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John has more than 35 years of experience in fixed-operations management and consulting, and trains fixed-ops staff to improve performance and customer service. He started working in auto repair and parts at age 15 and over time held numerous positions at dealerships, including general manager. Visit the website https://fairchildautomotivesolutions.com.

Try Performing A Basic Service Inspection Immediately, Then Prioritizing Work Your Customer Needs

Every customer who pulls into your service department deserves to know the overall condition of their vehicle, each time he or she visits. As...
T.O.

The POWER of the T.O.

New and used car sales departments everywhere live and die by the “T.O.” A “T.O.” or “Turn Over” is a strategy employed in sales...
lateral support

Should You Use Lateral Support as a Service Department Dispatch System?

Lateral support, Simple Support, Teams, Super Groups and Dispatch. Service Department technician production systems must be designed based on the quality and capabilities of...
customer retention

Customer Retention: They Have to Like You

From dealership standpoint, customer retention for the long term is totally dependent on personal relationships with your staff. The question “Would you take your car...
services

Where do we GROW?

As the economy continues to heat up, dealerships are increasingly being cramped by lack of available space and staff to accommodate the rush of...
the process

How The Process is the Core to Your Business

Processes are the core tools for business. In order to become and remain successful and competitive, Dealership Service Departments must continuously improve their process....
technician

Dealing with the Technician Drought

There is a “Technician Drought” that has been plaguing the car industry for decades, pretty severely for the past 5 years or so. Finding...
one-line ROs

One-Line ROs

A few Fridays ago at the dealership I was visiting, we had a meeting and discussed some important metrics surrounding increasing sales. The topic...
difficult customers

Effective Ways to Address Difficult Customers

If you have worked in the Service Drive for, let’s say, 15 minutes or longer you probably understand that there is a fair share...
customers

Customers Need to Like You!

In a Dealership Service Department, the relationship with your customer is “King.” It’s far more important for the customer to actually like you than...
digital communication

The Importance of Communicating Digitally With Automotive Consumers

As Bob Dylan famously put it, "The times they are a-changin." While once customer communication was a reasonably straightforward affair, today, every interaction along...
sales

Modern Sales Methods that Will Keep Your Dealership Profitable

Just like most fields, sales is an endlessly evolving industry that has seen many different methods throughout the years. Customers oftentimes seem unpredictable and...
Glenn Paschvideo

The 4 Marketing Tips Your Dealership Should Focus on to End the Year Strong...

On today’s show, we’re pleased to welcome back Glenn Pasch, auto marketing expert, industry thought leader, and CEO of PCG Digital. Glenn is no...
dealership

Setting Up Your Dealership Teams for Success: Six Ways to Begin Building Strong Teams...

Your dealership is a sum of its parts, and these parts are every member of your team. The success of your dealership doesn’t just...
live chat

Why You Need a Live Chat Feature on Your Dealership’s Website

If you’ve been browsing almost any industry online in the past few years, you’ve encountered live chat widgets. They typically pop up in the...

Help Your F&I Office Perform Consistently with These Key Strategies

On this week's episode of F&I Today, Becky Chernek, President of Chernek Consulting, discusses the importance of performing well in the dealership on a...

How to Manage Stress in Your Career as a Car Salesperson

On this week's episode of Straight Talk, our host, David Lewis discusses some effective strategies you can use to manage stress when working in...

The Active Delivery Process

On this week's episode of the Weekly Tune-Up, Jim Fitzpatrick is once again joined by guest host Michael Roppo, President of Automotive Management Resources....

Don’t Be Like Everyone Else On The Demo Drive

The demo drive is where the customer falls in love with the vehicle. Don't be like everyone else. Let the customer decide where they...