One of the more interesting things I’ve discovered over the years is that unless a dealership has a really large body shop or does a big job in wholesale parts, that the difference between the used car inventory and the parts inventory runs about 75%.
In other words, if you have $1,000,000 tied up in used cars you probably have less than $250,000 tied up in parts. Now here’s the most amusing part. Every dealership has a dedicated parts manager. Not every dealership has a dedicated person handling used cars.
It is not unusual for someone to be serving double duty and sort of handling used cars. Sometimes it’s the desk manager. Sometimes it’s the sales manager. Sometimes it’s the general sales manager. Sometimes it’s the general manager.
The conventional skills we once looked for in the person managing our used car inventory have no doubt changed over the years, but what hasn’t changed is that somebody has to “own the department.” Without ownership the department is left to run itself.
Using my example you have a dedicated parts manager managing a $250,000 inventory that actually goes up in value each day.
On the used car side you have $1,000,000 tied up going down in value each day without a dedicated manager.
You might be sitting there saying, “Hey, wait a minute that’s not our dealership.”
Sometimes even when you have a dedicated manager, they aren’t dedicated.
Either way this might be you. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs