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7 Strategies for Your Fixed Operations "Space Race"

I was thinking this morning about how rockets and Fixed Operations Customer Management are related. With all the news about the different companies striving to become the next NASA, it reminded me that we are all in a "Space Race" even though I know that the two subjects seem completely unrelated and are not even in the same Encyclopedia volume.

And I submit for your consideration that driving a rocket into space and good Customer Service…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 9, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

7 Strategies for Your Fixed Operations "Space Race"

I was thinking this morning about how rockets and Fixed Operations Customer Management are related. With all the news about the different companies striving to become the next NASA, it reminded me that we are all in a "Space Race" even though I know that the two subjects seem completely unrelated and are not even in the same Encyclopedia volume.

And I submit for your consideration that driving a rocket into space and good Customer Service…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 9, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Auto/Mate Adds Rates, Residuals and Rebates to Desk/Mate, Providing Auto Dealers with Instant Incentive Information

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ALBANY, N.Y. – December 8th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the addition of rates, residuals and rebates information to its Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS®) Desk/Mate module. Dealerships that use Auto/Mate's desking solution now have access to real-time lease rates, residuals, manufacturer…

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Added by Mike Esposito on December 8, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Social Content Examples for December 2014

Let me start off by stressing the word social, these are going to be topics, events and days of interest that you can use to be conversation pieces with people in your online communities. None will be car specific but instead topics that might stimulate two-way conversations and recognition. People are pretty smart, they know ABC Toyota sells Toyota’s, you don’t have to tell them every day.

These topics will fall into the fun section of my 4-3-2-1 Rule of Facebook Posting. Each month,…

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Added by Rob Hagen on December 8, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Unrealized Opportunities in the Used Vehicle Department

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Forgive me for saying this, but from where I now stand, it is quite apparent to me that there is way more opportunity for improving profitability than most dealership managers are aware of. I certainly know looking back on my career (and I thought I was very pro-active) that there was so much more opportunity to be realized than I was able to completely grasp at the time.

Most people agree that there is more upside potential left on the table, they are just not…

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Added by Robin Cunnigham on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Take Our Survey for a Chance to Win $400!

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems is conducting a survey on the usage of mobile tablets in the dealership. How many of you are using mobile tablets in the sales process, in the F&I process and in fixed ops? We would like to find out and we appreciate your input!

 

We're inviting all auto dealer personnel to participate. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a random drawing to win a $400 Visa gift card. In less than ten minutes--or the time it takes to finish…

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

When did you last walk through the customer entrance of your dealership and look at what is truly being experienced by the customer?

 

Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Completes Integration of its Dealership Management System with BMW of North America, LLC

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ALBANY, N.Y. – November 17th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that it has completed integration of its dealership management system, Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS), with BMW of North America's (BMWNA) DMS Data Transfer system. BMW dealers using Auto/Mate's DMS can now enjoy seamless bi-directional…

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 17, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

What Have you Done for Me Lately?

A few years ago, car dealers across the nation were caught in the net of a struggling economy. Fewer sales compounded by budget conscious customers caused many car dealerships to restructure their corporate operations, reduce staff and tighten their wallets. Many dealership owners, along with their manufacturers, were…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 6, 2014 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Auto/Mate Honored As One of The “Best Places to Work” Fifth Year In A Row By The Albany Business Review

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ALBANY, N.Y. – November 3rd, 2014 –Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) has been honored as one of the thirty “Best Places to Work” in New York State’s Capital region by the Albany Business Review. It is the fifth year in a row that Auto/Mate has received the distinction.

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 3, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Don’t Kill The Messenger

Customer complaints happen. No matter how much a business wants to provide great customer service, there are times when the dominos aren’t lined up exactly right. The chain breaks somewhere, preventing the last domino from falling. For the most part, customers understand that businesses aren’t perfect. It certainly…

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Added by sara callahan on October 29, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Announces the Successful Completion of First Annual User Summit for Auto Dealers

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ALBANY, N.Y. – October 27th, 2014 –Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced the successful completion of its first annual User Summit for auto dealers. Dealers and managers from around the country attended the summit on September 19th in Albany, NY. The User Summit was designed for Auto/Mate's dealer clients to learn the newest features of Auto/Mate's dealership management system…

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Added by Mike Esposito on October 27, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Pizza Wars Revisited

In February 2010, I wrote a blog titled “Pizza Wars: Why Auto Dealers Need to be Involved in Social Media.” I was reminded of this the other day when I saw that Domino’s Pizza earnings had surpassed Wall Street’s expectations.…

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Added by Rob Hagen on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Integrates DMS with etfile Document Management System, Streamlining Auto Dealer Workflow

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 20th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with etfile's electronic document management solution. Auto dealerships using the etfile document…

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Added by Mike Esposito on October 20, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Creating a More Predictable Work Environment

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Most Monday mornings I find myself standing in NCM Institute’s beautiful training facility in Kansas City, welcoming a new class of dealership managers who come to us for formalized training specific to their job responsibilities. Even before introductions, sometimes I will ask the class some questions:

“How many of you, when you interviewed for your first job in the car business were shown a written job description and job objectives or expectations that you would…

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Added by Robin Cunnigham on October 16, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Auto/Mate Announces Final Integration of Dealership Management System with Nissan's DCS

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 13th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (www.automate.com) announced today the final integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with Nissan's dealer communications system (DCS). The completed integration means that 100 percent of Nissan dealers using Auto/Mate's DMS are now able to communicate seamlessly with their manufacturer in parts, service, sales and accounting.

"We are pleased to be one of the DMS…

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Added by Mike Esposito on October 13, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

Customer Retention in the Service Department (Part Two)

This is the second installment in a two-part series by Steve Hall. To read Part One, click here

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This is the second installment in a …

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Added by Steve Hall on October 9, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Becomes First DMS Vendor to Replace Infinitinet and Integrate with Infiniti's new DCS

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 6, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (www.automate.com) announced today that it has become the first dealership management system (DMS) vendor to successfully install a new Infinitinet system, which replaces the legacy Infinitinet AS400 DMS and provides integration to Infiniti’s new Dealer Communications System (DCS). Infiniti dealers using Auto/Mate's DMS now enjoy a seamless communication path with their manufacturer and… Continue

Added by Mike Esposito on October 6, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Does Your Dealership C.A.R.E.S.? Part 1

Customers Always Receives Exceptional Service, that’s what I mean by CARES. Does your dealership do just what it has to do or does it go the extra mile for every single customer? These days, people are unimpressed by businesses doing just enough to get by, they want exceptional service!

Are you exceeding their expectations? Are you addressing their needs thoughtfully and in…

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Added by Rob Hagen on October 5, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Stop Doing These Five Things and People Will Stop Unliking Your Page

Losing a friend stinks; losing a client costs you money; people unliking your Facebook page is both! Historically, people have had a somewhat negative opinion of car dealers in general, and not many of them want to be friends with a dealer on Facebook. However, when you get the chance to build that relationship, that relationship that may one day lead to a sale, so don’t…

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Added by Rob Hagen on September 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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