Your Perfect Plan

Your Perfect Plan As you plan your future, whether we’re talking about your monthly sales volume, income goals, personal goals, retirement goals, or long-term career goals, do you get stuck in the planning phase, or do you take action? "By this, I mean that a good...

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Sell Less To Earn More

Sales Skills Help You Earn More Money Initially, most people will assume that I am implying that you will make more sales with more skills, and your income will rise proportionately. That isn’t what I mean. I often write about the benefits of mastering a sales...

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The Natural Born Salesperson?

What Is The Ideal Sales Person? The ideal natural-born salesman has certain traits that I think we can all agree on: Gregarious Quick thinking Smooth talking Huge personality An outgoing personality In fact, according to the Dale Carnegie Training of West Virginia,...

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Sales Goals Are Completely Worthless

The way most car dealerships set goals for their salespeople has no merit.  First of all, many dealership managers do a horrible job of communicating goals! Dealership management knows how many vehicles need to be sold to generate revenue — Upper management has set...

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Building Value

A prospect decides to make a purchase when he realizes that there is more value in the product than there is in his money. At its core, that’s your job: Demonstrating the value of your product. Value is the reason people buy. That is true 100% of the time. Value is a...

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36 Questions to Build Rapport

It’s a well-established fact that people would prefer to do business with their friends. It should be no surprise to you that part of our sales training is building rapport and making friends. Learning to weave your needs assessment into your rapport building is a...

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What A Car Salesperson Can Learn From An Apple Specialist

The first thing most customers want to talk about is price. But it is probably the last thing that matters. When I was early in my sales career, I was trained to ask the customer what their budget was. My manager instructed me to qualify the customer by saying...

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The Biggest Mistakes That Are Costing Your Dealership Money

If I could change only one thing in most dealerships, it would be salespeople’s habit to rush the sales process. The sales process should accomplish two things: Ensure that you have selected the best vehicle.The customer sees more value in the car they drove than the...

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The 5 Things You Need To Start Doing After The Sale

It’s well established that selling to repeat customers is significantly easier than selling to a fresh up or internet lead.   Doing these five things after every sale will help fill your sales pipeline forever. If you’re an outstanding salesperson, your overall...

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5 Steps To A 5-Star Delivery

Forget the CSI score. Forget the TO to your manager. A 5-Star delivery will help you sell each customer more cars! These 5 steps will get you there. How many cars do you want to sell to each customer? Statistics say that the average person will own about nine vehicles...

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People Want To Do Business With Their Friends

Work hard to make friends, and you won’t have to work very hard to do business with your friends. It’s common knowledge that people would prefer to do business with their friends.  People like having “a guy” or “a girl.” As much as you want to build relationships with...

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What Is The Best Closing Question?

Every salesperson ever has wondered what the best closing question is. The secret to closing is really no secret at all. Everything you do, say, and ask will lead to a sale. I’m sure it’s disappointing that there isn’t one simple question that you can use to close the...

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5 Steps To Contend With The Trusted Advisor

Scenario: You’re trying to help a customer buy a car. Your customer has brought along one or more people who’ve been given the responsibility to provide your customer advice and try to keep you from being a pushy salesperson and talking the customer into making a bad...

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6 Tips to Overcome Price Objections in Car Sales

6 Tips to Overcome Price Objections in Car Sales When you’re in the middle of making a car sale, there are countless reasons why the deal could fall through. Maybe the customer found another price online, perhaps they’re just not sure if they can afford it yet, or...

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One Year of Text Follow-up

One Year of Text Follow-up I saw this Facebook post and engaged the author in hopes of giving him a few pointers on customer follow-up, only to be reminded that many car salespeople are poorly trained. Here is the exchange that took place Post by Author: When you text...

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I Got Fired By A Jerk!

This Facebook post in a dealership group got me thinking about what kinds of attitudes salespeople might have toward the ownership or management team. This poster wrote: "So, my fellow car sales people, I got fired this week for as best that could be explained to me,...

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The Order Taker, The Presenter & The Closer.

In sales, there are three types of salespeople.   The Order TakerThe PresenterThe Closer Each is important, and most organizations have all three working in different departments throughout the business. While the definition of each may be somewhat self-explanatory,...

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Can You Ever Know Enough Closes?

In sales of any kind, you will go through a period where everything you do works well and then another period where you feel like you’ve lost the magic.   That’s why it’s essential to be a student of sales and have more than one or two closes in your pocket. Here are...

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The Objection Translator

How many objections are there? In my opinion, there is only one.  When the fluff is stripped away from any objection, what the customer is really saying is:  “You haven’t provided me with enough information to give me a reason to buy from you.” The moment when a...

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Saying This One Thing Will Double Your Sales

Every salesperson is looking for the magic words to say to put a magic spell over their prospect that makes them pull out their credit card and buy what you’re selling. Unfortunately, there’s no practical way to take shortcuts and still be an effective salesperson....

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5 Ways To Ask For The Referral

It feels like begging, doesn’t it?  You just spent an hour or two with this customer, and now you’re about to send them on their way in their new car.  You know you need to ask. You know it’s going to be awkward. You know you’ll both squirm in your seats a little. You...

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Can You Read Your Customer’s Mind?

Let’s be upfront about this: If not done well, negotiating is confrontational and uncomfortable for both you and your customer.   If only you could read your customer’s mind and know how to make it easier! The most important thing to understand about negotiating is...

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10 Ways To Close The Sale

The first thing I need to establish before you read on is what closing is.   Many salespeople, even experienced ones, think of closing as a set of words that happen after you’ve presented the price and you want to get your prospect to say “Yes, I’ll take it!” and sign...

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Car Sales Earning Potential

What does A Car Salesperson Earn? With few exceptions, car salespeople are paid on commission. Anyone with any amount of time in sales knows this, but if you’re just getting to the business, you may be unfamiliar with the idea of getting paid solely on your success....

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Car Dealership Glossary

When you get started in a dealership as a new salesperson you’re quickly introduced to words and phrases that are likely very unfamiliar to you. Every industry has jargon, (special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are...

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5 Reasons Why Buying A Car Is A Great Idea For The New Year

5 Reasons Why Buying A Car Is A Great Idea For The New Year

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? If you’re like the majority of people, you might need some help keeping those commitments. Studies show that while 40% of Americans make new year’s resolutions, only 8% of Americans wind up keeping them. In other words,...

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5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Warm Weather

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Warm Weather

Goodbye cool weather, hello sweltering heat! The warmest months of the year are finally here, but how will your vehicle fare under the hot temperatures of the season? We all hate getting into a hot car. In 90 degree weather, the inside of your car can heat up to over...

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