While we are car guys/gals first, we are also representing the financial institutions that your dealership uses within the walls of your dealership. We have to align our “car guy” thinking with the thinking of a bank or other financial institution. There is never any one deal worth your career or your reputation. I don’t care how big the gross profit or whose friend the customer is. Ruin your reputation, and soon the only question you will have to ask is, “Do you want fries with that?” So put your scanners and exacto knives away, and earn your money like a true professional. WORK FOR IT!
There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are one of the best in the industry and you do it by guarding your reputation with integrity and character. Watch your portfolios, respect your buyers and your banking institutions and guard them as much as you do your dealership. After all, you are speaking for them when you assign a contract to them. Remember, when dealing with these banks they don’t owe you anything. By the same token, they realize you don’t owe them anything, but working together to make a profitable deal for both only improves your reputation with the only people who really matter in this business – the banks. If you aren’t trusted, it doesn’t matter how many dealerships you go to work for. If you can’t get a deal bought without being scrutinized to the hilt, then you will never be successful. Tell them the truth, and make sure it checks out the way you represented it. The worst thing that could happen to anyone in this industry is being caught telling a lie to the bank. That one deal you could have assigned somewhere else without telling a lie, could have cost you four or five deals that were clean as a whistle. It’s just not worth it.
Just do the job the right way, and everything else will take care of itself.
Vol 2, Issue 9