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Bud Scannavino

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Bud learned the trade of automotive mechanics after high school, earned the A.S.E. credentials CMAT with L-1, and owned a repair shop. Bud eventually changed careers, earning an MBA from Yale. For a day job, Bud’s career is in financial services. As a freelance writer and advertising consultant, he writes automotive articles, blogs and advertisements. His clients enjoy his explanations of complex technical, management and marketing issues in easy to understand language, along with a touch of wit and humor.
dealership employees

Keeping Your Dealership Employees Safe

The worst time to find out one of your dealership employees has a complaint about discrimination or harassment is when you receive a letter...
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show – Industry Takeaways

If you want to have a car show for manufacturers to show off their latest vehicles and cutting-edge technologies, it would be best to...
electric vehicles

Why Are People NOT Buying Electric Vehicles From You?

Shoppers are calling and looking at your electric vehicles. They test drive them, but then seem to lose interest. Your ‘features and benefits’ presentations...
dealership

5 Things That Keep Buyers Out of Your Dealership

Many career salespeople stay in the car business because they like helping people. It’s a great feeling, to help people make a major purchase...
CSI score

5 Easy (And Cheap) Ways to Increase Your Service Department’s CSI Score

The old cliché tells us that ‘Talk is Cheap.’ But every sale in your dealership begins with talk. Likewise, dissatisfied service customers can give...
service drive

How to Entice More Service Drive Customers with Targeted Messages

You can make money with coupons with the right customer messaging and targeted marketing. It is easier to learn than it sounds. if you...
holiday gifts

Holiday Recognition Gifts for Your Staff

Everybody would like a Rolex watch. But that’s impractical, and even if you gave a Rolex to each staff member, they would want to...
holiday party

Tips to Host a Safe (but Fun) Holiday Party at your Dealership

Alcohol, food, games, gifts, decorations – too many decisions. This was supposed to be fun and easy! Here are some quick tips to make...
toxic personalities

Toxic personalities that negatively affect your dealership

If managers were paid a bonus to lower the turnover rate among their staff, they would pay more attention to getting rid of conflict...
dealership team

Strengthening Your Dealership Team

The word ‘team’ brings out a reaction from people. Most people would be thrilled to play on their favorite NFL or baseball team, become...
NAFTA

The What, Why, and Who of NAFTA

With all of the recent news about import tariffs and renegotiation of trade agreements, there is uncertainty about how all of this will affect...
margin compression

Five Ways to Stay Ahead of Margin Compression

Automotive dealers across the country have likely noticed the margin squeeze in the past few years. They may have wondered if they were alone,...
performance

Are You Properly Rewarding Your Staff?

It is important in the automotive industry that an employee’s work performance and progress is monitored closely to ensure that they fully  understands the...
service bdc

How to Create a Well-Functioning Service BDC

Over the years we have seen huge improvements in the effectiveness of sales department Business Development Centers (BDC’s). With this success, it seems that...
marketplace

Staying Ahead in an Ever-Changing Marketplace

Certainly, all dealers and managers understand the challenges facing automotive retail today: flattening sales; buyers visiting fewer lots; margins under pressure from all sides;...

Do You Have Your “E’s” Turned Up Today?

Do you have your "E's" turned up today? Bring your enthusiasm, excitement, energy and experience into the dealership and watch what happens. Hear how...

Phone Etiquette and Email Marketing

On this week's edition of Progressive Retail, Cory Mosley talks about how to increase your email marketing and phone etiquette skills and how to develop...

Attracting and Hiring Talent to Advance Your F&I Department

On this week's edition of F&I Today, Becky Chernek invites Tony Troussov, Group F&I Director at Morrie's Automotive Group, to discuss the importance of...

Accountability and What it is Worth to Your Business

Your culture, what’s that worth? Team morale, momentum, your brand, the customer experience, the team member experience, your own credibility as a leader. You...