Rob Gehring
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  • Huron, OH
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  • Fixed Performance Inc
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Fixed Operations Consultants Needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by NANCY SIMMONS Apr 11, 2012. 1 Reply

       Due to rapid growth we are in need of additional fixed operations consultants. Please email resume for consideration to tereash@fixedperformance.comContinue

 

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Read the Directions

Many things today require assembly when you buy them and include a package of individual parts such as nuts and bolts. Included in this package is printed information call directions that give step-by-step assembly instructions that should produce the assembled product without much effort. Recently I purchased some outdoor chairs with a table well-placed in the middle of them. The factory did pre-assemble every…See More
Sep 13
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The Real Parts Profit

Most dealers are bottom line performance individuals and start there when reviewing a financial statement. Parts Departments have some interesting considerations that should be understood when reviewing their financial performance. Many dealerships don’t utilize G&A accounting that separates General Management, Dealer, and office personnel into a separate account. I prefer this separation when analyzing the…See More
Sep 7
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Become Bulletproof

New car sales across the country have been declining with many dealerships starting to feel the heat from sales departments seeing reduced performance. Fixed operations have become critical and dealerships look for ways to improve returns from their service, parts, and body shops. The fact is, I believe fixed operations are critical in good times and bad times as customers that are well cared for return to purchase their next…See More
Aug 30
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Complaint Department

Recently I was at a grocery store deli to pick up my wife’s favorite cheese and learned a lesson about customer care and complaints. There was one employee in the Department cleaning the sink and a customer was patiently waiting ahead of me. I asked if she had been helped yet which caught the attention of the employee. She said no and obviously when asked I informed the employee she was ahead of me. The customer asked…See More
Aug 23
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Keep Going

As our company Fixed Performance enters into its 15th year helping dealerships improve their fixed operations as its founder I have to reminisce. I recall starting out without a single client and no recognition to having a wait list and traveling around on a private plane for my visits. Nobody in the car business can forget 2008 and 2009 when dealerships didn’t even know if they would have the ability to order a…See More
Aug 2
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Williams Texaco

When I was a kid growing up in Wooster Ohio, my father always fueled up his car at Williams Texaco. The station was right down the street from where we lived and it had service, I am willing to bet most dealerships would love to have. We would always be greeted at the pump promptly where they would wash our windshield, check tire pressure, pop the hood and check every fluid level including fan belt condition.…See More
Jul 26
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Unanswered Questions

It doesn’t matter if you are in management or a staff member on a team so many have unanswered questions. One example of is a large majority of general managers for car dealerships come from a sales background. They are experts when it comes to selling cars and are very good at their trade. However, their fixed operations experience is very little and develops questions that go unanswered. They might…See More
Jun 21
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Recruiting Technicians

Finding and retaining quality technicians has become an issue across the country with an immediate need for over 30,000 additional positions available. The amount of new technicians going into the field is low while technicians leaving or retiring is growing dramatically. Technician recruitment has become critical with shops scheduling customers further into the future with available appointments.…See More
Jun 7
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Do This for You

Often I discuss leadership skills, culture, and processes that assure the success of individuals and dealerships. Today we will look at something that involves all three of these in a unique fashion.  Everyone has a leadership characteristic that others would be able to see and define in them. This could be an employee or a family member that recognizes the characteristic. A friend of mine who has…See More
May 31
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Expect to Lose

One of the things I have learned about life is there will be times of great loss. You won’t get the job or promotion. You might face an illness with a family member, coworker or even yourself. You might struggle financially and be challenged every week as you try to pay your bills and meet your commitments. You might even lose a big game like the Cleveland Cavaliers did Sunday night when everyone…See More
May 24
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May 24
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It’s an Idea

All progress starts with an idea. Industry titans such as Henry Ford or Thomas Edison both started with an idea. The idea centers on an individual observing a need and thinking through a solution that would solve it. Although there is never guarantee in every idea being successful. It is essential to understand without processing an idea there will never be progress. I have had ideas that I thought…See More
Apr 19
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Speaking the Same Language

This morning at breakfast I noticed a group of three individuals at the table next to me were speaking French. I naturally wondered what brought them to the United States and the town I was staying in however, that didn’t matter. It did intrigue me however, after a little thought I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. This is the battle that is often faced in our daily lives. The fact is we…See More
Apr 6
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Speaking the Same Language

This morning at breakfast I noticed a group of three individuals at the table next to me were speaking French. I naturally wondered what brought them to the United States and the town I was staying in however, that didn’t matter. It did intrigue me however, after a little thought I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. This is the battle that is often faced in our daily lives. The fact is we…See More
Apr 5
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Warranty Parts Pricing

The “New” Law Of The Land! As long as I can remember warranty parts prices were calculated by taking dealer cost and adding 40% markup. Now in many states laws exist that have forced the manufacturer to compensate dealerships at retail pricing. This new law almost doubles the gross profit from warranty parts sales. My experience with this new law is interesting as it illustrates the true nature of a…See More
Mar 29
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Because I Said So

When I was a child growing up I used to challenge every order issued by Mom or Dad with a simple question why. I’m not certain I ever received a detailed description of why I should perform a task that they asked me to do, however the response was always the same. Because I said so, now just go ahead and do it. A sign of a good leader is they understand coaching an individual should include the…See More
Mar 22

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How Can I Help?

Posted on October 11, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I have watched countless presentations from dealers who want a change from their employees. Generally, these discussions don’t go well and the tone of the dealer is one of superiority that controls the conversation and doesn’t ask for input. Their authority is never in question and I am confident all of…

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What’s your worth?

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Today I spent some time reflecting after the tragedy in Vegas where hundreds were injured and many lost their life. They went to a concert to have a good time and their lives changed instantly affecting not only them but their families and friends. I live my life in a manner that isn’t focused on money or what’s in it for me…

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Be Amazing

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Most productive people set goals for themselves they want to achieve. No matter what position you hold in life at some point customer care comes into play. Customers can be irritated and rude to anyone attempting to take care of them. Many trainers spend a lot of time working…
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The Great Advisor

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Recently I was training an advisor that told me he wants to be great. It challenged my thinking so I thought it would be interesting to write down some thoughts on being a great advisor. Most would say this is a numbers business and great would mean incredible numbers. The most common question I receive is how do I get those…

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Trainer
What company do you work for (or own)?
Fixed Performance Inc
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president owner
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http://fixedperformance.com
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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fixed-Performance-Inc/184451324906804
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Chris Saraceno
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I work with car dealerships to improve fixed operations customer care and profits. Fixed coverage is the key for the dealerships of today to prosper in the future. Retaining customers through a wonderful customer experance in service sells more cars as a bonus!

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At 9:10am on January 20, 2011, Bruce M said…

Rob,

Good to see you on dealerELITE.net.  Thanks for the great information and safe traveling!

B

 
 
 

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