Dangerous Assumptions Auto Dealers Make About Technology

Some common but dangerous assumptions auto dealers make about technology decisions and why you should avoid them. Behold, the Deadly Dozen! Bad Idea #1: “These vendor contracts are all the same - I just signed it” The dealer technology world has become a very perilous place and the old rules simply do not apply. Vendors have [...]

Dangerous Assumptions Auto Dealers Make About Technology2017-12-06T23:03:40+00:00

CDK Global & AutoMate – Strange Bedfellows or the Perfect Fit?

This week we all learned that CDK Global has signed an agreement to acquire AutoMate. Although the sale is subject to approval by the FTC, there is no reason to suspect that the transaction will not be finalized and the DMS landscape will be transformed once again. But are CDK Global & AutoMate strange bedfellows or [...]

CDK Global & AutoMate – Strange Bedfellows or the Perfect Fit?2017-12-06T23:03:41+00:00

Cox Automotive vs. CDK Global vs. R&R

Download our Infograph 'Cox Automotive vs. CDK Global vs. R&R' for FREE!   When it comes to Automotive Technology, most dealers automatically think of CDK Global or R&R as the market leaders in automotive technology.  First of all, both vendors supply mission-critical software for a dealership - Dealer Management Systems (DMS).  And secondly, both vendors [...]

Cox Automotive vs. CDK Global vs. R&R2017-12-06T23:03:41+00:00

5 Auto Tech Vendors to Keep an Eye on

We've worked with over 7,000 car and truck dealers in the US and Canada on great contracts for auto tech vendors. Discussing dealers’ options for Business Office, Front-End, Fixed Operations, and Dealership-wide application is a daily routine. Below is a shortlist of 5 auto tech vendors that have a selling proposition that stands out. Put [...]

5 Auto Tech Vendors to Keep an Eye on2017-12-06T23:03:41+00:00

The Real Costs of Overpaying for Technology

Just glance at your monthly financial statement. You know that almost everything you need to know about your store is right there but sometimes it’s easy to overlook some important details. It’s always the right time to remind ourselves of the business basics and the real costs of overpaying for technology. Our intuition tells [...]

The Real Costs of Overpaying for Technology2017-12-06T23:03:42+00:00

5 Focus Points of Data Security for Dealers

Many a dealer has had sleepless nights thinking about the security of his data. Running a dealership with a technologically current, efficient Dealer Management System (DMS) or Customer Relations Management (CRM) system while still protecting sensitive data can be quite a balancing act. CDK’s recent announcement of their SecurityFirst initiative has once again focused [...]

5 Focus Points of Data Security for Dealers2017-12-06T23:03:42+00:00

5 Dealership Technology Projects for 2019

2016 is only 20 days young and dealers and yet dealers are already planning for expenses and allocating resources for the rest of year. As a major facilitator of sales and business success and one of a dealer’s major expenses, dealership technology has always been a priority in budgeting. Here are 5 technology projects [...]

5 Dealership Technology Projects for 20192019-07-12T15:38:44+00:00

5 Ways to Increase Dealer Seminar Attendance

Since the Gillrie Institute was founded 23 years ago, Paul Gillrie and his team have appeared at over 500 dealer seminars and other related events. Among these are executive workshops, auto and truck dealer seminars, and webinar training sessions for NADA-ATD and NCM 20 Groups, ADA’s, AICPA, NIADA, DealersEdge, as well as events for large [...]

5 Ways to Increase Dealer Seminar Attendance2017-12-06T23:03:43+00:00

2015 NADA-ATD Convention top tech take aways

    CDK Global Shows Enhancements: CDK, formerly known as ADP Dealer Services, introduced over 100 enhancements and options to the CDK Drive DMS suite at this year's NADA. The most popular items from our perspective were the CDK New Car IQ service, which is created to help dealers move not just Used but especially [...]

2015 NADA-ATD Convention top tech take aways2017-12-06T23:03:43+00:00

5 Costly DMS Trends

Costly DMS Trend 1 - The DMS Re-Licensing Fee DMS vendors have always been creative with finding new methods to squeeze a few dollars more out of their dealers. They have introduced customized hardware, mandatory laser printers, obligatory network equipment, site licenses on top of user licenses, annual price increases, and myriad other costs. The [...]

5 Costly DMS Trends2017-12-06T23:03:44+00:00