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Service Department Opportunity

We’ve all heard the forecasts: new vehicle sales are slowing, and the latest predictions for 2018 are that sales may drop to 16.7 million vs. an estimated SAAR of 17.1 million this year.

I suppose weakening demand could be interpreted as bad news, but a 2.3 percent drop in sales is hardly going to cause any dealers to tighten their belts. Still, if your business isn’t growing, it’s shrinking, and who wants shrinkage? If you’re not growing and defending market share, someone else is.

The good news is you don’t have to rely on new vehicle sales demand to grow your business. Do me a favor and walk over to your service department. Stand there and listen for a moment. That knocking sound you hear is opportunity. Read More

Better Performing Sales Teams

In my lifetime I have visited hundreds of dealerships. I have seen sales teams that are crushing it and sales teams that are performing dismally. Over time, I have noticed common denominators in both groups. I won’t bother sharing what those are for the latter group because a dismal performance is not something you want to emulate.

However, for the first group — the ones crushing it — the common denominator boils down to empowerment. The most successful dealerships empower their salespeople with these three tactics: Read More

Dealership's Most Important Person

Who is your dealership’s most important person? Every time I ask this question I get different answers ranging from the dealer, to various members of management, or even that top salesperson tearing up the sales board, but very rarely – if ever – do I get the right answer.

Why? Because most don’t even think about this employee who is typically the lowest paid, perhaps youngest, and, to top it off, is quite often a part-time employee.

Your Dealership’s Most Important Person (Drumroll, please)

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Communication_glue_teams_together

One very important thing some leaders fail to realize is that communication is the glue that holds teams together. Too often managers get so caught up in administrative tasks, reports and other duties they tend to ignore their team. As a result, team members feel left out and ignored, perhaps even unimportant.

And, while that same manager can send a million emails, text messages, Slack messages, and every other form of communication available using today’s digital technology, their team can still feel left out and disconnected, regardless of how many messages are sent. Read More

Service1One Lane Application Recall Masters

ATLANTA, GA – June 12, 2017ELEAD1ONE announces a partnership with Recall Masters Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, to integrate real-time vehicle recall lookup into the Service1One Lane Management App.

Determining recall status during the mobile check in and initial inspection process saves time, reduces friction and prevents unnecessary upsets between dealers and their customers. It also helps to eliminate the possibility of a recalled vehicle failing to be repaired during a visit to the service center. In addition, informing customers of a recall during the initial check in allows them to better plan their days.

Automotive Recall News in Real Time

“Trust can be a hard thing to establish with service customers. To discover that their vehicle needs to stay in longer for a recall repair – or even worse – that they have a recall which the dealership failed to repair, is not exactly great for customer relations,” said Chris Miller, President of Recall Masters. “Our integration with ELEAD1ONE’s Lane Management Application enables the dealership to inform customers about any open recall in real-time while the initial check in and inspection are done. This then helps build trusting relationships between automotive dealers and their customers.”

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