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January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Live Beyond Your Goals

By Rico Glover

Reaching your professional peak is only one leg of the journey toward a fulfilling life.

Tags: Career Advice, sales

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Nude Photos as Bargaining Chips?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

A lawsuit against a Georgia dealership claims a disagreement over a trade-in led to a misguided attempt at blackmail.

Tags: Lawsuit, social media

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Set Your Cybersecurity Fears Aside

By Steve Cottrell

Have you received letters from your providers that were full of intimidating technical phrasings — things like 'unacceptable levels of risk/control' and 'data integrity issues'? Those terms certainly sound scary, but as Franklin D. Roosevelt once opined, 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'

Tags: Authenticom, Cyber Security, DealerVault, DMS, DMS integration, Stephen Contrell

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Minimize Your Loaner Losses

By Brian Ludlow

Accounting expert offers a three-step plan for recovering loss of use and value on loaner car damage claims.

Tags: Claims Payment, Loaner Vehicle, losses, Vehicle Damage

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

When Your Controller Leaves You

By Harlene Doane

What is the worst thing a dealer wants to endure in the dealership? Near the top of the list, just below a DMS conversion, is when your controller or office manager (if that’s your highest-level HR talent) gives notice.

Tags: controller, Hiring, Human Resources

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Overtime, Schmovertime

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

The new federal overtime rules are on hold, but dealers still may face a series of difficult decisions.

Tags: Fair Labor Standards Act, Overtime, salary

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

Let’s Do This

Sales professional Tracy Heid is flanked by (from left) owners Steve Ganser and pat McNamar and General Sales Manager Bryan Popp in Mad City Mitsubishi's showroom.

By Tariq Kamal

Former police chief Tracy Heid capped a whirlwind first year at Mad City Mitsubishi by hitting the 40-car mark and earning 2016 Sales Pro of the Year honors.

Tags: sales, Sales Professional of the Year

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Develop Good Habits and Dominate in 2017

Photo by Serge Melki

By Tony Troussov

It’s a new year and a great time to sharpen your dealer skillset. Top trainer lays out a five-step plan.

Tags: Customer Service, employees, management, sales, sales training

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Service Advisors Are Working Overtime

By Jeffrey Brecher

The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.

Tags: compliance, Department of Labor, employment, Encino Motorcars, Hiring, Jeffrey Brecher, management, Overtime

January 2017, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Is 2017 the Year of Telematics?

The author believes 2017 will mark the year telematics technology makes its mark in the retail automotive segment. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard Space Center

By Mike Esposito

Dealers and their sales and service teams must prepare for a watershed moment in vehicle technology this year.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, sales, telematics

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

It’s 2017. Expect More From Your DMS.

Revelers cheer New Year’s fireworks in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo by Andrés Aguiluz Rios

By Kai Nielsen

The reach of new technology extends to your dealer management system, and you should demand a solution that exceeds your expectations.

Tags: digital retailing, DMS, DMS integration, technology

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

No Challenge Too Great

Tracy Heid

By Stephanie Forshee

In the third act of an action-packed professional life, Tracy Heid is thriving as a salesperson at Wisconsin’s Mad City Mitsubishi.

Tags: Promotions, Sales Performance, Sales Professional of the Month

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Social Awareness

By David Gesualdo

The publisher seeks expert advice for making social marketing work for dealers.

Tags: Dealer's Choice Awards, social media

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

6 Ways to Get Used

By Jason Heard

Your pre-owned inventory could be your most undervalued tool. GSM offers six keys to maximizing the market value of every used unit.

Tags: pre-owned, sales, Used Vehicles

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Physician, Heal Thyself

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The CFPB’s inability to master the basic vocabulary of automotive finance does a disservice to the consumers whose interests it is charged with protecting.

Tags: Auto Loans, CFPB, Finance, Law, Regulations

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Sexual Harassment in the Dealership

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

Improper and hostile workplace behavior takes many forms, and ignorance is no excuse.

Tags: compliance, Crime, training, workplace

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

How to Be More Social

By Tariq Kamal

Social marketing experts from dealerships around the country share advice for starting a meaningful dialogue with your community, generating organic, in-market leads, and calculating your return on investment.

