ProfitTime in Practice: ‘The Gambler’ Gives A Lesson

“You’re saying the same thing Kenny Rogers did in that song, ‘The Gambler.’” A used vehicle manager made this observation after I finished talking about how Provision ProfitTime offers a better, new way forward for dealers to manage the investment value of their used...

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Changing Times: A Call For A Money-Making Operational Mindset

If anyone needs evidence that car dealers can no longer simply sell cars to make money, I’d offer the following nuggets from the recently released, NADA Data 2018: Annual Financial Profile of America’s New-Car Franchised Dealerships. Nugget 1: In 2018, NADA reports...

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ProfitTime in Practice: Pricing Used Cars Without a Calendar

It’s long been a best practice of Velocity dealers to review the prices of their used vehicles every day to ensure the prices fall within the top three value rankings within a competitive set. The approach is intended to reflect how today’s online vehicle shoppers...

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Understanding The New Math of Today’s Used Car Business

There was a time not long ago when selling used vehicles and making money were synonymous.

Those were the days when you could take a used vehicle into inventory, price it to achieve your gross profit objective and reasonably expect to make your money, or at least a decent portion of it, even if it took 60 days or more to find a retail buyer.

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ProfitTime in Practice: Clarity Drives More Investment Value-Based Appraisals

Since the dawn of the used car business, it’s always been true that the retail fate and fortune of every used vehicle starts with the appraisal.

This is the moment, whether it’s an auction or trade-in unit, that gives dealers their sole opportunity to size up a vehicle, determine whether it’s a good fit for your inventory and market, and establish the vehicle’s money-making potential, based on its purchase price.

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A Sobering, Softer Start To 2019

I haven’t talked to a single dealer who’s happy about how they finished January at their stores.

In some cases, February is looking a little better, particularly in used vehicles in areas of the country where weather conditions have been tough the past several weeks.

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Why Calendar Time and ProfitTime Don’t Mix

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase that oil and water don’t mix.

If you try to mix them, the oil floats on the water. Each liquid stays separate from the other, even if they’re in the same container or glass.

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