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  1. BKFG Dealership Fixed Ops - World Class Best Practices

    BKFG Dealership Fixed Ops - World Class Best Practices

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    No charge PDF Download or Hard Copy (+$98) - Non Member Price $298!

    Essays from Workshops Presented by Dealership Sales & Marketing Experts

    Focusing on What is Working for Your Fixed Operations Peers

    What's Inside this 200 Page Guide:

    Service Management Ideas… 7 Essays taken from recent Fixed Ops Expert workshops focusing on ways to improve your service and parts business with better process.

    Service Marketing Ideas… 6 Essays again from recent DealersEdge Workshops focusing on how to market your service department more efficiently and effectively.

    Parts Management Ideas… 5 Essays centered on inventory management and parts department process.

    Body Shop Management Ideas… 2 Essays on how to wring more profit from your body shop operations.

    Human Resources for Fixed Ops… 5 Essays focusing on Basic HR skills for the Fixed Ops Manager. How to Hire. How to Fire. How to motivate to higher levels of performance.

    CHAPTER 1 - Service Management Ideas

    7 Absolutely Essential Service Management Key Performance Indicator
    3 Top Game Changes for Service for Focused & Immediate Improvement
    5 Keys to Avoiding the Perils of a Factory or Ext'd Warranty Audit
    Service Menu Design & Profit Structuring… Art & Science
    5 Sure Fire Bottom Line Builders for Service Managers
    Forecasting: Your Guide for Creating Forecasts and Yield Big Results
    Effective Recall Handling- Fulfill Responsibility without Killing Profit

    CHAPTER 2 - Service Marketing Ideas

    Service Price vs. Value - Win Service Advisors First
    The Service Pricing Challenge: How to Leverage Your Competitiveness
    High Customer Expectations! How to Earn Great CSI & Retention
    Using a BDC in Service to Boost Service & Parts Profits
    Text Marketing and Customer Communications for the Service Department
    The Habits and Practices of the Exceptional Service Advisor

    CHAPTER 3 - Parts Management Ideas

    Re-Thinking the Parts Pricing Matrix to Maximize Profits
    How to Avoid Physical Parts Inventory Horror Stories
    Aging Parts Inventory…Valued Assets or Worthless Artifacts?
    The Habits & Practices of the Exceptional Parts Manager
    Advanced Parts Storage Techniques…More Storage without Costly Eqt

    CHAPTER 4 - Body Shop Management Ideas

    The Habits & Practices of the Exceptional Body Shop Manager
    Advanced Body Shop Management… Focus on Marketing & Profits

    CHAPTER 5 - Human Resources for Fixed Ops…Basic Skills

    Guiding Your Team to Success…Magic of One-on-One Coaching Skills
    Fearless Firing… Effective, Confident, Compassionate
    Labor Law Basics for Car Dealers… 4 Things You Need to Know
    Tips on How & Why to Hire Millennials
    Predicting Hiring Success for Better Auto Dealership Team Learn More
  2. Chuck Hartle': Re-Thinking the Parts Pricing Matrix to Maximize Profits in 2017

    Chuck Hartle': Re-Thinking the Parts Pricing Matrix to Maximize Profits in 2017

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday November 9 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Chuck Hartle'
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLK2

    How to build the perfect parts pricing strategies for Customer, Wholesale and Internal sales. Explore the role of Price Escalators in search of the right balance for price, value and profits. Past workshop, updated for 2017.

    Chuck Will Guide You To:

    Parts pricing strategies for all types of sales, in-shop, over-the-counter, wholesale…
    Effective testing of new escalators and matrix pricing formulas
    A honest appraisal of your current parts pricing policies and practices
    A set of new principles to guide and reshape your parts pricing formulas to maximize competitive advantage and bottom line profits. Learn More
  3. Greg Criss: Declined Service Recommendations - Creating a Solid Follow Up Calling Process

    Greg Criss: Declined Service Recommendations - Creating a Solid Follow Up Calling Process

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday October 19 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Greg Criss
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLJ3

    Instead of just recording “Service Declined” on the repair order, how about creating a multi-step phone marketing process to bring some of that high profit work back into the shop?

