The following article compares a representative sample of November 2009 versus 2008 Top of the BOC (TBOC) data.
In Chart 1, we see total store gross profit was up, but net was slightly down. The good news is that there was a net for November. This was a very tough month for most dealers, as evident by the revenue change from last year.
PVS/PUS = per vehicle sold
TBOC = average of top 5 BOC members (based on store GP)
NOP = Net Operating Profit
NN or N Norm = National Norms (data compiled from multiple groups).
Chart 2 shows that most unit categories were up, preowned UTV in particular. Dealers are working harder to maintain margins in spite of inventory dumping. Regrettably, flooring PVS was also up. Most OEs are working to help this situation by reducing build plans, order quantities and even doing some inventory balancing in the field.
In Chart 3, service labor margin has really come up. Service sales have improved for many dealers and the remaining techs are working harder. This effectively reduces the cost of goods sold (tech compensation) relative to revenue. There has also been a significant improvement in net profit per repair order.
Chart 4 reveals that F&I has taken a major hit during this recession. Two years ago dealers were "killing" the $500 benchmark. Now they are at $320 gross profit. The national norms are showing $370 year to date, a bit better, but not much. The main culprit is the decrease in finance penetration. Plus, financed deals have little extra room for add-on stuff. PPM decreased as dealers backed off due to high redemptions. Many dealers spent their reserves to stay alive while customers started using their PPM more. Take note of this. You must retain close to 80% of current potential PPM redemptions. Security systems look to be a growing product category. There are a lot of good products and consumers are buying them. Also, credit life has found new life (sorry).
Use this information to see what you can improve in your dealership operation. Get a handle on every aspect of your business. Measure, monitor and manage it so you will be around when this thing finally runs its course.
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