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Independent Dealers

This group is set up to focus on issues involving the independent (no factory franchises) dealer - whether they be sales, financing, floor planning or legislation.

Members: 158
Latest Activity: Mar 22

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Floor Planners

Started by Greg Goebel. Last reply by Bryan Heaton Sep 22, 2011. 8 Replies

Sub Prime F&I Portal Now Available For Independents

Started by John Fuhrman. Last reply by Alex Green Jul 27, 2011. 9 Replies

Warranty Issues

Started by Robert Moy. Last reply by Robert Moy Jan 29, 2011. 6 Replies

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Comment by Dennis Wagner on August 8, 2014 at 3:20pm

Hello and Happy Friday!

I just want to introduce myself. I have been in the automotive sales industry most of my life. I started out washing cars and turning wrenches as a child for the family business, then onto automotive sales, F&I Manager, Sub-prime Finance Manger, Finance Director, Sales Manager, Used Car Manager, Used Car Director, GSM, General Manager of a large multi-store dealer group and finally to realizing my dream of opening my own dealership in April of 2007. I am also a nationally recognized Automotive Dealer Consultant and Trainer. I look forward to making some new friends in this group in the near future. Have a great day!

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Comment by Dugan Anderson on January 16, 2013 at 11:32am

January 2013

Happy New Year to All

It has been some time since I have communicated with you and try as I may, it gets harder and harder to find the time to sit down and compose a regular message.  I shall try and do better this year.

I thought I would start the year with one of my favorite topics, excuses, and my favorite response:

“There are NO Excuses”

I have heard most of the current excuses, used some myself, but the truth is, there are no excuses.  Our business moves on, and regardless of the climate (weather, political or otherwise), we all have jobs to do.  Yes, I will admit that Presidential Elections appear to cause goofiness for the last few months in the years in which they happen, and this past election was no exception.  Additionally, the current political climate will most likely present some challenges, but our business must continue. 

One of the greatest challenges I am forever facing with some of my dealers and managers is their acceptance of “Things as They are”, “Tolerating” things that should not be tolerated and “Failure to Act” when a change is needed.  Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect, but one thing I see, over and over again are things that need to addressed and we somehow think they will fix themselves.  Incidentally, they usually  WON’T, and THERE ARE NO EXCUSES.

So as we move into 2013, I challenge you to be on the lookout for anything that has been tolerated, needs action or fixing or has just been done that way forever, because that’s the way we do it.  In order to GET different, we have to DO different.  No excuses, let’s JUST DO IT.

Comment by KEVIN M GREZLIK on October 21, 2010 at 9:48am
Just wanted to introduce myself. I am with Interactive Financial Acceptance. We are a subprime bank with low bank fees. We are offering our services to Independant and Franchise Dealerships in AL,AR,CA,CO,FL,GA,IL,IN,KS,KY,LA,MD,MI,MN,MS,MO,NY,NC,OH,OK,SC,TN,TX,VA,WA,WV and WI. If you are tired of paying high bank fees, contact me at 804-237-6318.
Comment by Joe McMonagle on August 22, 2010 at 1:59pm
Looking for new dealers in Eastern PA. Subprime financing, Floor Plan, VSC, Frazer DMS. call me @267-885-4912
Comment by Terry Alling on August 18, 2010 at 7:56pm
I want to introduce myself to the group. I'm with Sensible Driver and we provide e-newsletters, e-service reminders and online accessory shopping cart. We have been around for over 5 years but just recently launched our programs nationally. If you’d like to check our e-newsletter go to www.maitatoyota.sensibledriver.com
Comment by lisa stetz on August 17, 2010 at 10:07am
Used car manager position avalible in Cleveland Ohio and Erie PA. Controller position available in South carolina
Comment by Dugan Anderson on June 9, 2010 at 2:56pm
I have a Colorado client looking for a flooring source (Colorado Springs Area). Anyone have any suggestions. They are established, profitable and have a good track record. Their current source is getting out of the wholesale finance business.
Comment by Brad Hensley on November 9, 2009 at 12:45pm
I agree with you Jayme.
I think that 'Sending A Message' to the entire group is a bit "tacky" to solicit business but it is a great way to narrow down your target market, LOL. If I keep receiving emails about solicitations, I will end up canceling my account and miss out on a wealth of knowledge from individuals on here. BTW: Thanks AutoDealerMonthly for the site, Some great info on here!
Comment by Chante Kendall on March 12, 2009 at 10:49am
I want to introduce myself to the group. I'm with 700 Credit and my company has beed a great asset to the independant dealerships for saving plenty of mony on pulling credit reports. www.700credit.com
Comment by Jim Willis on February 24, 2009 at 9:46am
Preferred Funding can offer floor plan options... we represent several banks who are still offering aggressive lines.
 

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