Tags: Online Marketing, social media, social media marketing

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Owning It

By David Gesualdo

The publisher joins the ranks of the Jeep enthusiasts and rediscovers the auto industry’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Tags: Accessory Market, entrepreneur, Jeep

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Dare to Be Grateful

By G.P. Anderson

Closing the gratitude gap raises your personal and professional ceiling and has a reverberating effect on everyone you encounter.

Tags: Customer Service, employee retention, Finance Manager

December 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Straight Shooter

Photo by Michelle Warren Photography

By Tariq Kamal

Amy Bannor’s no-nonsense approach to sales has paid dividends for Fargo, N.D.’s Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Tags: sales, Sales Professional of the Month

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Paranoia or Real Danger?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The CFPB really is following you, and every mistake you make in the showroom and in your advertising can lead to an enforcement action.

Tags: advertising, CFPB, Legal, Showroom

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Lawsuit Ticking Behind You

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

Unguarded customer data is a reliable source of income for identity thieves and a largely underestimated threat to auto dealers.

Tags: Cyber Security, data protection, FTC, Lawsuit

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Magic Beans and Giants

By Ronald J. Reahard

Top trainer offers a four-step process for improving F&I productivity and profitability in an era marked by a growing demand for transparency and real value.

Tags: F&I, F&I training, productivity, Profitability

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

How to Build a Loyalty Program

By Brian Schmid

Expert offers a five-step plan to build your service business, encourage existing customers to visit more often, and boost sales of service contracts and accessories.

Tags: Customer Loyalty, Customer Service, Parts and Service, sales

November 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Hearts and Heads

David Gesualdo

By David Gesualdo

The publisher reflects on the tortuous path toward compliance education and certification.

Tags: certification, compliance, Event, training

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Here Comes the Fuzz

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The CFPB has elected to forgo the rulemaking process and rely on enforcement to hammer businesses in the name of consumer protection.

Tags: CFPB, consumer protection, Regulations

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Catch a Fresh Fish

By Tony Troussov

Has your pool of quality applicants dried up? Trainer offers four new ways to find top performers in unexpected places.

Tags: employee, F&I, F&I training, Hiring

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Don’t Let Ex-Employees Steal Your Data

By Erik Nachbahr

IT expert explains how data theft happens, the possible implications, and five ways to prevent it at your store.

Tags: Cyber Security, Data, data protection, employee theft

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

The Adventures of Super Sue

Located in “pickup country” on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, Finneron Hyundai boasts a 12% market share for a brand that averages 8% nationwide. 

By Tariq Kamal

The father-and-daughter team of Mike and Sue Finneron built Canada’s No. 1 Hyundai dealership on the site of their disenfranchised Pontiac store.

Tags: Canada, Dealers, Hyundai, sales

October 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

How to Get Bonded With Bad Credit

Photo: Kevin Cabral

By Todd Bryant

Expert offers a six-point checklist for dealers who bring past credit challenges to the surety bond application process.

Tags: Accounting, Credit, Finance

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Confessions of a DMS Expert

Sharon Kitzman

By Tariq Kamal

ADT gets the inside edge with Dealertrack DMS’s Sharon Kitzman.

Tags: Dealertrack, DMS

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Dealership Family Values

By Jason Heard

General sales manager offers three tips for treating employees like family — without all the drama.

Tags: employee retention, employees, Family

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

No Privity? No Problem!

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

An Oregon dealer learned that enforcement of the federal Truth in Mileage Act can include tracing the chain of ownership back to the original seller.

Tags: mileage, Odometer Fraud

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Condition Reports: Let’s Get Digital

By Shane Skinner

Paper documentation is hurting your service department’s bottom line. Here’s how to fix it.

Tags: Customer Service, digital, documentation

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Optimize PPM for Service Retention

By Ryan Williams

Is easy and effective service retention too good to be true? Prepaid maintenance expert offers advice for keeping your shop at capacity.

Tags: Customer Retention, Parts and Service, PPM

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

3 Ways to Boost Upsell and Compensation

By Jim Leman

By improving the customer experience, creating a spiff program, and financing repairs, you will create new opportunities to increase your service revenue — and your advisors’ paychecks.

