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Walk-Around Videos Increase Engagement Nearly 50% - Weekly Autos

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Weekly Autos
Hand picked topics for auto dealers
Published: Sep 27, 2021


Greetings, in this week's newsletter you will find a number of ideas to help you with marking and sales, updates about EV's, some interesting stats, and the ongoing chip shortage saga.

Chris and the team have been busy improving our platform, as such we will be releasing a number of bug fixes and improvements over the coming days. Also, in the next month or so we are hoping to release an update to improve the Google core vital rankings of our dealer’s sites.

Did you know we offer a VirtualDealer option, that allows your customers to complete most of the buying process from your website? Click on the big blue image below to watch a demo of how it works. If your interested or have questions, simply reach out to our wonderful customer support team, and they would be happy to help you.

Please, don’t forget to tell other dealers you might know about us, or let us know about a 20 Group you might be part of. Our growth is good for you, it means new features, better SEO, more optimizations, and a larger team to ultimately support you & your dealership.


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Weekly Autos  Published: Sep 13, 2021
Another busy week at the Las Vegas office. Dwight and Chris had the pleasure of meeting several candidates interested in joining our team. And as Halloween creeps into stores and window fronts, we’re beginning to turn our attention ...... NIADA Convention 2021 Recap Dwight and Chris attended the NIADA......


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Over the past few weeks we have a series of results from dealer groups showing how they have performed in the first half of the year. The results have been positive in many cases. Pent-up demand and rising consumer confidence have been good for business. But some have warned that the second half is going ... This story continues at Pressure mounts in used cars, top franchises rated Or just read more coverage at Motor Trader...



Consumers spend 44% more time on a dealer website where vehicle videos were available....



This less expensive and safer battery technology will lower the prices of EVs and make them more accessible to price-conscious consumers and resource-constrained nations....



A dearth of highly desirable new vehicles combined with rising prices is driving some new vehicle shoppers to the sidelines, at least until the market gets back to normal. Patiently waiting for the vehicle you want, may not yield the result you expect in today’s market. Potential buyers are facing a difficult market these days as the most popular new vehicles, mainly trucks and crossovers, are in short supply due to the semiconductor shortage. Compounding the problem is the good ol’ laws of supply and demand — the more someone wants something, the more it’s going to cost. Average transaction prices for new vehicles have been steadily rising, surpassing the $42, 000 mark in July, according to Cox Automotive, which set another new record. Other analysts are seeing similar numbers as well. Some buyers have been waiting for ......



The financial impact of the semiconductor shortage continues to grow and now stands at an estimated $210 billion dollars in lost automotive revenues, according to a new study. Automakers are expected to lose even more vehicles to the chip shortage this year. That’s nearly twice the $110 billion financial hit initially forecast by AlixPartners in May and reflects the increasing likelihood automakers will continue struggling to find the chips they need through at least the early part of 2022. Industry leaders had been hoping the issue would be resolved by this autumn. The continuing shortages will impact car buyers and carmakers alike, experts warn. “Of course, everyone had hoped that the chip crisis would have abated more by now, but unfortunate events such as the COVID-19 lockdowns in Malaysia and continued problems elsewhere have exacerbated things, ” said Mark Wakefield, the ......



If you have been using digital retailing primarily as a lead generation tool, or if you are still using archaic contact requests, it’s time to put some serious thought into the middle ground of the digital retailing revolution....


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The Automotive Usage-Based Insurance market report covers the key trends overseeing the industry growth across the regional contributors. It provides insights about ......



Electric-vehicle sales are surging, transforming every aspect of the business. Our assessment helps US auto dealers prepare for the coming change....



Supply issues and long waiting lists for new models are pushing the value of second-hand models up The new car market has faced serious turmoil over the last year due to the impact of the Covid ......



In today’s overheated market, the numbers can fall well below what used car dealers and buyers are willing to spend ... If you’re going to buy out your lease in order to sell the vehicle at a profit, ......



