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New Guided Client Selling Like A Veteran

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Harry Brown’s Family Automotive in Faribault, Minnesota skipped crawling, felt no need to walk, and went directly from rolling over to sprinting as an infant client. This Guided Development customer is the new child prodigy as they make leaps and bounds in record time. Vehicle Personalization Expert, Kurt Daughtery, is the proud father and is already predicting this kid puts himself through college as we all stand in awe of the remarkable progress they’ve made in their first full month using the program.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Improve CSI, Service Conversions, Reducing Turnover, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, salesman, dealer, mopar, guided

Toyota Salesman Attracting Customers Nationwide

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 7, 2019 12:30:00 PM
What do Motor Trend channel, Jay Leno’s garage, and Toyota Jeff have in common? They’re all successful YouTubers.
 
Don’t know Toyota Jeff? Looking him up may change your automotive career and leave you with a few tidbits that sprung this Carolina salesmen’s following to over 21,000 loyal subscribers. We caught up with Jeff to see what’s building his brand and attracting Toyota enthusiasts from all over the country. 
 
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Topics: Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Marketing, Toyota, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales team, brand loyalty, accessories installations, customers, drive, relationships, tips, creative, YouTube, fred anderson toyota, salesman, building

Old Dog Young Dog Same Trick

Posted by Jason Ludwig on Feb 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM

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?

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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

3 Ways To Put Your Preload Program To Work For You

Posted by Whitney Williams on Feb 13, 2019 12:15:00 PM

In a fictional study never performed, 100% of dealers admitted their preloading program was one of their biggest factors hindering them from selling accessories in the showroom.

Jokes aside, this really is a common theme that dealers are often getting snagged on.  We all know that vehicle personalization is a multi-billion dollar industry, but with popular vehicles preloaded on the lot and showroom floor, dealers shy away from bringing up additional add-ons to their customer. The result? The customer just buys what they need somewhere else.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Word Tracks, Reducing Turnover, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, staff, sales, accessory program, Best Practice, drive, Accessories sales, Insignia Group, Land Rover, Jaguar, increase sales, we-owe, preload

Unsung Heroes: OE Field Managers

Posted by Whitney Williams on Feb 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM

 It’s a proven fact that following Insignia’s best practice tips will add thousands, sometimes millions in gross profit to your dealership in a calendar year. Sometimes, however, the stars align and a beautiful ballet of synchronization between corporation and consultant produce a stage-worthy performance, far beyond what’s hoped for.

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Topics: Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, brand loyalty, sales, accessory program, JLR, F&I, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, Insignia Group, Land Rover, Jaguar, reatailers, increase sales

Learn How Dealers Can Leverage YouTube To Sell Accessories

Posted by Jason Lancaster on Dec 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

YouTube offers tremendous opportunities for dealers. By observing a few Internet video best practices, you can promote vehicles, sell accessories, and build a fan base from this one platform. Here are two examples of auto dealers that promote vehicles and sell accessories with video that we can all learn from.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Marketing, Toyota, Dealership, Subaru, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Luther Brookdale, Adventure Subaru, creative, content, social media, YouTube

3 ways to personalize your personalization catalogue

Posted by Whitney Williams on Dec 6, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Our “have it your way” society is hungry for more monogram stickers, a broader array of window tint options, engines that purr in another language, and decoupage. Dealer principals all over America are behind closed doors pouring over staggering statistics about vehicle personalization. Some laugh with delight, others cry at the seemingly insurmountable behemoth.

Whether you find joy or sorrow in the multi-billion dollar “uniquely mine” industry, one thing remains true: this consumer trend isn’t going away. So how can a dealer effectively keep climbing a mountain that’s still growing? Stay active, grasshopper.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Improve CSI, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales team, Accessories sales, online catalog, increase sales

How to Sell Auto Accessories Online

Posted by Jason Lancaster on Sep 26, 2018 1:35:00 PM

*updated August 10, 2021

Thinking about selling auto parts online for the first time? Online parts sales are growing steadily year over year, and this growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Right now consumers are becoming more accustomed to buying parts and accessories online. Fortunately, the tools for selling parts and accessories online have never been better.

Still, while it's a great time to start selling parts and accessories online, it's also difficult for new e-commerce retailers to get established. If this is the first time you’re looking for an auto parts e-commerce platform, there are some things you can do to maximize your odds of success and avoid common mistakes.

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Topics: Accessories System, Improve CSI, Increase Profits, Process Training

3 Reasons why your service drive should be your strong arm

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 2, 2018 11:15:00 AM

It’s past time to stop putting all our eggs into the front of the house’s basket. The service department has an incredible opportunity to create a lasting relationship, build repeat business, generate referrals, upsell, and generally add sprinkles and butterflies to the customer experience.

Selling accessories at the point of sale brings customers (cheerfully) into the service department (sans selling a vehicle with accessories already installed). Your customer is pleased to return to get their accessories installed, and the door of opportunity is flung wide open.

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Topics: Accessories System, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, accessories installations, Educate, customers, Best Practice, success, service, drive, relationships

Top 3 reasons service writers are your best sales people

Posted by Patrick Blackburn on Jul 25, 2018 11:30:00 AM

When I visit a dealership to help them devise strategies that will increase their accessory sales, several common themes appear. All (well, most) parts departments are heavily focused on selling accessories. That’s their job. Fewer stores have their sales teams focused on this part of their business, though most agree that this is something they should be practicing consistently. Almost no stores focus on the department that interacts with their entire customer base—the service department.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, accessory program, Educate, customers, Best Practice, service writers