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Business during the start of 2009


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Our first quarter was up 8% over last year as most our car count is up and R/o down , but we have increased our R/o up $70.00 to an average of $323.00 .

 

April is always a tough month we hope to stay on track .

 

Thanks Dan Reichow [ OHIO ]

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How has business been during the first months of 2009?

 

Our January-February was strong

March was o.k.

April has fallen off the cliff.

 

So you will know where I am coming from we had not had a down month to month in 4 years until March.

 

Can we compare notes?

 

My sales pattern was the same as yours.

January - Feb Strong

March - OK

April - off the cliff (down about 30% from last April)

 

Seems to be picking back up but still not where I need it

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This is a strange year. Our car counts have gone from an average of 100 per week to 135 per week. And we see more new customers than ever before.

 

The only negative thing I see is that people are more cautious and budget their money. Our over sales are up, but not what we would expect from such an increase in car counts.

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There are many areas of the country that are struggling. I think now is the time to make your presence know in the market. Try to increase your advertising and be more convenient to your customers. Be careful with discounting, it may hurt you bottom line and make it harder to increase prices when the economy turns around. Offer value packages like a Summer Promo. Put together a package that includes and oil change service, multipoint inspection and maybe an A/C check.

 

Keep the customer top of mind, they will remember this.

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There are many areas of the country that are struggling. I think now is the time to make your presence know in the market. Try to increase your advertising and be more convenient to your customers. Be careful with discounting, it may hurt you bottom line and make it harder to increase prices when the economy turns around. Offer value packages like a Summer Promo. Put together a package that includes and oil change service, multipoint inspection and maybe an A/C check.

 

Keep the customer top of mind, they will remember this.

 

 

Well May was a strong month for us. June started off strong but has died down last week into this week, Not sure what to attribute that to just yet.

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I think you’re right; we are not out of the woods yet, with respect to the economy. Also, consumers are more selective now on how they spend their money. The end of the summer is here and people’s thoughts are more on the start of school and their last chance of a vacation.

July was also strong for us, but business in general is down in August. Not just for us but for the all businesses.

I am confident as ever that now is the perfect time to push hard. Provide the best service, increase your advertizing and show strength. Anything less will hurt you in the long term.

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Geat article. We too have a mixed sales year. Our numbers are up, mostly because we expanded and launched a new facilty where we do a lot of walk-in service. But people are not willing to let go those dollars that easy.

 

I see the economy being very unstable the next few years, plus I fear that the currect adminisrtation may be damaging long term.

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