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Aren't You Getting Just a Little Sick and tired of these Weaklings Telling You that You Can't make a Profit on Car Sales Today?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Drommond Dec 12, 2013. 16 Replies

This is typical, one of the most profitable Chevy dealerships in the country said this... April 1st, 2011Marc Heitz Chevrolet1221 Ed Noble ParkwayNorman, Oklahoma 73073(405) 321-7021To Jim…Continue

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My Latest Article is Out in Dealer Magazine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bobby Compton Oct 18, 2010. 4 Replies

This article has a lot of controversy, especially the title article... "Prophets of Low Profit" ...Let me know your opinions on what is happening here in our industry? …Continue

Why Grant Cardone's Employees Should be Ashamed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Richards Aug 2, 2010. 8 Replies

 mass email sent today to manyFrom: GRANT CARDONE [mailto:grant@grantcardone.com] Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:29 PMTo: Brock AllenSubject: Books for Votes   Help get me 25 votes today and…Continue

A Throwback to the Seventies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Shaughnessy Jul 31, 2010. 4 Replies

The following comes from a guy who hasn't been seen working deals in a dealership since 1991 (or earlier)Grant Cardone here,I need your last little bit of help here.......I know you are finishing the…Continue


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Ron Rozier commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Is The Road to the Sale Obsolete? by Jim Ziegler
"Thank you for that accurate and well informed article. I am glad to meet someone that feels the same way I do. Most the teckies out there think that I am against technology and I am not, in fact I have always embraced it. However their version of…"
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Is The Road to the Sale Obsolete? by Jim Ziegler

Is The Road to the Sale Obsolete?A lot of conversation these days by 'New Age' - 'Next Gen' - car people saying the 'Old School' sales processes are no longer valid with today's consumers.Just the reference to the term  'Old School Car Guy' is an insult designed to  conjure up mental images of an extinct Mastodon being sucked down into the tar pits after eating the last brown shriveled leaves off of the trees. The hidden message in these terms is that you're stupid and we're smart... an…See More
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"Thank you all -  all fascinating insights. "Old-school" is a "left-handed compliment". (insult)  that assumes someone got stuck in time with sales fundamentals and does not understand the "wide world web" --…"
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"RE: "Is it any wonder the sales department is always amazed when the Finance Manager repeatedly 'bumps' the customer after they thought they had all the money. Perhaps, processes and training had something to do with…"
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Zachary Dunn @YourAutoGuyZach commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post CARCODE SMS, IS THIS EDMUNDS DIRTY TEXT CAPER?
"Jerry's is very nice! Install a widget on your website for texting. You can text back videos, pictures, etc. You can round robin them within a group. Have a local number, toll free number, etc. It's all kept in a crm for full access by…"
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James A. Ziegler commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post CARCODE SMS, IS THIS EDMUNDS DIRTY TEXT CAPER?
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"What other texting Apps and Programs are available for dealers offered by more reputable and trustworthy companies? (strictly my opinion of Edmunds that they are neither reputable, honorable, nor trustworthy, I could be wrong but I doubt that.…"
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IF You act like Forrest Gump, and your grammar and spelling sounds like Forrest Gump wrote it; don’t be surprised when people call you Forrest Gump.

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This may generate some sparks, but; it is the way I see it and the way I teach it and the way I do it in the real-world. 


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At 10:15pm on December 22, 2011, Keith Shetterly said…

I can guarantee you this:  Had Jim Ziegler trained anyone at TrueCar about how to sell to a customer, TrueCar would not have led their charge to THEIR DEALER CUSTOMERS--here and elsewhere--with condescension and belittling.  When you pat this retail vertical's people on the head like we "just don't understand", careful with your manicured had or you're going to get bit.  You go get'em, Jim:  Over 60,000 page views total across all these blogs, the two main ones approaching 35,000 alone.  Another thing Jim would've taught you is how to manage your social media presence with your custmers.  Well, he's giving you a lesson now, free.  I think you're about to get the bill from someone else, though... And, one more thing:  Does TrueCar's access to the 5,000 dealers DMS automatically make them AutoNation stores, data-wise?  I guess Group One didn't want to take that chance.

At 6:30pm on December 22, 2011, Michael Timmons said…

I appreciate your point of view but to say I am not honorable says more about you than me. Then again, if I was making $1500 a head to train salespeople I may feel threatened too.

Happy Holidays

At 6:03pm on December 22, 2011, Michael Timmons said…

I am not thrilled with your attack on TRUECar......... but I love your passion!!

At 9:47am on October 7, 2011, Bob Swartz said…
great seeing you here even though I owned three Saturn Dealerships and watched you tear us up for years......................... guess we showed you and closed :) Hope you are well.
At 4:02pm on September 7, 2011, pascalina derek said…
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At 12:17pm on August 10, 2011, Pete Grimm said…
Thanks, Jim. I'm having fun contributing and joining in the discussions. As always, I enjoy reading your posts. Your posts are what drew me to the site. Cheers, Pete.
At 5:57am on July 15, 2011, Tony Sutton said…

Hi James, in Moscow so not picking up messages as often as I should, the responses must give you great encouragement, still looking forward to the next edition.


At 12:14pm on July 14, 2011, Billy Wayne Jenkins said…
Thanks Alpha Dawg
At 3:47pm on July 13, 2011, Naomi R. Heckler said…
Hi Jim,
I am so happy to see you here. What do you think about Ford's new program Dealer Parts Advantage. They are being very tight lipped about it so I do not have all the information, but I can say it is a Win Win for Ford but Not for the Dealers.
At 9:17am on July 7, 2011, Lizelle Landino said…
Haha! That was unreal!! Had to check my location in the universe there for a sec!

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