29. Leasing a recent model used car is often possible, and can be a fantastic idea since it’s a newer car for less money. If you’re shopping at a new-car dealership, ask the sales staff if it also leases used cars.
The most prominent new automotive industry entrepreneur in the United States is H. Wayne Huizenga, chairman of Republic Industries. Mr. Huizenga has a proven track record as an innovator who has revolutionized the waste disposal and video rental industries. Republic owns the nation’s largest group of franchised automotive dealerships, operates the AutoNation USA used-vehicle megastore chain and owns and operates several car rental businesses. Republic is currently on an extraordinary acquisition campaign for new-car business dealerships. Even though Republic has almost single-handedly doubled the market price for dealerships, it does not appear to be slowing down.
Monday came and Honda created several Vine videos showing dealership sales people in khaki pants and blue shirts filming whimsical videos at Honda dealership. They responded in the following way with people in need of a new car.
The only thing we had complaints about in the past, was the price of the Four Seasons rooms for our out-of-town guests. This year we have set up a deal with a close by hotel that is going to provide us with a special DealerTalk rate.
How do you get people far away to care about your dealership? No, that’s not déjà vu. We started the last paragraph with that question too. That’s because it’s an important question, a problem lots of dealers struggle with. Instead of taking the dealership to customers, like Thompson, Woody’s proves that they’re worth the drive. On their website, they have a map of the surrounding area, with drive times and reviews from customers who have personally made that drive. It’s a wonderfully simple yet inspired way to convince customers that making the drive is worth it in savings and service.
An interesting study by ACA Research maps out the automotive customer journey and the timing for key events from initial research to final purchase. According to the research, “Generally the automotive vehicle purchase journey for the vehicle and finance can take between 5 and 12 weeks and encompasses the following steps.”
If you want to get into the profession without any dealership experience, take a course in professional sales or one that is designed specifically for the auto industry. The Automotive Sales College, for example, is an online educational resource that teaches you how to sell cars professionally. It takes you through the whole car-buying process and ends with tips on how to land an associate’s position. Earn a certification through the National Association of Sales Professionals or the National Retail Federation. You’ll develop confidence in your sales abilities and the credentials will reinforce your credibility and boost your resume.
It’s safe to say that Amazon has e-commerce figured out to a (data) science. In an interview with Entrepreneur.com, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos credited some of its success to the never-ending effort to give customers what they want before they know they want it. By investing in data-driven technology such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, the retailer’s customer experience is improved continuously through algorithm-enabled learning.
One interesting phenomenon with Twitter is people tweeting about what they’re watching on TV. According to Nielsen, in “June 2012, a third of active Twitter users tweeted about TV-related content, an increase of 27 percent from the beginning of the year.”2 Why not get in on the act to help promote your dealership?
“IBISWorld is an extremely powerful resource for audit planning from a risk perspective (SAS 104-111), client closing interviews to demonstrate industry knowledge as a trusted advisor, and client prospecting for understanding the industry to help win new accounts.”
(6) Leverage the media and traditional press: While much is new about the Tesla Model S and the accompanying sales and marketing model, one thing is not: the dependence on traditional media. Tesla has been a master at driving press coverage, reviews, and awards for its cars. It’s clear that the company has worked hard to position the brand with the media and to make sure the right messages come through. The company’s #1 message is that they are trying to build the best car ever made and not just the best electric car. This message is frequently repeated by the press.
9. When deciding where to buy, read online reviews to help you pick a dealership. In addition to checking their ratings, see if the dealerships you’re considering include free perks such as lifetime oil changes or free car washes. Or free manicures and massages.
The most common degree held by car salesmen is Business Management And Administration. 4% of car salesmen had a degree in business management and administration before becoming car salesmen. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Business graduates are the second most common among car salesmen, representing 2% of car salesmen in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.9 times the average.
Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as “The Big Issue” and “Which?” Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.
If you want to be or even consider yourself a professional automotive sales person, it is a must to market yourself like a professional by acquiring effective car sales tips. Like a business… Because you are a business within a business.
Want to make sure those eager buyers with fresh tax returns come to your dealership? One of the more popular dealership marketing strategies is offering to double someone’s tax return for a down payment—up to a certain point, of course. So, if someone walks in with $2,500 for a down payment, you’d throw in another $2,500, so they have a total down payment of $5,000. Again, the exact terms are up to you and what your dealership can swing financially.
Find out what the customer is looking for. You may ask them, “How can I help you today?” or “What are you looking for today?” Chat with them about what car they already own or owned previously. Get to know what they need or are looking for so you can help them effectively.
Community contests get people all over the community involved because it’s a lot of fun for them. It’s also good press for you because local media outlets love a good interest story! Hide branded items throughout your community and then let people know about a contest that you’re having. Make it a good prize, give people an entry if they take pictures and share them over social media to you, and everyone has a good time.
