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Take your dealership to the next level with this collection of auto retail training articles. Covering fixed ops, sales, F&I, BDC, and management.

How auto brands fared in Interbrand’s Top 100 ratings

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Interbrand has released its list of winners for the Best Global Brands in 2020. The consultancy firm bases its ratings on financial forecast, the role of the brand, and brand strength. More specifically, the components of valuations include “an analysis of the financial performance…

The Market Remains Uncertain but Your Margins Don’t Have to Be

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Henry Ford famously said, “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” This is exactly what dealerships have been doing since post-World War II when they first encountered margin compression. It was around this time that the U.S. auto market experienced an…

Tips for effective vehicle merchandising and marketing

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You can prepare a steak and potato dinner in two ways. One is to meticulous cook the steak and potato, arrange it beautifully on a plate, and serve it with love and care. The other way is to throw a…

Major announcement Tuesday by General Motors focuses on EV development

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On Tuesday, Oct 20, General Motors held a virtual media event to announce a multi-billion-dollar investment into six of their manufacturing facilities. At the heart of the announcement is a transition for the Spring Hill, TN assembly plant to begin…

NADA chooses Mike Stanton, an NADA insider, to replace retiring CEO Peter Welch

The National Automobile Association is promoting from within, as it names COO Mike Stanton as the organization’s next President and CEO. Stanton is set to succeed Peter Welch, who has been the association’s leader since his appointment by the NADA…

How to leverage seasonal service appointments to drive better business

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed many Americans’ schedules and habits, and for vehicle owners, one of the main impacts has been a significant change in how they handle routine maintenance. And this is dramatically altering how dealerships operate. According to…

How to develop employees if you cannot promote them during COVID-19

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Considering all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is likely impacting your dealership, it may be a stretch to think about offering a promotion to your all-star staff members. It may not be in the front of your mind, but it…

3 ways data analytics can help your F&I staff

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As the markets start waking up from their COVID-19 slowdown, F&I departments are also trying to get back in the groove they were in before all of this started in March. It’s a challenge, especially for the stores that may…

Seat belts could be recalled after altered safety data discovered

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The Japanese government has told automakers to prepare for recalls after Joyson Safety Systems Japan’s seat belt safety testing data was found to be altered. Japan’s authorities reported that as many as 9 million seat belts “do not meet quality…

Joe Biden: “Move to the vehicles of the future”

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The automotive industry has thankfully shown signs of recovery throughout the past few months and will hopefully continue to improve despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This week, presidential nominee Joe Biden held a drive-in rally in Toledo, Ohio, and while…

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NAMAD lends a hand to minority dealerships with digital marketing training 

With digital retailing becoming more valuable to dealerships than ever before, it’s important for dealers to have every resource necessary to meet the changing demands of the market. This is why the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) is…
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Automotive retail insider Allan Cooper discusses industry futurization

In this afternoon's interview, CBT News welcomes back Allan Cooper, president and co-founder of PiM Insights, automotive finance, sales, and management veteran, and industry consultant. Cooper and anchor Jim Fitzpatrick kick things off by discussing the overall impact COVID-19 has…
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Tekion makes a big splash in the DMS space and public dealer groups announce...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. Public Group Reporting We’ve entered Q3…
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Cox Automotive analyst Zo Rahim breaks down CPO sales and market forecasts

While dealers struggle with new vehicle inventory, used vehicle sales have become an emphasis for many dealers. Despite this, certified preowned sales have struggled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.CPO sales have been on the decline ever since stores…

Tekion makes a big splash in the DMS space and public...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. Public Group Reporting We’ve entered Q3…

How car dealership leaders can create more growth opportunities for people...

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive, brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. In today's segment, host Cory Mosley is joined by Damon Lester, president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. Diversity and inclusion have been age-old issues for…

Automotive startups make big headlines with strong funding rounds and acquisitions

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. NADA Impact on Vendors Big and…