    You Will Learn:

    How to create a “Declined Work” opcode process
    How the call center can speak professionally with the guest about their needs
    How to build a “Declined Work” review process on the service lane
    How create “appointment urgency” in word tracks for your BDC
    How to sell “off-time” & create a better booking strategy
    How to track effectiveness of your “Declined Work” process
    How to follow-up (market) when a guest says “no” to your declined work contact
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  4. DKK2 Rob Campbell: Business Math and Financial Analysis for Service Managers

    DKK2 Rob Campbell: Business Math and Financial Analysis for Service Managers

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday November 10, 2016 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Rob Campbell
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    Basic & Advanced Financial Analysis for Dealership Service Directors & Managers – Forecasting – Net Profit Improvement

    Now more than ever dealership Service Directors and Managers must become experts in analyzing their businesses so that they can plot the proper course.

    This program is designed to feature not only the “basics of business math” in the service department, but also to assist in planning for profit improvements in the face of future market uncertainties. Make sure you have a calculator and your financial statement info handy.

    You will learn real world examples for:

    How to outline your Service Dept financial goals to the Dealer and GM
    How to calculate the many ratios used in service: Fixed Absorption, Net-to-Gross, Cost of Sale, Semi-Fixed Expense… and many, many more.
    Learning to crunch the numbers like a pro Learn More
  5. Steve Kwiatkowski: How to Create a Professional Image on the Service Drive… Become the Customer’s Trusted Advisor

    Steve Kwiatkowski: How to Create a Professional Image on the Service Drive… Become the Customer’s Trusted Advisor

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday August 17 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Steve Kwiatkowski
    Program Length: 75 Minutes
    SKU: ELH3

    The key to securing a steady stream of service business… for NOW… but also for down the road … is to win the heart and loyalty of your current customers.

    It's not just about selling more service and making more menu presentations… It is about getting the customer to like and trust you! Researchers have found that customers make two immediate judgments about individuals and businesses…at the very first contact. Are you "Warm?"… and then are you "Competent?" Failure to get a high enough grade on either and you will fail to win repeat business.

    For most dealerships to win in the battle for service business, they need to re-think just what is happening on their service drives. Many, if not most, dealerships are allowing their service advisors to push customers and profits away… down the street and to your competitors. The good news is you can fix it!

    You will learn:

    What a professional service lane workflow (customer process) should look like
    How to identify gaps in your workflow…and what to do about it
    How to incrementally improve your process…and fatal errors to avoid
    How to educate service advisors and customers on the true value of proper maintenance…
    The single best improvement in customer retention that your advisors can make…and how to make it happen
    5 key elements need to become a Trusted Advisor to your customers
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  6. DLB4 Rob Campbell: How to Balance the Parts Department Checkbook

    DLB4 Rob Campbell: How to Balance the Parts Department Checkbook

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Live Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Rob Campbell
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    How to make the Parts DMS inventory Jive with the General Ledger!

    It's no secret that when it comes to the Parts Department, the dealership runs two sets of books.

    One set is kept and controlled by the Parts Manager and is geared toward inventory management… keeping the right parts on the shelves to satisfy the Service Department's needs, and avoiding obsolescence. It's mostly about the physical parts themselves.

    The other set of books is kept and controlled by Accounting. The General Ledger is the financial blueprint for the enterprise, but in this instance it is primarily concerned with the dollar value of the parts department's assets and liabilities. It is mostly about the dollar value of the investment.

    Problem: On the surface they seldom agree. Sometimes that simply means that the process of adding to and subtracting from those figures, is different for each concern.

    But sometimes, the imbalance can point to very real problems and potential losses. So like balancing your checkbook, you need to isolate the differences and reconcile regularly.

    This workshop is an in-depth look at strategies to help balance the 2 sets of books, and/or identify problems needing solutions.

