Your Response to COVID-19 Will Set You Apart

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 17, 2020 4:35:11 PM

No dealership has escaped the evolution of the automotive industry due to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, businesses around the globe have had to respond accordingly. As the world slowly re-opened in a new way, consumers were quick on the draw to review businesses' safety precautions, interactions, conveniences and more.

Those who rose to the occasion attracted clients. Those who made mistakes, no matter how small, suffered at the hands of the Internet. How you continue in your COVID-19 response will set you apart as the pandemic and coming months unfold.

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Topics: Customer Retention, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Best Practice, customer experience, COVID-19, Social Distancing

Creating Custom Accessory Packages For Every Kind of Customer

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 9, 2020 3:00:00 PM

What can one of the most popular burger joints teach your dealership about Vehicle Personalization?

Simple: everybody wants it their way. Personalization is king, and customizing is always a good idea. Right now, dealerships everywhere need all the good ideas to adapt to the times—such as building packages that allow you to display your brand’s personality—while enticing customers. Custom packages can be fluid, seasonal, brand loyal, fun, quirky, and a host of other things. 

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Topics: Marketing, Dealership, accessories, sales, customers, success, Accessories sales, tips, preload, Aftermarket

3 Aftermarket Summer Trends That Yield A Serious Harvest

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 3, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Every season is alive with possibilities. Yes, even in 2020. Strategizing with the turning of the tides can make the difference for your bottom line. What should you do during the summer of an already dramatic year? The same thing you do every summer, my friend. Focus on what you know, and take one step at a time. So, what do we know?

We know public transportation is declining, making personal vehicles a necessity. We know road trips are beckoning the nation like a Siren's song. We know COVID online shopping has surpassed last year's holiday sales.

We also know Vehicle Personalization is a multi-billion dollar industry. The need for a car mixed with the need for a vacation, topped off with chronic *adds to cart*, should serve you well. This is an aftermarket summer like you've never seen it.

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Topics: Accessories System, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, success, Accessories sales, tips, Land Rover, Aftermarket, Summer

The Case For Consulting, and Other Cold Hard Facts

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 12, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Blazing a trail for a successful accessory program requires strategy. As surely as a new hire needs training, molding an accessory program calls for similar attention.

Is outsourcing really valuable? Can a dealership with a strong management team craft such a strategy on their own? Is there any reason a store couldn’t take best practice tips and implement them themselves? Is the expense of training a good return on investment?

These are valid questions from dealerships nationwide. Particularly now, as we all keep a closer eye on our budgets than ever. Let’s explore the reality of launching a new accessory program in your store.


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Topics: Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, success, Accessories sales, tips, consulting

3 Ways To Capitalize On July's Tax Day

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 29, 2020 1:30:00 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first half of 2020, it’s that toilet paper was never the answer.

That in mind, we press on, looking first to survive, then creatively thrive. July, which is about level four of Jumanji, has presented a game advantage in the form of a delayed tax day. After a few difficult months, a final wave of income tax returns makes it possible for consumers to take the bait on a new vehicle. America threw us a bone and we’re going to accessorize it.

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, holiday, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, tips, creative, online catalog, increase sales, profit, COVID-19, Social Distancing, tax

Soak Up Summer With Accessory Sales

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 15, 2020 1:00:00 PM

We could all use a boost to our bottom line right now. 

We could probably use a week off social media, a tropical vacation, and some yoga too, but I digress. With summer ablaze, car dealers have more than a day at the beach on their minds. In the midst of a global pandemic inciting mayhem in our industry, we must soak up every cent of seasonal summer accessories. Say that five times fast.

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Topics: Increase Profits, Dealership, sales team, sales, accessory program, accessories installations, success, drive, Accessories sales, tips, creative, increase sales, profit, Social Distancing, Summer

Accessories Sold This Teenager A Minivan

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 29, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Eighteen-year-old Samantha Dorton is fresh out of high school. With a spirit of optimism, she initiated plans to leave the nest. Her first stop on the road to independence was a local dealership. Samantha’s mother, Khrystal Dorton, Insignia Group’s Customer Care Coordinator, asked her daughter to be self-sufficient before she flew on her own.

“That meant getting her vehicle fixed, or purchasing one that ran,” Khrystal said. “She decided to buy a good one and leave her 2001 Nissan Pathfinder behind.” Armed with her approval specs from the bank and a good idea of what she was looking for, Samantha was ready to face the car-buying process head-on.

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Topics: Dealership, accessories, staff, sales team, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, salesman

Three Accessory Packages To Support Social Distancing

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 18, 2020 2:00:00 PM

As COVID-19 shut down America as we knew it, extroverts all across America found themselves taking refuge in their cars. What started with just taking a drive, turned into eating take-out in the driveway. Before we knew what was happening, kids’ birthday parties morphed into drive-by parades. Campgrounds closed and truck beds became the go-to spot for a night under the stars.

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Topics: Presentation Tools, Improve CSI, Accessory News, Increase Profits, Process Training, Marketing, Customer Success, Dealership, accessories, Showroom, accessory program, seasonal, accessories installations, Educate, success, Accessories sales, creative, Digital Retailing, COVID-19, Social Distancing

The Top 3 Places To Link Your Accessory Site

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 21, 2020 4:00:00 PM

As dealers across the nation adjust to selling vehicles online, it’s imperative that we don’t skip vehicle personalization. The easiest way to ensure customers and salespeople have a fair shot at a perfectly adorned vehicle is to make your accessory link easy to find. Trip and fall over it easy. “There it is again” easy. “I didn’t find the link, the link found me” kind of easy. When you strategically place your personalization link, you make your salesperson’s life easier, and your customer more likely to buy. 

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales, customers, Accessories sales, configurator, online catalog, Margin Compression, COVID-19

Attacking Margin Compression During A Pandemic

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 7, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Margin compression matters now more than ever. As dealers adapt to selling cars digitally, or with skeleton crews, monthly sales volumes are on a slippery slope. Though our present industry reality is less than ideal, we aren’t without hope. We have the tools to make every car sale count, to the extent of tipping this month’s scale back into balance, precarious as it may be.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, success, relationships, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, Margin Compression, COVID-19