Advice You Didn’t Ask For

1. Study The Data- Be a student of the game. Use Auto Count’s Reports each month to confirm what’s selling and what’s not. Use vAuto’s stocking tool to determine the fastest moving units to stock. Combine those reports with Auto Trader’s reports and you will have a competitive edge. The more units you step up on the more cars you sell at retail.

2. Press Your Cost Down-This is probably the simplest and most effective thing you can do to improve your business. Know what your average cost per unit is every day and do what you can to reduce it. There is no magical number. It’s about keeping the less expensive units and making sure the more expensive ones turn fast.

3. Know Your ROI-Every deal should be tracked for ROI. As you are working a deal you not only need to know how much gross you have, but what the ROI is. Go to and plug in three numbers. Shoot for 110 to 120% ROI. By knowing your ROI you will know what’s working and what’s not.

4. Attack the 10 Most Expensive Units in Stock-Make a list each day of your 10 most expensive units in stock. With one exception make sure they are priced really, really right. The one exception is if you know you always make money on a unit that’s on the list then use some common sense, don’t give it away. Consider putting bonus money on those 10 units regardless of the number of days they have been in stock.

5. Life Cycle Management- There is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do that will improve all aspects of your used car business more than understanding my process of “Life Cycle Management.” Think Fast, Be Fast-You are working with a depreciating asset. Pull the trigger quickly on units that you are suspicious about. Don’t hang on to them hoping and wishing something good is going to happen. Early losses are far better than late losses. If you are paying attention and recognizing problem units early in the life cycle then you will have a lot less need to lose money on them at 45 or 60 days. Knowing how to use EWR (Early Warning Radar) pays big dividends.

That’s enough for now. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs