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3 Ways Your Management Team Can Set Up Your Dealership's Success

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jan 9, 2020 11:30:00 AM

The inception of a new program in your dealership can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The shock factor, followed by fear and trembling and all-out anarchy can be easily avoided when management is a united front. Save the drama and your GSM’s spike in blood pressure by rolling out your accessory program from the top down.


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Topics: Showroom, accessory program, customers, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, guided, profit

3 Ways To Give The Gift Of Accessories This Holiday Season

Posted by Whitney Williams on Dec 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The magic of Christmas is in the air, glimmering off your perfectly waxed showroom vehicles. Everyone knows that the holiday season is a beautiful time to be in the car business. The potential to boost your bottom line this month is something even Walter Hobbs can smile about, and smiling is our favorite. Tell your sales staff to buckle up and make work their favorite, because Santa’s got a brand new bag this December (and it’s full of extra commission). 

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Topics: Showroom, staff, sales, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, profit, customer experience

3 Ways To Maximize Your Accessory Sales This Black Friday

Posted by Whitney Williams on Nov 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

[Updated 11/12/2020]

The stampede is coming, and they’re ready to break the internet. The Black Friday crowd has gone virtual. If 2020 has already set records in e-commerce, imagine the impact of the biggest shopping day of the year. With all the online activity, the day after Thanksgiving is basically just the warm up for Cyber Monday.

Yes, the opportunists are charging their laptops on Black Friday eve, ready to kick this thing off with new car smells. Make this car-shopping season spark joy with mega-profit potential, stellar CSI scores, and repeat business. I hope you upgraded your internet package.

In all the activity, don’t let Vehicle Personalization get lost. You cut your legs out from under yourself when you bypass accessories. This high volume day is the ideal environment for accessory sales, and can even be used to temper the flow online and in store.

Here’s three things Vehicle Personalization can do in the hustle and bustle.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales, accessories installations, success, Accessories sales, creative, increase sales, profit, consulting, cash, customer experience

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

No Tricks, All Treats This Halloween

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

You know what’s terrifying? The amount of high fructose corn syrup America will eat today.

There’s something more horrifying. Dealerships that are still focusing all their efforts on adding profit and neglecting the customer experience.

This Halloween, lavish every customer that darkens your doors with sweet goodness--even the witchy ones.

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Topics: Customer Retention, Presentation Tools, Improve CSI, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, sales, accessory program, seasonal, customers, creative, increase sales, dealer, profit

3 Ways Your Dealership Can Compete With Amazon

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 22, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Amazon. The Colossus of Clout, the 6th love language, and the number one competitor to your dealership’s accessory program. Amazon Prime is over a hundred million users strong, and commonly raking in over a billion dollars on Prime day alone. How could your locally owned dealership compete with Mother Earth? The same way you eat an elephant. One bite at a time

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, millennials, accessories installations, eCommerce, Best Practice, relationships, Accessories sales, creative, increase sales, content, profit

Get Game Day Ready With A Seasonal Accessory Shake Up

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 13, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Once upon a time, Vehicle Personalization met football and fell in love. The two were married in a dealership overlooking a college stadium and began their lives together. Soon, they welcomed a baby, named Tailgating, and it would change the world.

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Topics: Accessories System, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, seasonal, customers, tips, creative, increase sales, preload, Aftermarket, building, dealer, Gross profit, profit, cash

Incentives Makes The Accessory World Merry Go 'Round

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 27, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Vehicle Personalization can be a profitable endeavor for every department.  Getting your sales team excited about your Vehicle Personalization program requires a consistent commission structure. How can your dealership decide what’s right for your team? Consider one of our proven structures to get everybody motivated. 

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, staff, sales, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, Gross profit, profit, consulting, cash

The Dreaded "No" Isn't So Bad When You Have A Plan

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 15, 2019 3:30:00 PM

Isolating and overcoming objections is a key component of any sales process. The process of presenting and selling accessories at the point of sale is no different. Although we strive to make Vehicle Personalization a relaxed shopping experience, we know as the sales professional that your ultimate goal is to make a sale.

That’s why you need a plan to overcome objections from the customer who is unengaged or opposed to spending another dime. We believe that accessories, when handled correctly, can almost sell themselves.

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, accessory program, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, tips, Insignia Group, increase sales, salesman, dealer, profit, consulting

3 Ways To Find Your New Accessories Champion

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 10, 2019 12:00:00 PM

When it comes to selecting an accessory champion for your dealership, there are about three good ways to skin a cat. Dealers should examine their process and store volume to determine who to lean on as their expert in vehicle personalization.

Whether you go the route of a dedicated accessory manager, utilize an emerging leader from your sales team, or mix the two methods together, the key to your success is a well-laid process.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Word Tracks, Reducing Turnover, Increase Profits, Vehicle Personalization, staff, sales team, accessory program, accessories installations, F&I, Best Practice, Accessories sales, increase sales, we-owe, preload, Aftermarket, OE, salesman, building, guided, profit