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Used No Illusion: Used-Car Values Mostly Unaffected by Recalls

Every time we see someone in a Chevy Cobalt, we resist the urge to ask them if they’ve made plans to sell it. As it turns out, those folks might still receive a decent return, as owners of these recalled cars—and many other models with highly publicized problems—aren’t dumping them en masse.According to a report from …See More
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The Art of the Trade-in Walkaround

The Art of the Trade-in Walkaround – Setting Realistic Expectations with Customers.Most customers looking to trade in a car bring to the dealership unrealistic expectations about the value of their trade-in.Experts believe the Automotive Sales Consultant is the best person at the dealership to manage the customers’ expectations of the value of their trade. And, sales consultants can best help customers arrive at a more realistic number – one fair and acceptable to both customer and dealer -- by…See More
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Are you executing your processes??? How can you make sure that the processes you have throughout the dealership are executed every time….. and with every customer?This has been and still remains one of the toughest things to get accomplished in the dealership.Every dealership throughout the country has their own processes and procedures when it comes to selling and servicing their customers.Every dealership has…See More
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How NOT to Blog, post and share content

Most of us know the value of online content, and so many who are not trained writers or editors are straying into the area of blog posting and sharing of others' Web content. Much of it is informational and shared by industry experts, which helps us all.Some, however, are doing so in a way that violates others' rights and might even land them in court. A professional writer / author / blogger friend of mine was recently the victim of this, with his work not only reprinted without permission but…See More
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Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company that came highly recommended…See More
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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your store.When we say…See More
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How to Defend Against the Conquest

It's as cliche as it comes. The best defense is a good offense. The best offense is a good defense. We've heard it a dozen times in different contexts, not the least of which are sporting events like football. As strange as it may seem, the saying has its most profound meaning when it pertains to car dealers.Everyone in the…See More
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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your store.When we say…See More
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Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company that came highly recommended…See More
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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.

Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your…

How NOT to Blog, post and share content

Most of us know the value of online content, and so many who are not trained writers or editors are straying into the area of blog posting and sharing of others' Web content. Much of it is informational and shared by industry experts, which helps us all.

Some, however, are doing so in a way that violates others' rights and might even land them in court. A professional writer / author / blogger friend of mine was recently the victim of this, with his work not only reprinted without…

Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.

I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company…

"Just Looking"...even managers have defense mechanisms

Two years ago while looking for a new digital marketing home I penned this blog post based on my observations visiting prospective employers.  Though I am happily nestled in a progressive and healthy wonderland right now, I find the points that I raise still very relevant in today's automotive digital marketing world:

Any good salesperson knows that the last way you want to greet a customer is with the words,…

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How to Defend Against the Conquest

Posted by Jon Lamb on August 31, 2014 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

It's as cliche as it comes. The best defense is a good offense. The best offense is a good defense. We've heard it a dozen times in different contexts, not the least of which are sporting events like football. As strange as it may seem, the saying has its most profound meaning when it pertains to car…

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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

Posted by Anne Fleming on August 31, 2014 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.

Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your…

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How NOT to Blog, post and share content

Posted by Sharon Hill on August 31, 2014 at 1:36pm 0 Comments

Most of us know the value of online content, and so many who are not trained writers or editors are straying into the area of blog posting and sharing of others' Web content. Much of it is informational and shared by industry experts, which helps us all.

Some, however, are doing so in a way that violates others' rights and might even land them in court. A professional writer / author / blogger friend of mine was recently the victim of this, with his work not only reprinted without…

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Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

Posted by JD Rucker on August 31, 2014 at 5:12am 0 Comments

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.

I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company…

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What's More Important Than Open Rates?

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Your emails have…

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"Just Looking"...even managers have defense mechanisms

Posted by Jeff Novak on August 29, 2014 at 1:13pm 3 Comments

Two years ago while looking for a new digital marketing home I penned this blog post based on my observations visiting prospective employers.  Though I am happily nestled in a progressive and healthy wonderland right now, I find the points that I raise still very relevant in today's automotive digital marketing world:

Any good salesperson knows that the last way you want to greet a customer is with the words,…

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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: August 23 - 29

Posted by Lisandra Ramos on August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 Happy Friday, Auto Dealers! As always, ActivEngage has the top 10 most interesting automotive articles from around the web --RIGHT HERE!

In this week’s post you’ll learn why you might be annoying your sales leads, what space station droplet tests could mean for the auto industry, and much more! Check them out!

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6 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty

LOYALTY MARKETING / By Rocket Post

What would you rather do—keep spending precious time and money trying to draw in new customers OR foster a long-lasting relationship with the ones you have? Though running any business requires a bit of both, focusing on your current clients is a huge part of setting your business apart. It’s always enticing to chase bigger accounts and pursue new consumers, but building customer loyalty is a great way to keep your company thriving for years…

25 Sales Tips for Selling More Cars

Whether you are new to the car business and selling cars for a living or you have been doing it for years these car sales tips will help you sell more cars and make more commissions. Selling cars to the public is not like any other retail job and not everyone is cut out to be a car salesperson. Some people may already have some of the skills needed to be successful and others can learn what they need to know to become more successful.

