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What Automotive Retail Industry Topics Would You Love To Read About?

I am looking to get some ideas and thoughts from industry professionals about what topics you enjoy reading about.

It's no secret that many of our peers are often writing books about specific topics that are designed to help the industry. My goal is to write a book…


Added by Stan Sher on April 18, 2023 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Discipline breeds confidence

We have all had days where we walk around with what feels like electricity pulsing through our veins; we’re hitting all of the green lights, and we feel GOOD! But what about the days when we don’t feel that hot? In the automotive industry, one day, you are on top of the world, and for some reason, the next day, you feel like you went through a meat grinder.…


Added by Chris Vitale on March 1, 2023 at 10:03am — No Comments

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Added by DealerELITE on April 14, 2023 at 2:56pm — No Comments

What should be the focus of training?

When it comes to training, there are an endless number of things that you can prioritize. While the specific issues you may be facing at your dealership may be unique, there are certain things that every sales training schedule should include.


Set More Quality Appointments

Setting appointments is the lifeblood…


Added by Chris Vitale on March 7, 2023 at 12:53pm — No Comments

How to Get More Leads with Video

One of the major reasons to implement a video marketing strategy is to make more sales. But to make more sales, you need more leads, right? Video is one of the most engaging and effective methods for generating more website traffic, leads, appointments, and sales. But you can’t just post a bunch of random videos and hope for the best.  There has to…


Added by Timmy D. James on March 27, 2023 at 5:00am — No Comments

Phone Etiquette Training Every Agent Needs

Sales agents spend much of their time on the phone, so it’s important for this time to be used effectively. While some may be natural at selling, everyone can stand to have at least a little training to help them out. There are some areas of phone etiquette that you should be focusing on to help them be the most effective.




Added by Chris Vitale on March 6, 2023 at 10:58am — No Comments

Why you need Quality Assurance Training...

When you want to improve the quality of your phone calls, it can be challenging to know where to start. Even if you have standardized procedures and phone scripts, every phone agent operates a little differently. To improve outcomes, you need to know how to use quality assurance training and what some of the outcomes you should be looking for are.


What is Quality Assurance…


Added by Chris Vitale on February 23, 2023 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Who Are We

We can do many things to stand out against the competition. Quality phone skills, streamlined processes, and even an up-to-date website. Yet many of us struggle to achieve any of the above tasks. Have we ever stepped back and asked ourselves why we cannot accomplish any (or all) of the above? Sure, there's the age-old excuse of "not enough time in the day" or "we don't need that to…


Added by Chris Vitale on February 10, 2023 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Improve Your BDC Training

Many dealerships have started using a Business Development Center or BDC to bring in new business and to increase the effectiveness of the appointments that their sales agents have. If you have never used a BDC before, you may not see why it is important or if you have worked with an ineffective one, it might be frustrating to think about dealing with that. Luckily there are some things you can do with…


Added by Chris Vitale on February 14, 2023 at 8:30am — No Comments

How Call Scoring Helps Your Phone Agents Improve

One of the most important things that you need to focus on with your phone agents is making sure that they are performing up to expectations and that their phone conversations are effective. Effective calls lead to more sales, which means greater success for your dealership. One of the best ways to evaluate the success rate of these phone calls is by using call scoring. 

What is Call…


Added by Chris Vitale on February 10, 2023 at 9:07am — No Comments

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Added by DealerELITE on January 30, 2023 at 9:39am — No Comments

They Say Ignorance is Bliss. But I Find Yours Disturbing...



Let's preface this article by saying it isn't about beating anyone up. It's about offering realistic insights into the struggles we're currently facing. If we don't tackle the issues we face head-on, we're asking for a rude awakening in the coming months. For those living under a rock, according to a recent NY Times article, auto sales in 2023 will be at a…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 26, 2023 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fomo or no FOMO

Who doesn't like a nice front-end gross profit? Most of us would be lying if we said otherwise. In the last three years, things have been different, right? For the first time in years, we consistently held a healthy front-end gross profit on new vehicles. Something that seemed to be of a bygone era. Previously, we'd focus on how much we're willing to lose to hit the stair-step program from the OEM. It has been…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 25, 2023 at 9:00am — No Comments

5 Skills That Can Help Appease Difficult Phone Customers

Difficult phone customers are the most nerve-wracking thing to deal with as a sales agent or customer service representative. Even if you have years of experience, having someone get upset or yell at you can just ruin your day. Luckily, there are skills that you can develop that make these calls easier and can even help you deescalate the situation successfully. …


Added by Chris Vitale on January 21, 2023 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Who Needs a Consistent Sales Process? (hint, we all do!)

We'd be lying if we said we didn't enjoy the stint when cars drove off the lot faster than we could purchase more inventory. But as that winds down, we must ask ourselves, "are we prepared to sell cars again?" Let's be honest; in the last three years, we could easily overcome objections, and more so, we could even hold record levels of gross. But did we actually follow a sales process in this frenzy? Most will…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 18, 2023 at 10:00am — No Comments

BDC and Sales/Service Staff: There’s a difference in their phone process… but should there be?

There is nothing better than a well-oiled machine when it comes to working efficiency. On a dealership level, by that, I mean - everyone has a set of specific tasks, they focus on completing while co-workers perform separate/similar work for the greater good as well. In theory, this is the way a great business operates and succeeds. But is that truly the case when it comes to phone etiquette and process at a…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 17, 2023 at 9:00am — No Comments

What's the ideal appointment system in the shop? Service BDC or no Service BDC?

There are a few points to consider when debating on adding a service BDC. How big is your shop? What are your primary appointments being made? Are your advisors overworked, or can they handle making their own appointments? These are all important things to consider when determining whether a service BDC is right for your shop. 

A large shop should be bringing in much work. That statement alone…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 11, 2023 at 9:00am — No Comments

Did we learn anything from Carvana?

It's hard to believe that March 2020 will soon be three years behind us. Digital Retailing became more than just a call to action on our websites three years ago. Many dealers quickly responded to the pandemic by offering customers the ability to purchase their vehicles online. Or in some cases, dealers provided at-home delivery. But just because dealers offered customers the ability to purchase their…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 10, 2023 at 8:30am — No Comments

Vehicle Upgrade Personnel in the Service Drive: Benefit or Detriment?

Over the past few years, managers have been working to turn every stone in the dealership regarding opportunities. One phenomenal idea created is called an “upgrade” or “exchange” program. If you’re not up to speed, a sales associate spends time in the service lane, and their job is to speak to potential service customers and work to convert that customer to a new vehicle sale AND retain a trade from the…


Added by Chris Vitale on January 4, 2023 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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