According to the FBI’s latest figures, vehicle theft has dropped for the sixth consecutive year. Based on that information, it would appear that theft isn’t an issue that dealers need to be particularly concerned about. However, those figures are deceptively positive, because the rate of stolen vehicles that are never recovered has reached a 20-year high (43 percent). That … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Lot from Vehicle Theft
In May of 2009 there was an article in the Katy Times about the Harris County Sheriff’s Office looking for two individuals who had defrauded several Houston area car dealerships of nearly $750,000. The two gentlemen in question were obtaining employment at various automobile dealerships in order to obtain customer information. With the information, they financed numerous … [Read more...] about Why Run A Background Check?
We have all seen the commercials about identity theft: The ones with the guy that uses someone else’s credit card to go on lavish vacations or buy expensive jewelry. While the commercials may be funny, the situation is serious. The fact is identity theft is the fastest growing and most expensive crime today. For the record, identity theft is not just credit cards or … [Read more...] about Avoid Identity Theft in Your Service Drive
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 … [Read more...] about An Ounce Of Prevention
"Because I could." was the response given by former President Bill Clinton when asked by news anchor Dan Rather why he had become involved with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. I heard this just days after I had written an article for the July 2004 issue of Dealer Marketing Magazine, in which I suggested that there were just two basic causes that lead otherwise good … [Read more...] about I Did It Because I Could