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Ernie Boch is an automotive entrepreneur, global philanthropist, accomplished musician, and all-around fascinating guy. He’s owned numerous dealerships throughout his career, including the world’s #1 Honda dealership. Today, he maintains a Ferrari store and a Maserati store, and he distributes Subaru vehicles to dealers throughout New England. On the philanthropic side, Boch is currently helping to bring running water, a school, and a hospital to a village in Uganda. The Boch Family Foundation runs one of the nation’s largest nonprofit arts centers, as well as MusicDrivesUs.org, which supports music in schools across the country. If that’s not enough for one episode, Dave Cantin, President of the Dave Cantin Group (and original host of the DNT Podcast), knew he had to join when he heard Ernie was going to be on the show. The result is a fun, inspiring, and thoughtful conversation on how to be your best — in the ......



Matt is here and Adam is on the phone for this episode of Car Cast. Tommy Kendall and Justin Bell of the Torque Show join the guys in the studio to recap Monterey which they had exclusive hosting rights for. Justin and Tommy explain their rise to success within the Automotive media landscape. They also chat about Tom Cruz's Porsche 928 S selling for a crazy 2 million dollars. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: GEICO: Visit Geico.com PLUTO TV: Download the free Pluto TV app on any device JB WELD: Visit JBWELD.com AIR MED CARE: Visit AirMedCare.com today GOOD GUYS: Visit Good-Guys to purchase tickets...



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We find Luke this week down in Sarasota at the inaugural meeting for Buckeye Dealership Performance Groups. We learn what they are and how they can help dealers. www.DealerPG.com Thank you for listening we hope you learned something new. Let us know what you think.www.theindependentdealer.comInfo@theindependentdealer.com Support the businesses that support the podcasthttps://www.buckeyereinsurance.com Please subscribe, leave us a review, and share with a friend. Connect with us online:https://www.facebook.com/groups/independentautogrouphttps://www.facebook.com/jlukegodwinhttps://www.facebook.com/sendtojeffw Listen to all our episodes on Anchor:https://anchor.fm/theindependentdealer Used car dealer, Independent dealer, automotive, car sales, entrepreneur...



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I'm sure you've seen the post a hundred times while car shopping. "I love this car but with baby on the way its just not practical anymore". Question is relevant for anyone but I'm more curious about those who sold to trade passion for cash. I think it's about that time for myself, maybe. Dad life is coming down the pipeline and I'd love to keep it but is it the best decision? I'm confident I could swing it financially but boy would it be great to have the cash ya kno. So reddit, do you wish you'd kept that car? submitted by /u/Capitanelli311 [link] [comments]...



I took my car to a carwash the other day because the dealership offered a free carwash, and I had a panic attack. I realized that I have an irrational fear of going through a car wash. The sounds freak me out and when those big machines with the spaghetti arms engulf your car its super freaky. I can't see anything but I just hear the slapping of the car. Its really hard to see and it just freaks me the hell out. The last time I did it I almost had a panic attack because it was so freaky and unsettling to me. It was really late (8:30PM), I was alone and it was dark out. I wanted to leave but my car was literally engulfed by the machines and I couldn't move, and thats when I began to panic. I couldnt see anything because there was soap everywhere ......



Seriously, I'm STOKED. I've owned a truck literally my whole life, My first truck was a 1970 Ford F100, then a 2007 Isuzu I-290, and finally for the last 5 years I've owned a 1998 Mazda B4000. My family has owned trucks as well, Fords, Chevys, Toyotas, Dodges, the lot. I'm of the opinion that EVERY family should have a truck Period. The problem is, Trucks are either too impractical, and/or too expensive, or used they tend to be completely worn out by the time they go up for sale at a "reasonable" price, or they are too big, or one of a million other reasons a person doesn't want to own a truck. But with all the joy and versatility that comes from owning a truck there are some serious drawbacks. Namely all the people you might have known at some point in your life that DON'T own a ......



is this one of the only sales professions where the salesperson doesnt really know/need to know the specifics of the product they are selling to get the job? submitted by /u/Vtec_Gore [link] [comments]...

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