Published inside Fixed Ops Magazine Jan/Feb 2016 An exercise to optimize the customer experience. This is the first installment of a three-part series that addresses reconditioning Time-To-Market, or TTM — a key performance indicator for more successful used car operations. Download and share the pdf > “Fixed Ops has...

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...

Vehicle reconditioning is an essential process for every used car department. It not only gets vehicles ready for consumers’ eyeballs, but when it gets them frontline ready fast, it can mean more gross on every sale. Every used car manager knows this intuitively. I’m not sure,...

Time-to-market (TTM) should be the single most important objective that defines your dealership’s culture. This objective should bind all recon resources together from the time vehicles are acquired to the time they hit the front-line. And, to institutionalize a true time-to- market culture, tools for...

When is it the right time for your dealership to move to a workflow architecture to manage your recon process?  When the mandate is, “Recon needs to get fixed.” Here are three principal reasons to support the change. Lack of accountability Cars not getting to 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...

A typical reconditioning workflow installation has a minimum of three principal stakeholders: the used car manager, the fixed operations manager and the general manager. In the early days of reconditioning workflow, starting around 2010, the scenario was a bit different than today. At that time, the used...

Buyers for pre-owned cars are spending money again, and across the country dealers are feeling cautiously optimistic about this continuing. At the same time, the online competitive landscape demands new ways of reaching buyers through search powerhouses, like AutoTrader.com, Cars.com and, now, Google. With all...

How do I get my Recon Process under control? The simple answer is, “Start at the end and work back.” But, to accomplish this feat, you need to connect all your processes with anyone who touches your cars — including subs and vendors — and then...