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Becoming Your Dealership's Top Service Advisor

Posted by Insignia Group on Jun 24, 2022 11:27:09 AM

Dealership service advisors have the opportunity for upward mobility. With a high school diploma and some automotive education or experience, you can begin your career as a service advisor with a clear path for advancement. 

From there, becoming your dealership’s top service advisor will increase your salary and put you on the path to climbing the ladder. Whether your plan is to become the top service advisor—and maybe, eventually, a service manager, or even a general manager—it starts with excelling in your current role. 

In an ideal world, your dealership supports your advancement and offers continuing service advisor training to help you improve. If that’s not the case, there are things you can do to create your own success. 

Follow these dealership service department best practices to become the top service advisor in your store by 2023!

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Topics: Service Conversions, Dealership, tips, service department

What EVs Mean for the Service Bay

Posted by Insignia Group on Jun 3, 2022 5:06:28 PM

The growth of electric vehicles is only increasing, and this growth will touch every department in the dealership. 

Specifically, the service department. 

Electric vehicles have fewer mechanical parts, which means fewer after-sales service appointments. And while consumers will undoubtedly continue to have maintenance issues, electric vehicles will significantly lessen foot traffic in the service department.

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Topics: Dealership, tips

Dealer Service Manager Training

Posted by Insignia Group on May 25, 2022 11:23:03 AM

Welcome to your new role as an integral part of dealership operations! 

Fixed operations are enhanced by the service manager working hand in hand with the parts department. The service lane can generate new revenue, boost CSI scores, and increase accessory sales when run properly. 

As the service manager, you’ll become the most indispensable aspect of a well-run store. You’ll wear many hats, and be required to change them often. Here are some tips to ensure your success!

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Topics: Dealership, tips, service department, service manager

Car Sales Training 101

Posted by Insignia Group on May 18, 2022 5:21:13 PM

You just landed a new job selling cars. Maybe you’ve got the stereotypical car salesman in your head, and you’re unsure how to approach your customers. The good news is, it’s not as hard as you think. It’s simple—follow a proven process, and it works! 

First, know that someone walking into the dealership doesn’t equate to a qualified lead. It’s your job to qualify the customer to determine whether they’re serious about buying a car or not. You can easily find that out during your needs assessment, which will be your first step. 

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, accessory sales

Guide to Overcome Car Sales Objections

Posted by Insignia Group on May 12, 2022 4:15:06 PM

The check engine light in a car is a warning sign of an underlying problem. Objections are no different. They’re a sign to point you to the actual problem.

Every day, car salesmen and women do mental gymnastics to get a car sold. At first, it can be strenuous and stressful—so practicing overcoming objections will make you more skilled. Before long, you'll be flipping over that balance beam with grace.

Selling accessories at the point of sale can also bring objections. Learning to bend without breaking in this arena offers enormous payoff. Within 90 days of purchase, 80% of your customers will accessorize their car. You can be sure that they’re going to buy accessories somewhere. 

Learn to overcome these common objections and get that cash back in your pocket.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Dealership, tips, accessory sales

Car Sales Start at the Walkaround

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 9, 2022 3:36:06 PM

Every good salesperson knows that the car sale begins almost immediately. 

A customer walks into your dealership and sits down at your desk. Building rapport is strategically interwoven with an assessment that lets the salesperson know what their customer wants and needs. When the needs assessment is appropriately thorough, the first walkaround comes easily. 

If you’ve ever struggled to sell a car (so basically…everyone), read on to see how three walkarounds per customer can improve your odds of delivering a vehicle your customer can’t turn down.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, accessory sales

Success as an Internet Sales Manager in Automotive

Posted by Insignia Group on Apr 13, 2022 1:19:51 PM

The internet sales department got the surprise of a lifetime in 2020, becoming center stage overnight. 

The automotive industry is changed forever, and so is the role of the internet sales manager. As car sales continually evolve, internet sales managers can focus on the basics to remain competitive: getting more leads and an excellent staff to pursue them. 

Here are five tips for running a successful department in 2022.

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Topics: Dealership, success, tips, accessory sales, dealership internet sales manager

10 Tips for Dealership Sales Managers

Posted by Whitney Williams on Apr 11, 2022 10:02:58 AM

Did you know the number one reason people quit their job is poor company culture? When you're in management, you can set the temperature in the workplace environment and lead by example. 

Whether you've just landed a job as a dealership sales manager or been in the role for a while, it's good to assess your leadership skills. So check out these ten tips to make you a better dealership sales manager!

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Dealership, tips, accessory sales

3 Mistakes Sales Managers Make

Posted by Insignia Group on Apr 7, 2022 2:06:38 PM

Brent Mason graduated from the University of Georgia during the 2007 recession and picked up a job selling cars. While his degree was in Business Management, he enjoyed the competitive environment more. By the time the recession lifted in 2009, Mason had worked his way up from salesperson to New Car Sales Manager. 

A few months into the job, Mason began to have problems. The peers he once worked alongside had become his employees, and the power dynamic was difficult to navigate. He found himself being walked all over by some and despised by others. The paperwork was mounting, the stress was incredible, and ultimately, he quit before his 90-day evaluation. 

What caused the rise and spectacular fall of this ambitious young man? He stumbled into several common pitfalls of sales managers and never recovered. Don’t let it happen to you. Avoid these mistakes to take your career from barely surviving to thriving!

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Topics: Dealership, tips, accessory sales

Best Software For Parts Managers

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 24, 2022 1:43:37 PM

The efficiency of the parts department is only as good as the tools and systems you utilize. When you have the right software, your job is ten times easier. Take a look at what's available to you and see where you can make improvements. 

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Topics: Dealership, tips, Lead, accessory sales