Buy Here – Pay Here operators across the country have been debating over the last few years whether to embrace the latest innovations in technology or to stick with the traditional way of operating their businesses. It has been almost 15 years since the first payment protection devices hit the market. Since then, new technologies that can be adapted to BHPH seem to appear almost weekly. There is GPS, auto
Perhaps the single biggest issue on whether a customer can successfully pay off his account is how you structured the deal. Poor deal structure will ensure you will have collection issues throughout the loan and will significantly increase your repossession and charge-off numbers. The wrong deal structure will set your customer up for failure. Many conventional Buy Here-Pay Here dealerships charge excessive gross profits and/or the maximum interest rate their
The following is a list of terms and formulas that are used in the basic math calculations performed every day in the operation of a BHPH dealership. Many of these terms have extensive legal and accounting implications. These definitions are not meant to give you the complete legal definitions or interpretations. The purpose of this list is to illustrate a common language that used in this setting. Some are very
I have just returned from the 1st Annual Mid-Atlantic Independent Auto Dealers Association Conference in Atlantic City. It was an excellent conference with 25 educational sessions to assist independent auto dealers. The conference was very well run and, based on everything I heard from dealers in attendance, will continue to grow every year. If you weren’t there, I’d put this one on your calendar as a must attend for next year.
In previous articles I have discussed the dilemma dealers face regarding Cash In Deal with the current high state of wholesale vehicle prices and additional potential sources for BHPH inventory. This month I’d like to take a look at inventory pricing. After all reconditioning has been completed; the person responsible for establishing the selling prices of your inventory should drive the vehicle. Only after driving the vehicle should he then
I just got off the telephone with a dealer who was complaining he hadn’t been able to buy a single unit at the auction today. He claimed every car he wanted went for over $3500 and, with a cash in deal policy of $2500, average reconditioning expenses of just about $700 and average customer down of just under $800, he just couldn’t make $3500 cost vehicles fit his business model.