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dealership management

Who Should Deliver the Motorcycle to Your Customer?

Here's a grand idea: What about requiring someone from the service department — and NOT the salesperson — to do the final delivery of a customer's new motorcycle? Why do I think this idea works? Well, salespeople are a predictable lot (I should know; I am one.). The moment we sell something, immediately in our head

How to Make Your Dealership a World-Class Retailer

Picture this scene: An excited customer has been talking to your sales professionals, test riding motorcycles and finally makes the decision. Numbers are discussed, information is shared and a credit application is submitted. The customer is invited to have a seat in the customer lounge, enjoy a cup of questionable coffee and spend a little

Are You Making These Common Management Mistakes?

Being in the motorcycle business, you know that a governor is a device intentionally limiting acceleration. I submit that dealership managers are restricting their own acceleration (although not intentionally). Below are five of the most common ways in which managers are holding themselves back. 1. Sales managers are selling and closing every deal. Because of

The Power of the Chiasmus: Why You’ll Want to Use This Fun Figure of Speech

Hearing “yes” in any type of situation — with colleagues and customers — is largely about appealing to the other person’s enlightened self-interest. One of my favorite ways to effectively do that is through the use of language, specifically a figure of speech called “chiasmus" [kahy-az-muhs]. A chiasmus is a verbal pattern in which the second

Black Friday Tip: Take Your Buyer’s Photo and Then Close the Sale

Black Friday is next week (Thanksgiving is early this year), so make sure your digital camera is fully charged. You’ll want to take lots of photos that day. You can literally put your buyer in the picture. I tell powersports retailers to take a digital photograph of their prospective buyers when they are considering which