Tags: compensation, Customer Experience, maintenance upsell, Repairs

September 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

The Master at Work

Steve Travis has been a member of the Liberty Toyota staff since 1978 and has earned a number of awards, including nomination to the 2014 Assembly of Champions. Photo: Brent Asay

By Tariq Kamal

As a Master Diagnostic Technician and Toyota Assembly of Champions honoree, Steve Travis has delivered 38 years of service and international recognition to Larry H. Miller Liberty Toyota.

Tags: Dealers, Maintenance, Toyota, vehicle diagnostics

August 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Doctor Is In

Photo: Peter Duffy

By Stephanie Forshee

Howard ‘Doc’ Schwartz has technically been in the car business for 50 years, but he treats every day like it’s his first.

Tags: sales, Sales Professional of the Month

August 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Sweat the Small Stuff

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

When it comes to regulations such as Truth in Lending and Reg Z, there are no technicalities, only violations.

Tags: Legal, Regulation Z, Truth in Lending Act, Violations

August 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Get More Out of Facebook

By Cliff VanMeter

Use the 1-2-3 method for managing engagement on Facebook and the Rule of 5 to keep from becoming overbearing.

Tags: Customer Engagement, digital marketing, Facebook

August 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

3 Keys to Millennial Training

By Tony Troussov

Dealers are using relatable content, brevity, and new technology to design new training modules for their youngest staffers.

Tags: Millennials, sales training, training

August 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

How to Hit the Microtarget

By Troy Smith

Dealers are driving timely, relevant communications with data-driven microtargeting. Digital marketing expert explains how it’s done and why it works.

Tags: Data, digital marketing, target marketing

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Boiling Point

David Gesualdo

By David Gesualdo

The Dealers’ Choice Awards reflect the will of the voters and the temperature of the industry.

Tags: Awards, Dealers Choice Award

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Good News for Dealers Who Love Bad News

By Rico Glover

Whether you realize it or not, intent-based search optimization is making or breaking your digital marketing campaigns.

Tags: Customer Retention, Online Marketing, SEO

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Starting in Gear

Courtesy Toyota of Vineland (N.J.)

By Stephanie Forshee

Harry Klekos puts his all into his first meeting with each customer, and he expects them to be just as upfront as he is.

Tags: customer satisfaction, sales, Sales Professional of the Month, Sales Tactics

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Dealer ‘Clipped’ for $2.4 Million

There is no law against welding two undamaged vehicles together, but attempting to hide the "new" vehicle's history can cause more trouble than it's worth.

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

A South Carolina dealer learned the hard way that concealing damage to a used vehicle can result in costs that far outweigh its value.

Tags: Lawsuit, Legal, Used Vehicles

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

4 Benefits of Centralized Accounting

By Eric Marcel

Multistore dealers are using centralized accounting practices to improve consistency, productivity, and customer and partner relationships — and, most importantly, save time and money.

Tags: Accounting, Dealers, Dealership

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

How to Improve Your Recon Turn

By Dennis McGinn

Dealers are using time-to-market to improve reconditioning processes, reduce costs, and maximize profits on used-vehicle sales.

Tags: inventory, Rapid Recon, Used Vehicles

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

So Many Products, So Little Time

By Ronald J. Reahard

With finance reserve under attack, dealers must be increasingly selective when it comes to F&I products. Top trainer offers guidelines for choosing the products that offer the most value to your dealership and your customers.

Tags: F&I, F&I products, training

July 2016, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

World War Gen Z

By Mike Burgiss

Members of Generation Z are the anti-Millennials, and they’re coming to a dealership near you.

Tags: Car Buyers, Generation Z, sales, sales training

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Jim Ziegler
All Things Must Pass

By Jim Ziegler
Ziegler mourns the loss of Gregg Allman as Ford and Hyundai shake up their leadership teams and Carvana struggles to stay afloat.

Join the Battle of Jericho

By Jim Ziegler
Ziegler has harsh words for the so-called geniuses behind escalating factory incentives, political support for autonomous vehicles, AutoNation's 'millennial-friendly' pay plan, and the Carvana IPO.

Don't Run, We Are Your Friends!

By Jim Ziegler

The Future Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be

By Jim Ziegler

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