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Take These Steps to Guarantee You're All on the Same Page

You spend a lot of time in meetings and discussing your strategies. On this week's Hard Facts, Samantha teaches you how to make sure everyone works together to reach your goals and ensure everyone is accountable.See More
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Clint Jones replied to Travis Griffis's discussion Any lenders for older lower price vehicles?
"I will never criticize you for asking any type of question. I would say that your best bet would be to pursue a relationship with a BHPH type of lender that will extend you a line of credit based upon the track record of your existing BHPH accounts.…"
Paul Potratz posted a blog post

Stop Making This Marketing Mistake

Make These Changes Today To Get Your Marketing Strategy Running SmoothlyOn this episode of Think Tank Tuesday, Senior Account Manager, Michelle Campbell joins me to cover these simple mistakes that can ruin your solid marketing strategy. Watch the video now to learn how to maintain consistency, use color to drive conversions, talk your customers' language, and how to determine what…See More
Travis Griffis posted a discussion

Any lenders for older lower price vehicles?

I pretty much already know the answer here is no, this is my 3rd year as a lot owner and I've sold cars most of my life. But my question is, does anyone know a lender who will finance lower priced cars $2500 up to $10,000 and who focus in subprime? Maybe a chain of small loan offices, title stores, a certain bank or other finance company?We have Westlake, I know of Dealer Funding, Western Funding, ACA.We're mostly a buy here pay here lot, but I need some deals completed outside some times. If I…See More
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The Nissan NVP is the milkshake that brings all the homeschool mothers to the yard

I've got a big family, tons of kids. We've moved out of the possibility of minivans. I hate pretty much all the large vans available. My wife will drive anything I put her in on the lot, from a cavalier to a Cadillac. She's as close as I could find to the perfect woman. She loved her town and country Limited AWD and her only rule is we have one main transport for the kids that she doesn't have to transfer stuff in and out of. We've been driving a chevy express passenger van for a month and we…See More
Jul 22
Paul Potratz posted a blog post

Why You Need to Be A/B Testing

A Single Word Changes Your Emails' Open and Click-Through RatesWant to send better e-mails? The trick is to A/B test it. This week on Think Tank Tuesday, I discuss the key points to remember when creating your subject lines and email templates that will drive more conversions.See More
Jul 21
Clint Jones joined Mauricio Acevedo's group

Nowcom DMS

Dealer management software for independent used car dealerships. Use Dealer Desktop to Run Credit reports, Manage inventory, Print contracts and Forms, Buy Here Pay Here, Insurance Binders, lending platform, vehicle history reports, red flag rules.
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Paul Potratz posted a blog post

Get Ready: Important Changes are Coming for Facebook's Search Engine

Latest Facebook Update Is Exactly What We've Been Looking ForFacebook is the 3rd largest search engine, and they are about to make some changes that will affect your Facebook advertising. With this change, we will be able to get better analytics, better bids, and much better campaign options. There's also a big update coming to the mobile Facebook app you will need to know about!See More
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Special Finance Manager Wanted

Posted by Harlene Doane on July 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Are you a seasoned special finance professional with a verifiable track record? This is an outstanding opportunity to continue a rewarding career in the automotive sales industry. If you are motivated and driven by a culture where your pay is a by-product of your efforts, this Special Finance Manager position might be your greatest job opportunity.

A Midwest dealership has a highly successful store selling more than 100 units per month and will be expanding to open a special…


Controller's Counsel

Posted by Harlene Doane on June 15, 2015 at 7:56pm 0 Comments

What is the Controller's Counsel?

A group of individuals focused on the health and performance of the dealership, who wish to assist the dealership in growth through profitability by generating additional revenue opportunities, restricting expense escalation, or through expansion of operations, all while focusing on reducing turnover and the costs associated with turnover through the exchange of current advice. The Controller's Counsel is scheduled to launch on July 6,…


Is It Time To Break The Mold?

Posted by Paul Potratz on April 17, 2015 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

Breaking routines can be difficult but change can yield long term results. On this week's Hard Facts, Samantha explains why pressing the time clock should not always be priority.

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…


Youngest Car Dealer in the US?

Posted by Troy Campbell on April 27, 2014 at 11:53am 16 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…


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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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

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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 Travis Griffis Jun 26. 9 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 gdrum Apr 23. 2 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 DAVID FOLTA Apr 24. 1 Reply

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. 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 Mark Jacobs Dec 31, 2014. 8 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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