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3 Considerations For Choosing a Lead-In Product

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

These are unique times for the automotive industry. Online car sales are surpassing what we're used to, while in-person sales are transforming to fit the times. Unfortunately, accessories can fall by the wayside when we're hyper-focused on moving metal. After all, many dealerships are merely surviving. How can a salesperson offer accessories online without losing the customer's interest? How can an in-person sale survive the perceived "extra step" of an accessory presentation?

The reality is, accessories can cushion your bottom line. After all the hard falls we had this spring, we could all use some extra cushion now. So don't neglect the incredible profit potential Vehicle Personalization has to offer! Lead in to your lead-in products for an easy transition from car sale to accessory presentation.

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Topics: Process Training, Dealership, accessories, Accessories sales, tips, online catalog, increase sales, profit, tailgating, Lead in, Lead

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

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

2 Ways to Choose an Accessory Champion to Set Up Your Success

Posted by Whitney Williams on Nov 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The task of selecting an accessory champion for your dealership can be harrowing. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach and without a compass, dealers may find their accessory program suffering. To begin, management should examine both process and store volume to determine who to lean on as the personalization expert. 

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Improve CSI, Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, customers, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, salesman, profit, consulting, customer experience

Best Practice: Eliminating Paper We-Owe

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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.

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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

Selling Auto Accessories Online For Fun And Profit: A How To

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

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 several years. Consumers are more accustomed to buying parts and accessories online, and 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 ecommerce retailers to get established. If you're a first time "etailer," 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

Behind your configurator is a Renaissance man

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 6, 2018 1:02:40 PM

It was the 1970s in a suburban neighborhood in Shelby, North Carolina. Preschool paleontologist hopeful, James Brooks, was pouring over his newest dinosaur book from the local library when his highly detailed young mind zeroed in on it. National Geographic had clearly, unapologetically illustrated a dinosaur’s hand in the improper position and with too many fingers.

James couldn’t stand for it.

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Topics: Presentation Tools, Process Training, Marketing, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, staff, Insignia Group, creative, graphics, configurator, online catalog

3 Ways to Get Jazzed About Accessories and Leasing

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In 2018, my dad is even talking about leasing a car. This is the same guy that is adamantly opposed to renting a house, and until lately would have never considered a lease. My dad always said you should never throw your money at something every month that you won’t eventually own.

But even Dad is raising his eyebrows at the opportunity to bring home a really nice vehicle at a fixed cost and turn it right back in when (Mom) is ready for a new one.  You won’t believe this, but my dad isn’t the only one that is on to something.

Turns out basically all of America got the same direct mailer because leasing is on the up and up, and still upping. If you’re not fully versed in the ease, joy, and beauty of accessorizing a leased vehicle, then get ready to be dazzled, my friend. Presenting personalization can’t be any easier than to your lease guy (or gal). *

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Presentation Tools, Process Training, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, staff, sales team, accessories installations, customers, leasing

Best Practice: 3 ways to educate, not sell

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Your customer relies on you for many things: your expertise, flexibility, free coffee, and detective skills.

It’s not up to the person walking in the dealership to know all the personalization options available that make their car driving experience safer, more fun, more fancy, more attractive, or more social media post-worthy. As a sales person, changing your mindset from pitching another product to educating the customer on their options will make a world of difference.

Truly, you’ll do your customer a disservice by not presenting them with useful and exciting accessories for the second largest purchase OF THEIR LIFE. No pressure--but how might one know what to suggest?

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Presentation Tools, Increase Profits, Process Training, Questions, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, Best Practice

Toyota of Portland: Vehicle Personalization Gives New Hire Chance to Succeed

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 27, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you thought middle school gym class was nerve wracking, how about your first day in car sales?

Being the fresh face on the sales floor can be intense. There’s a lot to be learned and plenty of competition. While healthy dealerships foster a team atmosphere that builds each individual up, a desire to prove oneself is prevalent in the showroom.

With incentive checks, recognition, and promotions at stake, it’s no wonder that every good salesperson wants to be number one. When that need to achieve is nurtured in a good-natured environment, these highly motivated salespeople lay a sturdy foundation for profitable dealerships to build upon. But how do dealerships acculturate the new guy (or gal) to the competition without discouraging them?

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Topics: Accessory News, Increase Profits, Process Training, Toyota, Dealership, accessories, staff, sales team, sales, accessories installations, Educate