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How to Remove Friction from the Service Drive

Does your service department software remove friction for your customers but add friction for your staff? Perhaps that is why we see so many software companies come and go in this industry.

 

With today’s transformation from a dealership-centric focus to one that is more customer-centric, technology companies are rapidly developing solutions…

Australia's Car Culture - A National Obsession, Observed

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Australia is car-crazy. Always has been. For decades, the Holden-Ford argument has actually been a major subject of discussion, and if you damage an Australian vehicle driver on anything to do with their car, you'll get your ears spoke off. Anything to do with car service is likely to produce a debate, or at least established off a few tales about the concerns.

 

The actual car culture started in the 1950s. The Baby Boom was in full speed, as well as…

Is There Any Alternative for Wipers?

Windscreen wipers have played an important role in car design and safety for more than a century, but now they are challenged with more technologically advanced water-repelling solutions. Since their first use in motor vehicles in 1916, wipers have become a common part of the car. Although very little has changed from their original design, they still have some inherent flaws that need to be addressed. Let’s look into the current state of wiper technology and…

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Effective Tips to Keep Employees Engaged and Happy in Dealership

Employee engagement means a lot in car dealership business. Engaged employees can make your business and disengaged employees can't only decrease the sales but can also lead customers' dissatisfaction and efficiency in organizational tasks. In this forum posts, I am going to tell you some effective tips to keep your employees engaged. 

  • First of all, as a boss of a car dealership business, you must need to understand the significance of employee engagement. You can read quality…

How Do You Define Management Competency?

Successful dealerships strive to recruit, hire, and retain the best-available management talent. Once that talent is on board, effective performance management processes must be in place to provide these yet-unproven (to us) managers with feedback on their work results and to ensure that they are receiving the tools and support to become high achievers. So I always ask my potential client-dealers to describe their method of evaluating the overall competence of the…

Are You Looking at This the Right Way?

When I was teaching the Sonic Dealer Academy from 2001 through 2008, my co-instructor, Steve Hallock, became famous for asking each class, “Why do you think we spend so much time talking about the Service Department? It’s because, at a 75% gross profit margin on labor sales, this department offers, by far, the greatest incentive to increase sales. That was then, and many dealership owners and managers looked at service gross potential that way.

These days, however, I’m coaching my…

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Write Service Podcast: Episode 60- Can You Embrace Change?

Posted by Jeff Cowan on February 21, 2019 at 11:30am 0 Comments

This week's podcast is a LIVE snippet from a private workshop for an Automobile Dealer's Association. Enjoy this short clip about the ability to embrace change, how it impacts your results, and what to strive for in terms of long-term success.…

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How to Remove Friction from the Service Drive

Posted by Ujj Nath on February 21, 2019 at 10:07am 0 Comments

Does your service department software remove friction for your customers but add friction for your staff?…

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Australia's Car Culture - A National Obsession, Observed

Posted by Samuel on February 20, 2019 at 11:52am 0 Comments

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Australia is car-crazy. Always has been. For decades, the Holden-Ford argument has actually been a major subject of discussion, and if you damage an Australian vehicle driver on anything to do with their car, you'll get…

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Is There Any Alternative for Wipers?

Posted by Tyler Newport on February 20, 2019 at 4:58am 0 Comments

Windscreen wipers have played an important role in car design and safety for more than a century, but now they are challenged with more technologically advanced water-repelling solutions. Since their first use in…

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Auto Dealerships See Avg. 20% Rise in Profits Under DOWC

Posted by John Sternal on February 19, 2019 at 12:35pm 0 Comments

According to Protective Asset Protection, it is estimated that auto dealers leveraging a Dealer-Owned Warranty Company structure to sell F&I products are seeing a 20% lift in profits on average for F&I…

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Depreciation Rates Improve

Posted by Black Book on February 19, 2019 at 10:44am 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. …

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Our Advice for New Salespeople

Posted by Damian Boudreaux on February 19, 2019 at 9:49am 0 Comments

In our video series…

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Getting Your Car Restored to Its Original Shine

Posted by Simon Hopes on February 19, 2019 at 6:17am 0 Comments

Some of us may have had all good intentions of looking after our car when we first bought it. We even cleaned and waxed our car when we first bought it. However, weather, work, and our social lives as well as family commitments can quickly…

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Males's Socks - Picking Design and Comfort

Posted by Daniel Ross on February 17, 2019 at 3:35pm 0 Comments

The most fundamental of all men's devices, and the one utilized for convenience as well as style is the humble sock. Socks assist take in sweat and also safeguard the feet from frostbite, as well as additionally offer an interesting appearance to…

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Free Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

Posted by Samuel on February 16, 2019 at 6:13am 0 Comments

Photoshop is an impressive piece of software, but it comes with quite a high price. If you're an enthusiast or freelancer on a budget plan, there are a number of totally free alternatives…
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Google Launches Auto Insurance Comparison Tool

Started by Mike Elliott in Automotive Industry Future - Predictions. Last reply by Reynalda Lor Sep 3, 2018. 1 Reply

With the growing popularity of care share programs, self-driving technology could be a game changer for urban traffic systems. A new study looks at how the Swedish capital's transport grid could be transformed. A fleet of shared self-driving cars in…Continue

Tags: care, self-driving, cars, autonomous

What about the other 90%

Started by Lizelle Landino in OTHER - Does Not Fit Any Predefined Category. Last reply by Les Gusky Aug 6, 2018. 1 Reply

How do you maximize your website and website traffic to the fullest? Spending so many ad dollars and funds to acquire website traffic is such a investment for dealers.  Let's say you are awesome and your website traffic converts "at best" at 10%,…Continue

Tags: Conversion, In-Market-Shoppers, Retention

You know you work for a bad dealership when . . . .

Started by Mark Dubis in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Tim Pendergast Jul 19, 2018. 89 Replies

We all know many dealers still make money the old fashioned way, in spite of themselves. If we want to attract top notch professionals to our industry we need to be able to quickly identify attributes of the poorly managed and not employee focused…Continue

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Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?

Started by Bobby Compton in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Willis Williams Oct 18, 2013. 87 Replies

Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?I've found that there are different environments, climates and demographics that call for traditional advertising! Although Social Media is on the move and in my opinion will be sooner than…Continue

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Do women make better Car salespeople?

Started by aaron kominsky in Women in the Auto Industry. Last reply by Ben Misra May 6, 2014. 77 Replies

What  characteristics differentiate  the differences between a woman vs a man in selling autombiles  in today's marketplace?Continue

CRM advice needed, Small VW Dealership in Northwestern Pa

Started by Andrew Kappler in Dear Abby (dealerELITE) - Advice Needed. Last reply by Michael Robinson Ragsdale Mar 21, 2012. 72 Replies

   I am currently needing advice with regards to CRM software for our dealership, we have something sort of close but very antiquated, that said, I thought that I understood the functionality of said software however I may have been sort of blind to…Continue

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Autotrader, Cars.com, what is your favorite 3rd party lead provider?

Started by Robert Hildreth in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by MANNY LUNA Sep 27, 2011. 58 Replies

We have agreements with about everyone....had a terrible experience with Carsdirect 72 leads 0 sales...and customers seem to use it as a wish lists...for new or used...not to mention I hate that they have a site to tell me how much I should be…Continue

Tags: Dealix, Carsdirect, Cars.com, KBB, Zag

Finish this Sentence.....

Started by NANCY SIMMONS in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Justin Wade Bagwell Aug 13, 2011. 58 Replies

If I was a new dealer opening up a new car dealership today, I would...............Continue

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