All Blog Posts Tagged 'General' (48)

Do vendors appreciate your business?

I wanted to share a story with you all that happened recently. So many times when working in an industry, we forget to look at the best practices of other industries and how we can apply them to our chosen professions.


My wife recently got hooked on blenders and purchased one that, after six months, did not perform to her satisfaction. I was promptly informed that we needed to upgrade. I did not fully understand why we needed to do this and the product she selected…


Added by Simon Smith on May 3, 2012 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Why is GM an Overprotective Parent

Why does GM think they have to be so involved? They are like that friends parents in high school that are WAY too involved. Just get out of our way and let us sell some cars. I can't help but think that a majority of dealers have to be smarter than they let on to be. With GM buying Google ad words, and making us compete against ourselves, forcing us to have a Cobalt site, and now taking over our Yelp, Google…


Added by Jason Mitchell on February 15, 2012 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto – How Citizens Fought for the American Dream


May 14 and 15, 2009 – two days in which Chrysler and General Motors, with the help of the government, literally stole the life’s work from nearly 2,000 business owners.


Two years later, the history from the dealers’ perspective of those days are hitting the bookstores. And they are must reads for anyone associated with the automotive retail industry.


The first book out this…


Added by Cliff Banks on October 18, 2011 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

How Important is the Facility to the Sale?

This week, two American luxury brands, Lincoln and Cadillac, began rolling out facility redesign initiatives, at significant expense for their dealers.


The question is, do facility redesigns help dealers sell more vehicles?


Ford Motor Co. began talking to its Lincoln dealers last year about the investment they would have to make in their stores if they wanted to continue selling Lincolns. A meeting last week in Detroit with approximately 120 Lincoln dealers…


Added by Cliff Banks on June 17, 2011 at 6:42am — 6 Comments

Dealers Keeping $7,500 Tax Credit for the Volt?

Apparently, some  dealers are keeping the $7,500 tax credit provided by the federal government for buying a new Volt. The practice is creating a little bit of heartache for GM.


I say, apparently, because of a report earlier this week in the National Legal and Policy Center seems to indicate it might be happening.


In a New York Times blog…


Added by Cliff Banks on June 2, 2011 at 12:18pm — No Comments

GMAC Again?

A Look forward – But First a Look Back

So here we all sit watching General Motors make another bold move. But first before we talk about the latest and greatest let’s look back. Years ago GM sold off the GMAC unit to a third party. The proverbial cash cow is…


Added by MANNY LUNA on February 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mixing Up Your Automotive Marketing on Facebook

Automotive Marketing on Facebook creates the possibility to build relationships in your local community. We say that “Facebook is a cocktail party” and urge dealerships treat it as such. It is important to build the number of likes that your public page has, but that doesn’t

mean that you have to do it on your own.

Creating social relationships with other businesses such as restaurants, not-for-profits, colleges and other local businesses and…


Added by Paul Potratz on December 1, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Where in the world is your finance penetration?

Way back in 1971, C.P. Snow wrote about technology in the New York Times. He said, “Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”

Many dealers are voicing that sentiment these days. Far too few have done anything about it. Some have learned to use computer software with skill. They use the apps on iPhones, iPads, and Blackberries. They have created an effective Web site. They use FaceBook and Twitter and… Continue

Added by Rebecca Chernek on October 27, 2010 at 4:07pm — No Comments

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