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  • Using VINs and AI to improve online marketing

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 439

    Abstract: A vehicle identification number (VIN) provides access to almost everything anyone might want to know about a vehicle. This article discusses some dealerships’ use of VINs to more precisely target online marketing of their vehicles and better allocate their marketing dollars.

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  • Why LIFO accounting might be attractive right now

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 510

    Abstract: Both new and used car prices have risen sharply this year, due mainly to a combination of high demand and tight inventories. This article notes that this rising-price environment might make now a good time for dealerships to consider the benefits of switching to last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory accounting, which has the potential to lower income taxes and create other financial benefits for dealerships.

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  • Buying or selling a dealership? An earnout provision may help close the deal

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 671

    Abstract: In a volatile economy, dealership mergers, acquisitions or sales can be difficult to close. This article suggests that when a purchase, or sale, of a dealership is held up because the parties can’t agree on the financial terms, an earnout provision can bridge the gap.

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  • How to position your dealership for the future

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 787

    Abstract: With the rapid shift to online car buying caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rise of online retailers like Carvana and TrueCar, the automobile industry may be on the cusp of a major change in how people buy their cars. This article explains that positioning a dealership for the future starts with understanding customer expectations when it comes to car buying. A sidebar points out the importance of strategizing how to sell vehicles to Millennials to improve future sales.

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  • Why you should encourage online prequalification

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 439

    Abstract: Many car buyers today want to start the financing process online before they visit a dealership, according to a recent survey by CarGurus. This article discusses more-detailed findings from this consumer sentiment survey.

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  • An advisory board can boost your business

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 514

    Abstract: A growing number of businesses today are creating advisory boards to provide owners with assistance to help them meet specific challenges. This includes automobile dealerships, which have certainly faced their share of challenges over the past year. This article covers defining a board’s purpose, selecting members and maximizing a board’s benefits.

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  • Buying another dealership? Preliminary due diligence can improve your odds of success

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 716

    Abstract: Many dealerships have fared well during the pandemic as many commuters have turned to buying private vehicles over using public transportation and for other reasons. As a result of their success, some owners are eyeing the purchase of another dealership. But before taking that plunge, dealers need to examine their financial health and franchise requirements, identify risks, size up employees and choose the right structure for the deal.

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  • 5 financial and accounting processes that might be due for a revamp

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 831

    Abstract: Now might be a good time for a dealership to rethink and revamp its financial and accounting processes, if it hasn’t done so already. Some of them may have been in place for a long time and outlived their usefulness. This article offers five ideas to consider, including using an automated payable system, accelerating bank reconciliations and streamlining monthly closings.

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  • ERC: Does your dealership qualify for this valuable tax credit?

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 496

    Abstract: Two laws passed in the last six months have included a number of COVID-19-related provisions that could benefit dealerships. Among these are extensions and modifications of several CARES Act provisions, including the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). This article highlights the tax credit’s extended qualification period and other significant changes.

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  • A key lesson learned from the pandemic – Ways to lower your dealership’s cost structure

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 506

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic turned the dealership world upside down last spring, and the ramifications are still being felt. With over a year’s experience in the rearview mirror, it’s a good time to discuss a pivotal lesson learned during this precarious time: the importance of lowering the business’s cost structure. This article takes a look at three areas to examine: staff compensation, advertising and inventory.

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  • Thinking through the financial exec hiring decision

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 689

    Abstract: Despite the pandemic, many dealerships have seen strong financial results amid bumped-up consumer demand and restored supply chain efficiency. Some have grown to the size where they’re considering stepping up the financial management of their operation by hiring a controller or a CFO. This article describes what a dealer-owner needs to evaluate when making this decision, including revenue thresholds, responsibilities of the positions, compensation and outsourcing options.

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  • Crime fighting – How new technology can help detect occupational fraud

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 865

    Abstract: New technologies can more efficiently analyze a dealership’s unstructured data (emails, instant messages and social media posts) as it seeks to uncover occupational fraud. This article explains how natural language processing works and its potential in identifying weaknesses in internal controls and unearthing fraudulent behavior before it’s too late. A short sidebar highlights some eye-popping fraud numbers from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2020 Report to the Nations.

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  • How to account for forgivable PPP loans

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 423

    Abstract: Since the PPP was rolled out as part of the CARES Act last spring, more than 5 million businesses, including some auto dealerships, have taken out PPP loans. These funds have helped businesses weather the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article addresses some of the questions about the accounting treatment of forgivable PPP loans.

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  • Succession planning – Does your dealership have a buy-sell agreement?

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 588

    Abstract: A buy-sell agreement is a legal document that details succession plans if an owner is no longer capable of leading the business. A properly drafted agreement lays out the terms and conditions under which other owners or the business itself may purchase an owner’s interest in the event of his or her death or disability. This article explains reasons to have an agreement and how to fund it.

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  • “Secrets” of the balance sheet – Use the document to reveal your dealership’s true financial health

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 691

    Abstract: Information on an auto dealership’s balance sheet can provide insight into the business’s overall financial picture. Among other things, management can use the balance sheet to determine its return on equity, debt-service and current ratios. It also can help spot unsubstantiated estimates, underreported expenses and even fraud. This article spotlights using the balance sheet to help monitor AR, manage inventory, and evaluate sources and uses of cash. A sidebar explains how rounded numbers on a balance sheet can be a red flag.

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  • 3 ways DMS can help you work smarter

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 815

    Abstract: The DMS is the backbone of an auto dealership’s operations. This article serves up three ways a dealership can use DMS features to improve its efficiency, customer service and bottom line. It discusses how to maximize CRM benefits, use text and emails more efficiently and take advantage of lesser-used DMS modules. A sidebar discusses getting the most out of the DOC reports generated by the DMS.

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