A 1994 Dodge Neon that we took in trade for $2500. We owned it for $3000. It was worth $7000. I sold it for $6995, and made 25% commission, plus it was my #16 stair stepper (I sold 16 cars that month, new and used), so I got a $1000 bonus on it for being Salesman of the Month plus highest gross profit for the month. It was a good month.
Managing all the review sites your dealership appears on can be a serious process, but if you cultivate your online reputation properly you can, in essence, grow the size of your market. Because, “Car buyers are willing to drive farther to reach dealerships with positive online reviews—24 percent said they would drive 30 miles to a dealer with positive reviews, 15 percent said they would drive as far as 40 miles, while nearly one-third (31 percent) said they would drive 50 miles or more.”4If 70 percent of online car buyers are willing to drive 30 miles or more for a dealership with good online reviews, how many customers do you think you could gain from a positive online reputation? How many do you think you would lose with a bad one?
These car sales tips and advice touches briefly on the different things that you may have already learned when you were taught how to sell cars at a dealership. They were probably included in your car sales training and some of these things you need to reinforce or memorize to become a more professional and effective car salesman or woman. Keep these tips for car salesmen handy as a reference and work on the items or areas where you might need some improvement such as your car sales closing techniques.
We finished 2017 with a total of 17,230,436 units sold, down 1.8% from 2016’s results. Dealers will find it difficult to achieve the same levels of success without paying attention to the changes facing the industry this year.
By having the low-priced Endeavors at a time when prices are rising, she said, “our salespeople are excited and everybody is making good grosses. Everybody’s happy: The customer is happy, we’re happy.”
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Every sale starts with a point of contact, an interaction between a shopper looking to buy something and a salesperson who can provide it. In order for that initial point of contact to turn into a sale, however, a salesperson needs to nurture and cultivate the relationship, gaining the shopper’s trust…
Greet customers right away. As soon as customers arrive at the dealership, be there to greet them with a “Hello” or “Hi there.” You can then introduce yourself and ask the customer how they are doing. You may say, “Good morning! Welcome to Woodland Motors. My name is Sara, and you are?”
The quantity and quality of information collected at the dealer interface level is key to developing and maintaining an actionable customer database and accompanying marketing-decision support systems, replacing the somewhat primitive socio-demographic data that most vehicle manufacturers rely upon today.
Final point – DO NOT spend 500 dollars on the Luxcare/Xzillion/whatever “appearance package”. It’s a coat of (admittedly very nice) wax, some Scotchgard, and leather conditioner. The warranty may sound enticing, but the fine print states that the dealer gets a shot at fixing it before doing any ACTUAL repainting or replacing of parts. That means one of the hourly detailers is told ‘fix it, whatever it takes’ – lots of carpet dye gets sprayed over these claims.
Whether you want a raise, different responsibilities, or more resources, knowing how to negotiate is vital. Here are 5 (non-sleazy, promise!) tricks straight from the car lot that will help you get what you want at work.
Good CIOs have long needed to be internal consultants to the business. Ever since technology moved out of the glasshouse and onto employees’ desks, CIOs have not only needed a deep understanding of the goals of a given project but also to make sure that the project didn’t stray from those goals, even after the businesspeople who had ordered the project went back to their day jobs. “Businesspeople didn’t really need to get into the details of what IT was really doing,” recalls Ferro. “They just had a set of demands and said, ‘Hey, IT, go do that.’”
Ed Brooks 2018 will be the year that ‘Digital Retailing’ becomes mainstream – at starts to become mainstream. Driven by the large dealer groups, by cutting-edge dealers who are always looking for the opportunities change brings, and by the ‘disruptors’ like Carvana, more and more dealerships will feel the heat and begin adding ‘Digital Retailing’ modules into their websites. Their success will depend on more the dealership culture and mindset than on technology.
A salesman who doesn’t want to become a manager usually won’t need a college education, although some dealerships might still prefer to hire salesmen who have an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. Business and marketing courses are helpful. Once hired, most employers provide on-the-job training. Depending on the size of the dealership, this training might include classes that typically cover sales and customer service techniques. Even if new hires do not complete classes, they usually work with seasoned salesmen to learn the ropes.
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The fact that there is no formal education track to become a car salesman presents a unique challenge to individuals wishing to enter the field. Whenever the route to something is not clearly defined, reaching it becomes potentially more difficult. Being a car salesman is not just about selling a product to a customer. It is both an art and a science. Personality, appearance, authenticity, and ability to persuade all play a part in this career. Because many people walk into a dealership and already have a negative perception of the car sales business, it is the job of a car salesman to change this image into something positive for the customer. The days of fast talking, hard-closing sales are over and have been replaced by the need for professionalism, courtesy, and service. Product knowledge is key, but salespeople have to be able to comfortably interact with customers and earn their trust and confidence.