviews.Google My Business also includes the ability to access Google+ Insights reports, which have…Continue

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6 Infallible Ways to Earn Respect

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience yesterday. 0 Replies

BY GEOFFREY JAMES ~ Edited by I.C. CollinsThere's no management tool more important than respect. Here's how to make sure you're getting it.Business may be all about money, but the currency that's traded inside every organization is respect.If you command respect, people listen when you talk and take action when asked. If you don't command respect, well, everyone's just laughing behind your back.Contrary to popular belief, a fancy job title never commands respect. In fact, there are six, and…Continue

FEAR Has Two Meanings

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by IC. Collins on Saturday. 2 Replies

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™FEAR Has Two MeaningsF ~ Forget E ~ Everything A ~ And R ~ Run~ OR ~F ~ Face E ~ Everything A ~ And R ~ RiseThe Choice Is Yours..!!What do you think? Is this something you can benefit from or do you have a few tricks up your sleeve that are just as powerful? Make your voice heard by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to hit the share button if you know others who will find this post…Continue

Are You Committed To Your Future

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by DealerELITE 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

We love the stories of the average person who gets in the automotive sales industry and makes $100,000 their first year.The problem is these stories and these individuals are the exception, not the rule.They end up reinforcing the "get rich quick" easy money mentality. A newbie starts and after a week or two starts questioning why he isn't making a "boatload" of money yet.He's frustrated because he's made the exceptional, rare case his yardstick, instead of learning the truth about how much…Continue

Are Your Sales Reps Responding Fast Enough?

Started by Elizabeth Ayala in Dealer Forum 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

Autofusion has a solution! Several in fact - TextExpress allows clients and potential buyers to text your dealership, tracks the conversation, and pushes all data into the CRM. Finally, you can communicate the way your buyers do.The second is our LeadVault quick response system that we use in the office. When a lead form is filled out, I get a text message on my cell with a link to claim the lead. If I am the first rep to click the link, I receive the lead details and I can call, text, or email…Continue

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Different Estimates: On The Spot

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience on Friday. 0 Replies

When it comes to automotive sales, consumers have been socialized into thinking they must get at least three estimates before making a buying decision. But what if those three estimates came from you? And what if they were delivered in such a compelling, meaningful way that the prospect felt comfortable giving you their business right then?Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™Not only is this scenario possible, it’s central to a…Continue

Never give up

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience yesterday. 0 Replies

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™"Never give up on what you really want to do. The Person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts."~ Albert EinsteinWhat do you think? Is this something you can benefit from or do you have a few tricks up your sleeve that are just as powerful? Make your voice heard by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to hit the share button if you know others who will find this…Continue

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Porsche announces four flavors of updated Cayenne

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The new Macan may be getting all the attention lately, but Porsche hasn't forgotten about its larger crossover - the one that put it on the map in 2002 and on the road to profitability, with over half a million sold so far. So to keep the Cayenne at the top of its game, Porsche has announced several key upgrades for the 2015.

For starters, Porsche has updated the Cayenne's appearance with new front- and rear-end styling. The front bumper, fenders and hood are entirely new, with air fins flanking the nose to direct air into the intercoolers (each model now being artificially aspirated), and new bi-xenon headlamps and daytime running LEDs on every model but the Turbo, which goes all-LED. Around back there's also new taillights, tailgate handle, lower rear fascia and exhaust pipes. Meanwhile the interior has been upgraded with a 918-derived sport steering wheel and reformed rear seats with available ventilation.

The bigger news is under the engine bay, where Porsche is offering four choices. The base model is gone as the range starts with the Cayenne Diesel, followed by the Cayenne S, the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo. The Diesel model carries over the same 3.0-liter turbo diesel with 240 horsepower. The Cayenne S however packs a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that's similar to the one found in the Macan Turbo and packs the same 406 lb-ft of torque but more power at 420 hp, 20 more than either its little brother or the model it replaces to reach 62 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid makes Porsche the world's only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models.


Porsche has also ported over the powertrain from the Panamera S E-Hybrid to make what Porsche refers to as "the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment" and, along with the 918 Spyder, make it (almost unbelievably) "the world's only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models" (unless, of course, you count the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera as separate from the Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR). The system mates a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 333 hp to an electric motor with 95 hp to give it a combined output of 416 hp (more than the diesel and almost as much as the S) to propel it to 62 in 5.4 seconds, hit an all-electric top speed of 78 mph and an all-out top speed of 151 mph - offering a substantial improvement over the previous Cayenne S Hybrid.

Those in search of all-out performance at whatever cost, however, will be most intrigued by the Cayenne Turbo that carries over the same 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 but now with 520 hp and 553 lb-ft. That's just about half-way to the power output of the outgoing Turbo S and just as much torque, for a 0-62 time of 4.2 seconds (4.1 with the optional Sport Chrono package) - which ought to make enthusiasts (at least those not turned off entirely by the notion of a Porsche crossover) miss the GTS and Turbo S a little bit less until those new versions arrive as well.

Pricing starts at $61,700 for the Cayenne Diesel, $74,100 for the Cayenne S, $76,400 for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and a whopping $113,600 for the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo - representing an increase of a few grand for each, before the $995 destination charge. Scope out the full details in the press release below.

Porsche announces four flavors of updated Cayenne originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Suburban Collection has acquired two more Michigan dealerships: BMW of Ann Arbor and Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor. The two dealerships were acquired from Sonic Automotive for an undisclosed amount.

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