Tag Archives: Used Car Inventory

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Editor’s Note: A special thanks to contributor, Billy Reynolds, Eastern Regional Vice President of Sales for ELEAD1ONE. As an expert in Leasing and Equity Mining strategies, Billy has helped sales teams increase profits utilizing automotive retail technology at the dealer level and as a vendor partner for almost two decades.

As profit margins continue to shrink on new vehicles, what’s your strategy to make up some of that lost profit? I’ve talked with dealers who are pushing more extras like extended warranties, buying more leads or hiring more staff. But we all know that in this type of market, trying to stay competitive can be a race to the bottom and additional expenses don’t always equal results.

I believe a better strategy is to focus on increasing your volume and decreasing your trade cycle through better maintenance of your lease portfolio. Inside every CRM there should be a recession-proof book of business that requires few budget dollars to reach. Read More

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Are the headaches associated with bringing vehicles up to certified pre-owned (CPO) program standards worth it? For dealers, there’s certainly more work, money and time involved with finding, reconditioning and certifying vehicles for CPO programs.

On the surface, it may seem like the higher margins don’t really justify the higher cost of reconditioning and manufacturer fees involved.

But the financial equation isn’t that simple. The fact is, CPO programs attract a certain type of customer that is willing to pay a bit more for a used vehicle in good condition, along with a warranty, roadside service and other perks. This is exactly the type of customer you want in your database, and you have to look at the long-term value of that customer. Read More