According to buyer sentiment, digital adoption in the auto industry is here to stay. It’s not just that dealers have adapted to new norms and implemented new digitization tactics. Although, they are. (And at record pace!) According to the 2020 Digitization End-to-End Retail Study from Cox Automotive, 69% of franchise dealers now boast at least one new digital step to their buying process such as test drive home delivery, purchased home delivery, and online credit apps. It’s also due to overall record buyer satisfaction rates—72% at recent count.
With so many changes taking place, who can dealers turn to for guidance and accountability? For the following dealerships, finding the right Dealer Management System to drive better efficiency across the entire organization was the first step. The second, was finding a true partner—not just a vendor—they could trust.
A Vital Business Partner
For Downtown Auto Group, finding the right Dealer Management System (DMS) was a process that spanned over 18 years. In most cases, what felt like the right solution ended up being more of a burden. However, Dealer Principal Matt Gardner, calls their current DMS a “no brainer.” Gardner specifically selected it for its intuitive nature and simple integration with other systems. But, more than anything else, Gardner and the team benefit from the expertise of their Performance Manager.
“A DMS is such a critical part of the dealership, and choosing Dealertrack DMS was a no brainer… But the number one thing for me, hands down, is the fact that Dealertrack DMS comes with a Performance Manager,” explains Gardner. With Performance Management, Gardner has a dedicated industry veteran available to help his dealership capitalize on new growth opportunities. And with the roll out of new digital technologies, the auto group also has a resource to ensure everyone gets the most from their technology.
“A DMS is such a critical part of the dealership, and choosing Dealertrack DMS was a no brainer… But the number one thing for me, hands down, is the fact that Dealertrack DMS comes with a Performance Manager.” — Matt Gardner Dealer Principal, Downtown Auto Group
A Partnership Built on Respect
For the service center at Lawton Kia, finding the right provider to meet the needs of their state-of-the-art facility would require more than just top-tier technology. The dealer group prides itself on delivering no-nonsense experience. And that’s exactly what they were looking for from their next DMS partner. Lawton Kia soon discovered that the right DMS was more than just an expense—it was a profit-driver. “We love having our Dealertrack DMS Performance Manager. He brings a lot of value to the table—from real-world experience and his ability to think outside the box, to helping us with campaigns, finding gains, and reviewing analytics,” explains Service Manager Frank Seitz. “He helps us strategize how to capitalize on more opportunities and bring us more profit.”
The right partner should do more for your dealership than hand over a contract. With Performance Management, data-driven insights, and streamlined workflows that integrate with technology at your dealership, finding the right DMS partner can optimize your entire business. Learn more.