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.
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
Do girls really run the world? One thing is for sure—they definitely run the Insignia Data Department. Meet the dynamic team of women responsible for the information you rely on to sell accessories. This group of girls keeps the world of digital catalogue in motion, and it’s high time we make them known.
Remember Adventure Subaru, Fayetteville, the dealer who tripped over a loose board in the showroom otherwise known as $20,000 in accessory profit? This income came by sheer customer demand and no process.
Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Customer Success, Dealership, Subaru, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, brand loyalty, sales, Educate, Adventure Subaru, Best Practice, Graduate, graduation
Customer satisfaction is at the top of the short-list of goals at Minnesota’s Dodge of Burnsville and it shows. Dodge of Burnsville is the King of RAM and the first stop for vehicle shoppers in St. Paul, Savage, Minneapolis, and Lakeville. With years of service catering to the community, Dodge of Burnsville is committed to keeping the client happy—and will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.
It’s no secret to anyone in the accessory game that implementing a new step in the sales process can often be a challenge on the showroom floor. Whether it’s opposition from the sales staff or back of the house, even the most well-organized dealership has experienced a hiccup or two with new programs.
In fact, getting the sales team and all appropriate departments on board has been one of the dealership’s biggest hang-ups to getting involved in vehicle personalization regardless of brand or location. The good news is, it’s really a misconception needing to be debunked with a bit of creativity--and Jaguar Land Rover Charlotte took the initiative.
When it comes to deciding how to stock your electronic accessory catalog, the name of the game is “both/and”. Yes, OE and aftermarket accessories are the new Ying and Yang, existing in perfect harmony within your parts department. As a best practice tip, strategically lay out your physical and on-screen display with OE’s most likely to succeed, and fill in the gaps with wisely sourced aftermarket.
The Twin Cities Carlson Toyota is kicking accessory sales into high gear with a strategy focusing on best practice tips. Carlson Toyota has been on Insignia’s Guided Development program since 2016. The Guided Development program joins dealer and local Vehicle Personalization Expert in the quest for a sustainable, profitable personalization process that unfolds over a period of months, and is continually nurtured by our skilled consultants.
As an Insignia VPE, I do a lot of training during my guided visits. I emphasize the same lesson when training associates with proven success and those who have never presented Vehicle Personalization before: consistency of presentation. To be victorious you have to show up first.
I don’t care what kind of experience you’ve had with the customer. Make a Vehicle Personalization presentation! According to industry statistics, 9/10 of your customers WILL personalize their vehicle within 90 days of purchasing it with anything from fuzzy dice to a truck cap. Why not offer them all the opportunity to integrate it into their purchase?
Topics: Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Improve CSI, Increase Profits, Customer Success, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, Educate, customers, F&I, Best Practice, service, Insignia Group, configurator, increase sales
As the fiscal year begins to wrap up, dealer management is looking forward to a new year, new budget strategy, and shiny new numbers all in black. There’s not a dealer from here to Malaysia (beyond Malaysia, who knows) that’s not shooting for more profit in the subsequent year. The mantra we’re trying to get our dealer’s to follow in this season of new beginning is cease striving. You already have everything you need to increase gross profit for your store.
The we-owe document is a staple of the automotive world. This invaluable document originated out of a need to protect both dealer and customer, but stacks of paper documents leave both parties wanting.
Documentation is the key to professionalism and protection, so why take any risks when it comes to such an important step in the sale? Effectively protecting the dealership’s interest and providing that same comfort for your client saves time and confusion for all involved.
It’s time to bury the paper we-owe for good.
Topics: Accessories System, Customer Retention, Improve CSI, Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Educate, customers, eCommerce, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, configurator, online catalog, increase sales, we-owe