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Josh Moniker posted a discussion

Advertising a Selling Price? Credit Acceptance? Help!

I was hoping to find some clarity from the more experienced dealers here on advertising the selling price, especially in conjunction with Credit Acceptance. Even if I am able to buy inventory at blackbook wholesale average, I can never get the same profit margin as the cash selling price with Credit Acceptance; unless I raise the selling price in their system. I know that this is against federal law. Here is where I am stuck:90% of my customers are ones that will only work with Credit…See More
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John Sternal posted a blog post

Truck Segment Values Held Better Last Week

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. Click here to download…See More
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Paul Potratz posted a blog post

How Influencer Marketing Can Help Sell Cars

Influencer marketing. It’s an affordable way to get your brand name out there and increase your sales. But where do you start?In order to add influencer marketing to your strategy or campaign, you have to iron out the details. In this week’s Hard Facts episode, Samantha reveals what you need to do before you take on key leaders that will promote your brand message.Watch the video to learn more!We’d love to hear what you have to say. Comment below and follow us on Facebook.Website:…See More
Friday
Paul Potratz posted a blog post

Are You Afraid of Change?

Change is something that is critical to your business. If you’re not adapting to the change around you, you’re bound to fall behind the ranks of your competitors!Join Paul and Ashley on this week’s Think Tank Tuesday as they give you tips and tricks on how to conquer your fear of change in the workplace and in your personal life.We’d love to hear what you have to say. Comment below and follow us on Facebook.Website: http://www.ppadv.comFacebook:…See More
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John Sternal posted a blog post

Michigan Lessees Prefer Foreign Cars to Domestic Cars

Of the lease vehicle being exchanged on Swapalease.com: 91.2% of lease transfers exiting Michigan are domestic vehicles93.7% of lease transfers entering Michigan are foreign vehiclesHere are some other additional trends that Swapalease.com has identified: The Southeastern region of the country imports the fewest luxury vehicle leases from elsewhere in the countryThe Mid-Atlantic region sees the highest average entering monthly payment at $874.65 a monthThe majority of Volkswagen vehicles are…See More
Feb 21
AAH posted a discussion

Income Tax Season 2017

How is tax season treating everyone?It's a bit slow down here in Texas. Hopefully things start picking up soon!See More
Feb 19
Nick Mitch replied to Jay's discussion Where does a small independent dealer like myself start with financing (sub prime)
"Sign up CAC it's well worth it (easy and fast) Once u have fully learn the software then look into others"
Feb 15
Paul Potratz posted a blog post

Is Simplicity Better for Advertising?

This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul goes through some of the titles of sales events that we’ve all heard of…but may not really understand.We’d love to hear what you have to say. Comment below and follow us on Facebook.Website: http://www.ppadv.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/PotratzAdvert...Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PotratzInstagram: @PotratzSee More
Feb 14
John Sternal posted a blog post

How Did Lincoln's Ad Fare During Grammys?

Lincoln teamed up with blues musician Gary Clark Jr. to produce a series of spots promoting the new 2017 Lincoln Continental. See more of the advertising campaign, as well as a peek at one of the ads here.Jumpstart Automotive Media monitored traffic to its portfolio of automotive sites to gauge shopper interest in the new…See More
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Extended Market Strength With Smaller Cars Strength

Posted by John Sternal on April 22, 2015 at 12:39pm 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. Click here to download the full report.

 

In this week’s report, the Black Book editorial team reports on data trends straight from the auction lanes that may be showing signs of a tired tax season. Comments from the lanes and data show that used vehicle…

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Youngest Car Dealer in the US?

Posted by Troy Campbell on April 27, 2014 at 11:53am 19 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 3 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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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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Relatively New Used Car dealer in need of your help!~ I know, I know another one of these posts.

Started by Murad Swati. Last reply by Lucas Hubbard Jan 27. 13 Replies

First off, just wanted to formally introduce myself and give a little bit of a background as to how I became a dealer.  My name is Murad and I am 28 years old residing in NYC.  I've operated my family's business of automotive repair for the past 13…Continue

Anyone know the bank that finance Rebuit titles

Started by samuel Elijah. Last reply by JOE WELNACK Aug 31, 2016. 4 Replies

Hello,We are independent dealer in Nashville Tennessee area, we have some cars on the lot with rebuilt titles but I currently signed up with United Auto Credit, unfortunately they don't finance rebuilt title. Any information will be very helpful.Continue

*Florida Dealer Sales Paperwork*

Started by Billy Wills. Last reply by Jay Samson Nov 1, 2016. 3 Replies

Hello everyone. I would like to thank anyone who comments to this first and foremost. I am a one week old dealer and have several questions as you might already have guessed. My dealership specializes in classic/vintage vehicles, and I am having…Continue

Anyone use AFC Floor plan financing and increase your Limit?

Started by Chris Williamson. Last reply by Frank Nov 16, 2014. 3 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, 2014. 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 James Feb 8, 2015. 6 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 Ted Edwards Jr "TJ" Dec 10, 2015. 9 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, 2014. 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

 
 
 

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