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Founder, SteveStauning.com Steve is the author of Assumptive Selling: The Complete Guide to Selling More Vehicles for More Money to Today’s Connected Customers; as well as a respected automotive industry veteran and founder of pladoogle, LLC – a leading training & consulting firm – and the free sales video training website SteveStauning.com. Prior to his involvement with pladoogle, Steve served in various automotive leadership roles, including as the Asbury Automotive Group’s (NYSE: ABG) director of ecommerce, the director of the Web Solutions division of Reynolds & Reynolds, and as the general manager of Dealer Web Services for Dominion’s Dealer Specialties.
chick fil a

The Chick-fil-A of Car Dealers

It’s no secret that the dealership model is under attack in America. From subscription alternatives that could bypass traditional dealers to startups like Carvana...
perfect data

Preparing for 2019: Remember, It’s the Boring Stuff that Sells Cars

As you and your team review your sales plans for 2019, it’s important to remember that the dealers growing market share use the same...
phone

The Phone is Ringing: Yesterday, it was an Inquiry; Today, it’s a Buyer!

The phone is ringing. It’s a sales prospect. They’re not calling to chat. They found your vehicle on the Internet and (by calling you)...
market share

Dealers Growing Market Share: What Really Separates Them from the Rest?

With multiple automotive conferences and expos filling the schedule, October has become known to many in the industry as “conference month.” This year, as...
green peas

I Wish They Could Stay Green Peas Forever!

Salespeople… ahh, they grow up so fast, don’t they? One day they’re young, wide-eyed Green Peas treating every Up like a qualified buyer, selling sixteen...
assumptive selling

How Assumptive Selling Can Dramatically Improve Your Results

I’m pretty sure every dealer reading this article wants their salespeople to close a higher percentage of the prospects they encounter. To help achieve...
social selling

Dealers: Don’t Fear Social Selling; Embrace It!

At this very instant, there are vehicle salespeople on Facebook enjoying 25 or more sales a month just by talking about their accomplishments and...
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;...
sales managers

Turn Your 8-Car Alans into 30-Car Theos


Sales managers – many of whom routinely sold 25 or more units a month in their selling days – often lament that today’s salespeople...
attract and convert

Bells & Whistles May Not Attract and Convert

Here’s a silly question for dealers and managers: Do you ever look at your website and think it’s stale or boring? Of course you...
digital retailing

Digital Retailing: Five Advantages of Using It at Your Dealership

Think about the last time you needed to purchase an item online. What comes to mind? Is it the ease of finding what you...
expenses

How to Evaluate Expenses in Each Department

Expenses are part of doing business. A dealership can’t have profits without a facility, inventory, employees, supplies and other necessities that cost money. The...
February

February Foretells Slower New Vehicle Sales in 2019

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring on February 2nd, but as we head nearer to the end of the month, it looks like the...
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Brian Benstock on What it Takes to Drive an Award-Winning Dealership

Coming off of a record-breaking 2018, Paragon Automotive became the highest volume dealer to take home the Precision Team Award for Acura and the...
F&I

When Slow Times Can Actually Help F&I

Downtime. No deals. Few ups and just not a lot of activity. Tumbleweeds blowing through the lot. This is every dealer’s nightmare scenario. It...

Confirming and Destroying Stereotypes

Every customer has a stereotype about the car-buying experience. It's on you to confirm or destroy that stereotype. Saturday Morning Sales Meeting with Jonathan...

How Customer Perception Can Impact Your Service Department

On this week's episode of the Weekly Tune-Up, Almog Veig of David Lewis & Associates talks about customer perception and how it impacts the...

Getting on Your Customer’s Wavelength

On today's episode of Kain and Company, David shares some ideas he has to help you sell more cars by connecting with your customer...

Toxic Achievers

On today's episode of Hard Truths, Dave Anderson goes over the types of "toxic achievers" that you may have in your staff and holding...