    You will learn:

    Primary causes for inventory valuation disputes between Parts and Accounting
    Strategies for identifying and "balancing" reasonable and routine differences
    How the 2 sets of books can help hide serious problems and potential losses
    Solutions for inventory shortages and overages.
    How Parts & Accounting can work together to balance the 2 sets of books Learn More
  7. Greg Criss: How to Benefit from Tablets on the Service Drive

    Greg Criss: How to Benefit from Tablets on the Service Drive

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    MEMBERS ONLY Online Workshop

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Live Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Greg Criss
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    How tablets can benefit Service Drive Selling… But also how tablets can hide more significant selling process weaknesses. It's a tool not a magic pill.

    Auto dealers purchase tablets for the service drive for two basic reasons. On one hand the modern technology gives the customer the appearance that your dealership is on the techie cutting edge. However, most companies selling these systems also tout increased customer paid labor as a benefit of using the tablet.

    Greg Criss takes a more reasoned view… seeing the benefit of deploying tablets, but not ignoring basic selling process deficiencies that plague many dealership service departments and are not necessarily overcome simply by the tablet.

    You will learn:

    How tablets can mask service drive process problems and how to overcome
    The magic of "Postponed" operation codes when recommendations are declined
    How to prepare for Service Guests prior to arrival
    How to guarantee that Service Menu presentations are completed
    How to help your Advisors improve CSI and Email Capture Learn More
  8. Don Tipton: Re-Engineering Express Service… Secrets Behind Making It Work for the Dealership & Customer

    Don Tipton: Re-Engineering Express Service… Secrets Behind Making It Work for the Dealership & Customer

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    Online Workshop
    Air Date: Thursday March 2, 2016 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Don Tipton


    Today's service customers demand fast, efficient service for routine maintenance… Many managers complain that it just does not work…. Why not? It works for some!

    How to make a very profitable business out of your Express Service operation.

    Don will show you:

    Learn the 5 roadblocks to success for your Express Service operations
    Exactly where the real profits are being generated by dealerships with successful Quick Svc systems
    The perils of overkill. You really do not have to be the fastest or the cheapest
    How to determine the true cost of express service labor
    How to keep the up-sells from declining your service and taking their business elsewhere
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  9. DKJA BONUS WORKSHOP! Don Tipton: How to Strap a Rocket to Your Service Department

    DKJA BONUS WORKSHOP! Don Tipton: How to Strap a Rocket to Your Service Department

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    Online Workshop!
    Air Date: Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Don Tipton
    Program Length: 30 Minutes

    Don Tipton says that the average 12-technician service department can add over $600K in Gross Profit by effectively addressing 10 service operation pain points.

    Is it possible you are leaving this much money on the table in service?

    Visit with Don on Tuesday Oct 18 as he discusses his 10 Keys to an additional $600K.

    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific

    You will learn real world ways to:

    Increase the technician's available hours
    Improve production by identifying and reducing "lost time"
    Get control of Work in Process and Unapplied Labor
    Staff the Service Lane efficiently to maximize profit
    Attract and keep more service customers
    Raise the value per repair order Learn More
  10. DKH3: Greg Criss: Innovative Techniques for Recruiting and Keeping Service Technicians

    DKH3: Greg Criss: Innovative Techniques for Recruiting and Keeping Service Technicians

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    Online Workshop!
    Air Date: Thursday August 18, 2016 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Greg Criss
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    If you are having a difficult time…
    •Finding qualified technicians
    •With technician attrition
    •Keeping "D" and "C" skilled techs
    •Overpaying for skill level and production
    …then this workshop is for you!

    You will learn:
    •Practices of the most successful managers able to hire top quality technicians in a very tough market
    •To Expand your sources for qualified Gen "Y" candidates
    •Techniques for keeping Gen "Y" technicians by creating a career path for them
    •Employment ad word tracks that will attract more qualified applicants
    •How to get more quality interviews with technician applicants

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