Was Last Month Defined By Two Simple Words?

Was your last month defined by these two words…”If only”?

“If only…”

The Dealer Principal

“If only” I had asked my Managers “What is your plan for
increasing Profit this month?” and held them accountable for their replies.

“If only” I had taken a walk every day and made it my
mission to talk to Sales and Service Customers, introduce myself and say “Is
there anything I can do to help you today while you are here at our
Dealership?”

“If only” I had walked through the Dealership and asked
my personnel “What is there about your job you like to do?”

“If only” I had walked through the Dealership and asked
my personnel “What is there about your job you don’t like?”

“If only” I had asked the Service Manager “What is your
daily routine when you come into work in the morning…in other words…walk me
through the first 10 things you do every day.”

“If only” I asked the Service Manager “What is your plan
for getting Labor Margins to 75%?” and the Parts Manager “What is your plan for
getting the Parts Margins to 45%?” and held them accountable for their actions.

“If only” I had asked the Service Advisors “How do you do
a Walk-a-round?” and let them demonstrate it to me.

“If only” I had asked the Service Advisors “What does it
mean to ask for a Pre-authorized amount when writing a repair order?” and then
observed them doing it.

“If only” I asked my shuttle drivers to take me with some
Customers on a shuttle ride so I could see how they were treating the most
valuable asset I have…My Customers.

“If only” I had been more involved in the daily business of my Dealership. What would have happened? Would I have been able to influence the outcome?

“If only…”

General Manager

“If only” I had held a meeting in which I asked the
Service Manager and the Parts Manager “What is your plan for increasing Gross
Profit…increasing Repair Order Count…increasing CSI?” and held him/her
accountable for their actions.

“If only” I had held a meeting in which I asked the Parts
Manager “What is your plan for increasing Item Transactions…Gross Profit
Margins…Wholesale Item Transactions?” and held them accountable for his/her
reply.

“If only” I had walked through the Service Department
once a day and introduced myself and asked my customers “Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

“If only” I had walked through the Service and Parts
Departments and asked Dealership personnel “Is there something preventing you from doing your absolute best?”

“If only” I had weekly meetings with my Fixed Operations
Managers and asked them “How are we doing in meeting our monthly objectives and what can I do to help you get there?”

“If only” I had taken the time to have a monthly meeting
with the Fixed Operations personnel and congratulated them on something that
they did well.

“If only” I had been less tied to my desk where I only
hear what people want me to hear. Would I have been able to prevent a bad  month from happening.

“If only”

Service Manager

“If only” I had been in the Service Drive every day
especially during the busiest times to work with my Advisors and help them
become more Professional.

“If only” I had taken the time to be available to the Technicians
and Advisors especially during the busiest times and help them overcome
problems with production.

“If only” I had coached my Advisors every day on the
previous days results using the reports from the DMS.

“If only” I had coached my Technicians every day on the
previous days results using the reports from the DMS.

“If only” I had taken the time to introduce myself to my
customers and asked them “Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

“If only” I had asked my Service Advisors to demonstrate
an ASR presentation and then coached them on the results…again and again.

“If only” I had reviewed the Customer Pay Repair Orders
with the Advisors and Technicians and coached not only on what was wrong, I
also coached them on what was done right.

“If only” I had taken control of my month.

Everybody

“If only” I had accepted responsibility for my actions,
held myself accountable for what I needed to do, made changes when necessary
and reviewed my progress, what kind of month would I have had?

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