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Frank posted a discussion

Manheims Crazy Policy

I have been running into a problem at Manheim where sellers are announcing "Stucural Damage" on vehicles that have no issues. It gets reported on Car Fax that the vehicle has frame damage and most lenders will not touch it.Does any one know of an answer for this problem?????????See More
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"Enjoying family at Christmas. In terms of the auto industry I have never seen the wholesale market so strong in December."
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Paul Potratz posted a blog post

History Repeats Itself

Your SEM Account Proves ItRunning a search engine marketing campaign will only get you so far without developing an advanced pay-per-click strategy. If you're not taking advantage of these two tools in your AdWords account, you're missing out. By using the accounts historical data, Google can calculate how certain changes impact your account's performance, as well as provide insights into expanding targeting capabilities that will increase conversions significantly. This week on…See More
Friday
Mike Elliott posted a discussion

Are you selling Cars or iPads?

A good friend of mine recently shopped for a new car. He’s a pretty tech savvy person, but oddly enough, didn’t know much about the vehicle that he was thinking of buying. He said that he asked numerous questions of his salesperson regarding miles per gallon, safety features, and available options. Each time, the salesperson would try to find the answer on an iPad. My friend complained that he ended up leaving without ever getting a straight answer. He told me that he got the feeling that the…See More
Thursday
John Sternal posted a blog post

END-OF-YEAR LEASE DEALS; MONTHLY PAYMENT MINDSET FUEL RISING LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS ENTERING DECEMBER

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during November continued to increase, fueling even more end-of-year momentum for lease applications and vehicle exchange rates. November saw an approvals rate of 84.2%, the second-highest monthly lease approvals rate during 2014 (August saw 85.7%).The monthly approvals rate was driven by early holiday lease campaigns and offers, with a rising number of lessees exchanging vehicles from brands such as…See More
Wednesday
CHRIS replied to CHRIS's discussion Help with RouteOne lending
"Yes I have got super fast responses from united auto credit when I submit a deal, and I have not heard from gateway either, I only have got declined from them so far."
Wednesday
Linda Bassano replied to CHRIS's discussion Help with RouteOne lending
"Thank you so much Chris,I have both of them on Route One.The only 2 that I have ! Never heard a word from Gateway for any deals ?????? I just don't get it ?. I am expecting a call back from EZ Dealer Financing to get some info .I will let you…"
Tuesday
Mike Elliott posted discussions
Tuesday
Paul Potratz posted a blog post

What Exactly Are We Selling?

Market To A LifestyleEach person leads a different lifestyle than the next so stop with the general ads and start getting more specific! Make your audience feel like you're speaking directly to them. Talk about the tough trucks on your lot and target it to construction workers, people with boats, or even those interested in country music.On this episode of Think Tank Tuesday, learn…See More
Tuesday
CHRIS replied to CHRIS's discussion Help with RouteOne lending
"Linda,             Yes I agree, You have to call them all individually, I wish route one's site would at least show the stipulations and requirements for the lenders to know which would fit best. But we have added…"
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Anyone use AFC Floor plan financing and increase your Limit?

Started by Chris Williamson. Last reply by Frank Nov 16. 4 Replies

I was just curious to the process to increase a floor plan limit with AFC?  Anyone have experience on the process and how often you can increase the line.  For example, do they run your credit again? or do they just automatically increase it?  Also,…Continue

Doing your own repos

Started by Jake C. Last reply by Clem Muhammad Oct 6. 3 Replies

I'm a dealer in Minnesota.wondering if anyone can tell me if I need repo insurance if we are doing are own repos?

Auction Genius

Started by Harlene Doane. Last reply by Tom Hawkins Aug 6. 5 Replies

Took a call from a dealer this morning asking the following questionsIs anyone using Auction Genius? If you are can you please share your experience with us?How do you use it? How effective is it for you? How is the cost compared to the…Continue

Tags: inventory, auction

Why Does Manheim Need Access to ALL information on Your Computer?

Started by Harlene Doane. Last reply by Becky Hillig May 6. 7 Replies

I'm completely flabbergasted that Manheim believes they need access to ALL information on my computer.To use several services on their site you are required to use their media player, and although it's not uncommon for some sites to need specific…Continue

Tags: security, manheim

Digital Signatures and Laser Printing

Started by Gabriel Mitri. Last reply by Nancy Long Apr 10. 3 Replies

Hi Folks, I just opened up a used car dealership here in California and I couldn't be more excited. As I cope with all the crazy feelings and emotions bouncing around my body I'm working hard to offer my customers a great buying experience. In doing…Continue

Problems with live or web auctions?

Started by Bill Hebert. Last reply by Bill Hebert Apr 9. 7 Replies

Has anyone had any issues with buying inventory at live or at web auctions?If so, what kind of problems? Continue

What CRM / ILM do you use?

Started by Ayrat Yunusov. Last reply by Gary Lipps Apr 9. 19 Replies

I'm searching for a CRM/ILM for our independent used car store. I've been going through a lot of demos and it seems like there are a lot of choices on the market... Dealersocket, Elead and Car-Research are very similar and look decent, but kind of…Continue

Best place to get Secondary Leads or BK Leads

Started by C.J. Lyon. Last reply by Will Corona Apr 29. 5 Replies

Hey guys, right now I am the head of our Secondary department. We are pulling leads from Auto Friend Leads and Auto Credit Express. So far they are working out pretty good but I am wanting to expand our Secondary department and add another…Continue

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Youngest Car Dealer in the US?

Posted by Troy Campbell on April 27, 2014 at 11:53am 15 Comments

My son is 20 yrs old and just got bonded and started his small car lot a month ago. Mistake or success? He was in college and dropped out for the car biz. I taught him about credit and he started building it at 18 and maybe that was a mistake as a father as he would probably be in school still. Thoughts? He seems to be doing things successfully and selling cars. He has not gotten a website just a face book page and it is working. He is a unconventional dealer but maybe the new generation of…

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40% of your buyers are Gen Y. Do you know how ro sell them?

Posted by Aileen Crass on September 3, 2013 at 12:10pm 2 Comments

Born in the late '80s and early '90s, Gen Y, accounts for about 21 percent of the total population, and 40 percent of the car-buying population. And this doesn't even account for who they are influencing. They are the most influential car buying population after the baby boom. Not only do they influence other Gen Y buyers, but they also influence their parents.

We have seen an interesting shift in buying dynamics over the past few years. While Gen X turned to their parents for advice…

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INTERNET PRICING

Posted by CAL HOOKS on August 26, 2013 at 12:47pm 3 Comments

I JUST OPENED A SMALL RETAIL USED CAR OPERATION IN LONGWOOD,FL. AND WOULD LIKE FEED BACK

ON POSTING RETAIL PRICES ON MY WEBSITE AND CRAIGSLIST. WHAT IS THE CONSENSUS.  POST CONTACT

DEALER OR PUT RETAIL PRICES ON WEBSITE AND CRAIGSLIST?

I JUST OPENED 2 WEEKS AGO AND AM ON VERY TIGHT MARKETING BUDGET SO IF ANYONE OUT THERE

COULD GIVE INSIGHT ON WHAT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE TOOL TO GET PHONES RINGING AND PEOPLE ON THE LOT? 

THANKS;

CAL HOOKS

APEX AUTO…

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Best Dealer application to use for wholesale/Retail on you Smartphone?

Posted by Fadi Fayyad on August 15, 2013 at 6:28pm 5 Comments

Fellow Dealers, 

I wanted to get some feedback on what Dealer applications (VIN scanner) that has worked for you successfully and what do you recommend. i came across few applications from doing my research. i would like to get something that handy and useful along with a carfax report details and pricings and pricing comparison for auction,wholesale,auto trader , and retail, trade-in value. 





what has worked for you and what has not and…

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Any suggestions on warranty companies for VW and AUDI

Posted by jeff anthony on June 20, 2013 at 11:58am 8 Comments

I am seeking suggestions on warranty companies who service VW and Audi units. thanks

Secondary Finance Pay Plan

Posted by David Disbrow on April 16, 2013 at 11:30pm 6 Comments

In a new car and truck dealership, what is a good payplan for a secondary finance manager with 3 secondary salespeople under him? Also, how would you pay the salesperson who first greeted the customer?  There always seems to be discord between the primary dept and secondary department. Are there any suggestions to bring harmony to the 2 departments?

Any and all suggestions are welcome

Disclose credit reporting to customers

Posted by Grace Romero on April 9, 2013 at 4:26pm 11 Comments

Hey Everyone.

We just got approved to report with Transunion (2-3 months waiting period for testing)
My question is now that will be reporting do we need to notify customers and is there a certain text/disclousure/law we must include in our notices to our customer?

Not too many resources online for this and any help is greatly appreciated!

Designing Promotions for Your BHPH Dealership - Part 2

Posted by Alan Mosher on March 28, 2013 at 12:09pm 1 Comment

Part 2 - Collections Promotions



As I said in the first part of this series here, properly designed promotions are more fun than advertising. Promotions should involve your employees, your customers, friends, family, neighbors, etc. All promotions should be done in a festive atmosphere. Plan the promotions so that as many customers as possible are…

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