When I first got into the car business in the late 80's, the term Margin Compression was something relating to industries other than Auto. Back in those days, a dealer normally had a 60-90 day period to maximize their gross profit. Unfortunately those days are...

Blame - assign responsibility for a fault or wrong. Most dealership personnel will associate the term Reconditioning with Time-to-Line, although TTL involves much more than the normal "mechanical and cosmetic" processes. When I was in the dealership, the majority of the reconditioning of a used vehicle was...

  “What is the difference between managing Reconditioning time and Time-to-Line? The active involvement of the GM.  If you are still trying to hold people accountable for the reconditioning cycle instead of TTL then I have some great news. Recon is of course a vital part of...

If you still run your recon department on "gut feel" and not metrics, you're losing money. Metrics -- hard performance data -- is the road map to flowing gross from your recon to your bottom line. Manage by the facts and you'll flow significant gross to your...

Dealers who have the most efficient reconditioning time consistently average three to five days from recon start to front line. They also know where every car is at all times because every step has a clear owner who is connected to it through their mobile...

In our first of three articles discussing how to drive time and cost wastes out of the reconditioning process, we took a look at how lean manufacturing workflow principles when applied to automotive reconditioning, improves outcomes. That article outlined the fundamental processes for how to move...

While on a recent conference call with a dealer group president, he asked the following question: "What is the single most important factor in successfully managing time-to-market (TTM) in a dealership?" My answer was, "The commitment and active involvement of the general manager". At the...

Ideally, every dealership should be able to manage used car reconditioning at a four- to five-day level, independent of volume. Some exceptional stores are able to operate in a three-day range by keeping service at a four-hour average and detail/photos to an eight-hour average. To...