Choices We Make

You’ve made a choice and the odds are pretty good that you may not be happy with the choice you’ve made. You may have chosen to do volume or shoot for a high average gross profit.

Your struggle may be that you’re not generating enough total gross profit based upon your choice.

Let me remind you that the only thing that is really important is how much total gross you are generating. I always say, “You cannot spend average gross profit. You can only spend total gross profit.”

It’s a contradiction to say to your staff that you expect both high volume and high gross per unit. They stay confused and frustrated when you keep pounding them over the head with this misdirection and sleight of hand marching orders.

I’m sure somewhere out there someone is making it happen on both ends, but it is certainly the exception and not the rule. So, you need to get over it.

It’s a given that more than 80% of the people shopping for a used car shop the Internet. If you think you are going to post high prices or no prices out on the Internet and traffic is going to show up then you are dead wrong. The Internet is a “game changer” for all of you regardless of your new car franchise or set of circumstances.

You have to decide if you want to play the game. More importantly you have to decide if you want to win the game.

It’s a game. There are winners and losers. As Dr. Seuss said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose…”

Taking this leap into the volume world means rewriting your overall strategy from acquisition to staffing, pay plans, reconditioning, marketing, and pricing.

Failing to address any of these will result in frustration and poor production and you may find yourself worse off than you are right now.

The bottom line should be to increase your total gross profit. It’s not done by improving your average. It’s done by maintaining a respectable gross and substantially improving
your volume. Small market or big market, it doesn’t matter.

The Internet has opened the world up to you and you have to decide if you want to be in either that world or your own little world. Your little world has limitations.

The Internet world does not. That’s all I’m gonna say. Tommy Gibbs