An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I heard this old saying from my elders when I was just a kid, but I haven’t heard it in such a long time. I remember wondering what prevention was, and how much of it would make an ounce. At that time, I had a real good idea of what cure was, and the huge amount of it that would be needed to make a pound. In those days, cures weren’-t sugar coated or flavored to taste like mint, wild cherry, or strawberry. I knew that I had no desire to have to take a pound of any of the cures I had been exposed to up to that point in my life-so I was really interested in learning about prevention.
I guess those early lessons stuck with me, and as time passed I realized that prevention didnt only apply to illnesses and medicine. I learned that in the school of life, the cures for almost any problem were considerably more costly-and therefore more distasteful-than were the measures that could have prevented the problem in the first place.
A simple example that everyone is familiar with is changing the engine oil in a car. Everyone knows that if the oil is changed regularly at the recommended mileage intervals and checked at least at every fill-up of the fuel tank, we can expect to use our cars for several years, and often for hundreds of thousands of miles, without having to deal with the problems of engine failure, towing, delays in reaching our destination, unplanned hotel expenses, and costly repair bills, all of which leaves a bad taste in our mouths (similar to what we used to get from those cures mentioned earlier!).
There are preventions for almost every kind of problem: exercise, proper rest and diet for good health- regular oil changes for extended engine life- door locks for home and business security, and insurance for protection against catastrophic loss. The list, of course, goes on, but let’s focus on loss prevention as it applies to challenges managing dealer demo plates. The prevention needed is a good demo plate control system that has been designed for this specific purpose. A reputable provider will be able to tell you exactly what prevention is needed, and how much it takes to make up that ounce that will equal the pound of cure. They can even tell you how much the necessary prevention will cost, so that you can allow for it in your business plan. What no one can tell you, and what you cant allow for, is the cost of the cure for a problem involving a demo plate for which you have not provided adequate security. That cure could leave a bad taste in your mouth for a long time.
Bernard Boule is president of M-Tech, and has designed and developed products for the auto retail industry for over 20 years. He holds numerous patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He can be contacted at 800-642-4522 or at [email protected]