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  1. Ralph Ebersole

    Cash For Clunkers Debacle (10 Years Old)

    From a dealer point of view, it didn't matter whose fault it was. The ship was sinking. If we the tax payer hadn't bailed them out, they may not be here today. I don't remember other government bailouts of the industry with the exception of Chrysler in the early 80's--there may have been...
  2. Ralph Ebersole

    Cash For Clunkers Debacle (10 Years Old)

    Well the bottom line on all this is something had to be done. OEM incentives were not working and inventory was at a high level. The car biz was deep into the dumpster at the time. GM and Chrysler almost went under. There was a lot of unsettling news about them that helped keep consumers out...
  3. Ralph Ebersole

    Cash For Clunkers Debacle (10 Years Old)

    Is probably partly that. But it is dependent on where they are located and how forward thinking they were at that time. But it did take unsold inventory off the lots.
  4. Ralph Ebersole

    Cash For Clunkers Debacle (10 Years Old)

    I t I think it also means 6 of ten wanted it extended. And that's without the Electoral College count.The second article was referring to the website and having to wait for their money. This program brought out buyers who would never have been in the market at that time. I personally sent 3...
  5. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    I think that as well. Thee's a trainer here from our CRM company who just said 200.
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  7. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    BDC Reps...no incoming call, no chat. TY
  8. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Ah, the saga continues. The vehicle I sold and a $2900 gross, according to the UCM the day I sold it. The deal was delivered with a CU check in hand. Also there was a $1k/month salary. Commissions are paid on the 15th. Not a surprise that there is no direct deposit showing. Calls and emails to...
  9. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Dear Diary, Monday was another eye opening day. I was on the noon to 8pm shift. F&I Manager who did the paperwork on my Used Car delivery last week came to me and explained that "I don't work well on expediting a deal. I work at my own pace and if you continue to check and see where I am on...
  10. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Well I actually looked at reviews on DealerRater and Edmunds. I made the mistake of not looking at Yelp. It seems that many in the business direct their happy pappy customers to the car sites. But many of the Yelp reviews are brutally honest. And I thought the a part of a 45 dealer group would...
  11. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Dear Diary, Well today's Sunday and Illinois has Blue Laws. Yesterday was interesting to say the least. The day started with a "Sales Meeting" in the GM's office, which the store has once a week. GM's expounded on how we need to keep customer parking open for customer and park cars in their...
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  13. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Dear Diary, Day 4. Walked the U/C Inventory 3 times to get to know it. Still eagerly awaiting the off-lease list that I asked for on Tuesday. No-one seems to know how to pull it. Did I tell you this is a Group of 45 stores? Haven't received an employee handbook. Don't know if one exists. The...
  14. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Thanks Steve. My guess is this segment is far bigger than we think, and probably outweighs the folks who past and blog where. I'm a part of a couple of Facebook salesperson groups and there's a whole bunch of folks out there that arena the 90's. 2003 is a stretch.
  15. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Dear Diary, Well today has been exciting, so far. The cars are nice. I've been driving them. I looked up the horsepower and other technical things online. When I asked 3 other salespeople if they would show me a few things under the hood, they said "we never open the hood>we have a hard enough...
  16. Ralph Ebersole

    84 month payments

    It's even deeper than that, Alex. I've had 2 consumers who have never leased before come in and ask to. The reason is the technology and how rapidly it's evolving. They are very interested in what's new today, AND what's coming, This along with what you said is driving consumers thought processes.
  17. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Dear Diary, Today I asked if I should email consumers through the CRM tool or the email the organization set up for me. I was told the email portal. I'm using the CRM. I asked to get into the OEM's site to take product courses. I was told to go to the Service Manager, who set it up. I logged...
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  19. Ralph Ebersole

    84 month payments

    48 Months scarred us at one time.
  20. Ralph Ebersole

    Well The Old car Biz is Alive and Well

    Since I can't find a position in the vendor world, I decided to go back to my roots and sell cars. Dealerships in my area (Chicago North Suburbs) are stuck in the 80's. Maybe 70's. They want experienced salespeople, which is fine. I love the biz. Started yesterday..Was given a desk, and log-in...
  21. Ralph Ebersole

    Chat Challenge: Show Me Your Chat

    J.D. As you know by your e-mail and messages, I am. Our organization is an open book. Let me know when you are ready.
  22. Ralph Ebersole

    NADA 2014 - Agenda & Who's going?

    I'll be there Saturday and Sunday. Won't tell how many consecutive NADA's this is, but I ran out of fingers and toes to count them. ;)
  23. Ralph Ebersole

    ActivEngage is Hiring Top Producers

    activEngage Start a conversation ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES ActivEngage is Hiring Top Producers Only! We are looking to hire several over-achieving, goal-oriented and top-producing account executives in the U.S. and Canada. We only want the best! If you think you have what it takes to be a sales...
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