Auto Dealer Today Issue

May 2017

Cover Story
As You Recall
By James S. Ganther, Esq.

The frequency of factory defects spiked in 2014 and has remained high ever since. Compliance expert explains how recalls are slowing the sales and service processes, creating a cottage industry among plaintiffs’ attorneys, and forcing dealers to become students of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Features

No More Excuses

By Tariq Kamal

The editor convenes a dealer brain trust to tackle the product knowledge gap.

Staying Fit on Dealer Hours

By G.P. Anderson

G.P. has practical tips for those who agree that physical fitness affects your attitude and aptitude.

Sink or Swim Since joining the car business in 2015, Cody Finney has proven to be a quick study and a trusted sales consultant at Lone Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

By Tariq Kamal

Former educator and oil field worker Cody Finney has survived and thrived at Lone Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

Falling Sky?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Hudson plays Chicken Little as two New York dealers face the wrath of allegedly overcharged customers.

VR Could Solve the Learning Riddle

By Tony Troussov

Top trainer explores the world of virtual reality, which could one day create a ‘batting cage’ in which green peas would role-play scripts and engage in back-and-forth dialogues with simulated customers — all in the privacy of their own imaginations.

Stop Paying to Sell

By Joel Gordon

Sales manager Joel Gordon makes a three-part argument for abandoning your commission-only pay plan. Learn how guaranteed income creates a wider and deeper talent pool, smooths out the hills and valleys of success, and acknowledges the realities of auto retail in the 21st Century.

Blog

On-the-Point

Jim Ziegler
Don't Run, We Are Your Friends!

By Jim Ziegler
Ziegler remains defiant as alien invaders from distant planets abduct car buyers from the new-car market, aim their ray guns at dealer profitability, and strip your operation of its natural resources.

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

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg sets the record straight on Tesla’s troubled lineup, GM’s European misadventures, and Sergio Marchionne’s endless search for a suitable trading partner.

Convention and Super Bowl Hangovers

By Jim Ziegler

Welcome to Saturation Nation

By Jim Ziegler

Opening Observations

Over the Curb