These sales tips and…

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I've just reported to the management of this site the personal abuse I was subjected to in one discussion here recently. I find it a privilege to be a part of this group and with only one exception so far everyone has been cordial, thoughtful, helpful, and on-topic. But I'd like to just remind the few who might need it, of the simple rules of this community:


- Be polite and courteous to each other
- Do not…

5 Signs Your Employees Dislike You BY JAYSON DEMERS

Your goal as a manager isn't to be each employee's best friend, but it also isn't to be feared and reviled. Here are a few outward signs that may indicate your employees see you as a bad boss.


In addition to all of your achievements, you're sure that you're also a great boss. After all, your leadership skills have helped you climb the ladder of success. But some of the world's top companies succeed in spite of poor leadership, with businesses prevailing…

Forecasters predict 4 more robust years for car sales

Acme, Mich.— U.S. auto sales will remain healthy for the next four years, economists said Tuesday.

Speaking at a panel on the second day of the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars, forecasters predicted about 17 million new cars and trucks will be sold annually in the coming years, a number that should remain consistent through 2018 as consumer confidence improves and buyers look to replace old cars.

“I think today, things are going generally…

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25 Sales Tips for Selling More Cars

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by IC. Collins on Thursday. 4 Replies

Whether you are new to the car business and selling cars for a living or you have been doing it for years these car sales tips will help you sell more cars and make more commissions. Selling cars to the public is not like any other retail job and not everyone is cut out to be a car salesperson. Some people may already have some of the skills needed to be successful and others can learn what they need to know to become more successful.These sales tips and advice touch briefly on the different…Continue

The 5 Biggest Reasons the Wrong People Get Hired

Started by Mike Elliott in OTHER - Does Not Fit Any Predefined Category Aug 26. 0 Replies

Here's an excellent article from Lou Adler of the Adler Group. He has some great insights for anyone involved in the hiring process.Based on thousands of candidate interviews and leading training programs with more than ten thousand recruiters and hiring managers, there is no doubt the wrong person, not the best person, is often the one hired. Here’s why:Managers define the person before defining the job. Here’s a …Continue

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Can't Fly

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members on Thursday. 0 Replies

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant If you can't fly, then run,if you can't run, then walk,if you can't walk, then crawl,but whatever you do,you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr. 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…Continue

Used No Illusion: Used-Car Values Mostly Unaffected by Recalls

Started by Mike Elliott in Used Car Forum 44 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Every time we see someone in a Chevy Cobalt, we resist the urge to ask them if they’ve made plans to sell it. As it turns out, those folks might still receive a decent return, as owners of these recalled cars—and many other models with highly publicized problems—aren’t dumping them en masse.According to a report from …Continue

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6 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty

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

LOYALTY MARKETING / By Rocket PostWhat would you rather do—keep spending precious time and money trying to draw in new customers OR foster a long-lasting relationship with the ones you have? Though running any business requires a bit of both, focusing on your current clients is a huge part of setting your business apart. It’s always enticing to chase bigger accounts and pursue new consumers, but building customer loyalty is a great way to keep your company thriving for years to come. You might…Continue

What Every Major Car Name Actually Means

Started by Mike Elliott in OTHER - Does Not Fit Any Predefined Category on Friday. 0 Replies

Have you ever wondered what the name of your car means or maybe how manufacturers come up with names? After all, we say names like Camry, Miata and Passat without pausing to think if those names have a meaning. Turns out almost every car name has some significance that can be grouped into 12 categories.Our study looked at 215 models, but there were exclusions. We left out…Continue

Tags: management, dealership, names, car

Make a Lasting Impression in Under 5 Minutes: 14 Ideas

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

BY YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR COUNCIL Use these 14 tips to ensure your business card is the least likely to end up in the trash can. Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantMost entrepreneurs expect to find themselves at networking and industry events at least a few times per calendar year, if not per month. But far too many promising conversations turn into one-sided pitches punctuated with a business card. Before you head out to your next…Continue

Happy Labor Day

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

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Are these the world's worst speed bumps?

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Speed Bumps in Palm Bay

If you ask a lot of driving enthusiasts, they'll tell you that speed bumps are annoying across the board. Most community organizations, however, would argue the opposite. And as with so many other things, the most effective and mutually tolerable path lies somewhere in the middle. But that middle ground is a big area. Some speed bumps are more tolerable - or more effective - than others, but striking a balance between safely slowing down vehicles and not rattling them into an early repair shop visit can sometimes be tough.

This 41-second video appears to favor one side of the aforementioned balance pretty distinctly over the other. It depicts a set of five speed bumps to slow any traffic down to an absolute crawl... and a bouncing one at that. Though we don't know exactly where it was shot, it appears to have emerged from Florida. (The mail truck tells us it's in the United States, the absence of front plates narrows it down to one of 19 states, the weather and vegetation hint at the southeast and that truck in the first frame seems to belong to a landscaping company in Palm Bay, FL.) Wherever these humps were installed though, it strikes us as the local community going a little overboard.

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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August

Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, car manufacturers' association Anfac said.

French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand

French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by gains at Skoda.

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Launch of Imperial Wax, the New Name Within the Car Care Industry

SOUTHAMPTON, England, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imperial Wax is proud to announce the release of a new range of cutting-edge car care products. Imperial Wax came about when two highly respected brands, Waxtec and Car-Skin, joined forces with a vision to create a definitive range...

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http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20140901/141760 DALIAN, China, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 29, a delegation of the Standing Committee of Dalian Municipal People's Congress took an inspection tour of the power lithium battery R&D and production base of China BAK Battery, Inc.

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Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent

Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store.

Elantra's new look

The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version.

The marketing move behind Buick's big year

Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image.

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