Improving Gross Profit Part 2

1. Can you reduce your recon cost? Are you being as efficient as you can possibly be? Does service have carte blanche? Is service still selling the used car department the same old same old?

2. Would you sell more units if you could keep more units? In other words, are you letting some of your less expensive units get wholesaled because they cost too much to recon?

Try using this coupon to encourage your used car manager to keep and retail some of that cheaper stuff. It’s found gross profit.

3. Can you speed up reconditioning? Very few of you really know how long it takes to get a car through service and clean up. Is your sales management team constantly crying about how slow service is? Might be some truth to it. Check it out. “It’s not the big that will eat the small, it’s the fast that will eat the slow.” Our Recon Tool will show where the pitfalls are. It’s easy to use and doesn’t create brain damage.

4. Re-evaluate your packs. Have they outlived their usefulness? Are packs ultimately affecting your average gross in a negative way? Are they giving you a false picture?

Dale Pollak refers to packs as taxing yourself. I think we are all taxed way too much. If you got rid of packs could you buy and trade for more units? If you bought and traded for more units, wouldn’t you sell more units? If you sold more units wouldn’t you have more gross going to the bottom line?

5. Have you made an all-out effort to convince your sales and management staff to sell the value of your company, your product and the fact that you have the best prices in the market? You’re becoming a one-price dealer whether you want to or not. Deal with it.

6. Re-think what you are stocking and the when, how and how often you tweak your pricing. Far too often prices are not massaged soon enough so you end up pricing your cars at the end of the cycle at crappy grosses.

It’s also important to know which units you can shoot the moon on. You don’t have to give everything away, but you have to know the difference between a unit that you can make gross on and a unit that needs to be moved quickly. Know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

It’s a safe bet that anything you have that’s 45 to 60 days old isn’t going to make you much money. Lord help you if you have units over 60. Retailing out of that hot mess alone will eventually improve your gross.

There are many parts to improving gross profit. Look for Part 3 next week.

That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs

You Can Average $3000 on Front Gross Profit

You can make an average of $3,000 per unit on front gross profit. Yep, you can do it.

Achieving $3,000 on the front is easy enough to do. It really is.

You can do it overnight. Yes, all of you can. I believe in you and I know you can do it.

When dealers are screaming about low grosses, they often point to the fact that their cars are priced too low on the internet and therefore the easiest solution is to increase the prices.

The fact is you can improve your grosses dramatically overnight by increasing your prices. I mean really, if you don’t ask for it how do you ever think you will get it? Remember you can always go down but it’s impossible to go up.

Yep, that works for me. Raise your prices, ask for more and you will get more. Gross has always been a state of mind. Whatever mindset you are in then you can achieve it.

So, right now, right this minute, right this second, all of you need to stop giving your cars away, raise your prices and the grosses will go up.

As good as that all sounds there are a number of little problems with raising your prices:

1. Your used car volume is going immediately in the tank.

2. Your total gross is also going so far south you will lose your butt.

3. Your profits are going to be pooh pooh because you have totally cut off the spigot of cars going through service.

4. Stealing trades will become the norm and new car volume will go into the tank because you are reluctant to step up.

Doing used car volume and achieving high used car average gross goes against the laws of nature.

I’m not saying you can’t improve your grosses, but the days of doing $3,000, $2,500, and in some cases $2,000 are history.

Your best opportunity to improve your overall business is to improve your volume. Improving volume improves business in all your departments.

You can’t spend average gross profit. You can spend total gross profit.

Stay tuned for part 2 next week when I’ll give you some realistic tips for actually improving gross profit.

That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs

How Fast Are You?

I’m not talking about turning your used cars faster. I’m talking about picking up how fast you walk. The tempo of your gait says a lot about you. If you want to energize your team you first have to energize yourself.

If you know me, you know I’m not a very patient person. One of the things that drives me nuts is when people waddle along on a moving sidewalk.

If you’ve ever traveled through the Atlanta airport, I’m sure you’ve seen the moving sidewalks that come to an end, you get off, walk about 25 feet and get onto another one.

I was recently on one with a group walking like a buffalo herd that had just eaten a massive meal. After the exit, I decided to see if I could out-walk them on the side while they walked on the moving sidewalk. Of course, I won.

When you pick up your speed, you energize yourself. When you energize yourself, you energize your team. Speed and energy go together.

Slow walkers tend to think slow and move slow. Not only are they slow, but they are also slowing down everyone around them. By and large, they aren’t going anywhere. It’s obvious that wherever they are going isn’t important or they’d be in more of a hurry to get there.

People who walk fast want to get somewhere fast. But more than that, fast walkers are people that have high energy and are go-getters. Fast walkers are confident, courageous and all about having a no-fuss in life. They expect other people to keep up with them and they have a low tolerance for those not in a hurry to get things done.

They often don’t tolerate a lot of words and if they do, they want you to spit it out fast and get on with it.

Think fast.
Talk fast.
Move fast.

That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs

Do You Want To Own Your Own Business?

Most of my messages are geared toward management, but today I want to talk to your sales staff. You should forward this to every salesperson on your team and suggest they sign up for my newsletters.

If you’re a salesperson, I want to help you re-frame what you do every day and what a great opportunity you might be missing. If you’re in management, this is a message you need to share with all.

Have you ever wanted to be in business for yourself?

Have you ever thought about going into business, to get someone else to invest the money and you reap the rewards?

Welcome to the amazing world of the automobile business:

You have free office space.

You get rewarded based on how hard you work.

You have opportunities for advancement.

You have healthcare, vacation and retirement opportunities and Christmas bonus programs.

You have a management team working to help you be productive.

You have a free computer system.

You have a CRM/DMS and other software provided free of charge.

You have staff and technicians available to handle customer problems.

You have free marketing, advertising, and a website developer.

You have an administrative staff to help process your deals, DMV work, etc.

You have millions of dollars of inventory to sell with zero personal investment.

You get special spiffs/incentives from the factory.

You get all the free training/coaching that you can stand.

You have a detail/clean up department that gets your vehicles ready for delivery.

You don’t have to pay a penny for phone, electricity and other utilities.

You can demand an assistant when you become productive enough.

You have an Internet/BDC department begging you to take leads.

You have free janitorial service.

You have free coffee.

You have your own personal financial officer (F&I) working to put your deals together.

You work out of a multi-million dollar facility located on prime real estate.

You have an opportunity of a lifetime with no personal financial investment.

You need to “own” your own business. That’s all I’m
gonna say, Tommy Gibbs