The super mini car market has been dominated by three big car companies for the last decade. And while the Ford, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen all deliver a great product. They haven’t seen anything until they see the brand new Honda Jazz. For years Honda has proven itself as the most reliable car company on the planet. There is no denying that these vehicles are not only well worth their sticker price, but will be around for a very long time. It are these two factors that make this brand so worth while. So why get into the mini car market?Over the last 10 years we have seen a major shift into what we believe cars should be. It used to be the bigger the vehicle the better. Now many peoples minds are shifting to support the idea that being good to our environment, and saving money on gasoline and oil is the goal of having a vehicle.You can see why this is so. But things are shifting and most people would love to be a part of both of those scenerios. But until now the Honda Jazz has not been here. Now with the reliability of the Honda name, and the new style and feel that the Jazz bring there is no fault as to why this car won’t be driving all over the world in a matter of months.The Honda Jazz not only looks great and will last a long time, but has a 1.5 Litre VTEC engine that can handle the toughest of conditions. Where most of these smaller vehicles end up feeling like a toy out on the motor way, the Honda Jazz seems to shine and blow away the competition. With it’s power, performance, and looks this car is set up for the younger generation who wants to not only drive something that will help keep the earth cleaner, but they can also save money. With 5 doors this mini car is plenty of car for just about any situation. There is not a better vehicle on the same level for the price tag anywhere.
It’s that awful time for car owners, your car’s paint is damaged and you need some automotive paint repair done to get it back to like new. Maybe you were in a low impact collision, scraped the door backing out of the garage, or worst of all, your entire car has been randomly keyed or vandalized. Whatever the reason, there are a number of solutions available to you in the car paint repairs market. Not only will your vehicle be looking better, but it will also be better protected with all of its metal covered in paint and protected from the elements that cause rust.The first thing I want to look at is why car paint repairs are necessary. To put it simply paint is fashion and function. The paint protects the metal underneath, which is vulnerable to various elements, most notably the weather, but road salt and further chipping factor in as well. Damage that is not attended to immediately can lead to costly future repairs down the road. There is no benefit at all to waiting to do a repair.Most auto paint repairs are simple procedures. For smaller scratches, dents, and scrapes you can go with a zone repair. A zone repair is a cost effective solution as it only focuses on a specific spot of your vehicle and does a seamless repair of it without painting the entire panel. This is done by isolating the area with tape and paper, while the repair person blends the paint just perfectly to match the original colour. A professional at this technique can do it in a way that matches the paints original factory look and colour around the repair so that no one will ever be able to tell that any damage ever happened. This can be done on side panels, hoods, trunks, and doors. It saves time, money and value over the cost of a repair to the entire panel. It often allows the repair to be done below the cost of your insurance deductible.For larger damaged areas a complete repaint of the entire panel may be necessary. This can be done at a reasonable cost, but not as cheaply as a zone repair. Remember that this is about protecting your car, and ensuring the greatest value for it in the long run. Do not go with the most economical option. Choose what is best for the long term in keeping your car its best. If there is heavy damage to the metal under the panel it may be necessary to replace the entire panel. This would be unfortunate as this is costly and often requires a repaint of the new panel to match the look and colour of the rest of the vehicle, but there is no good that will come of having an old panel on that rusts.So whether it was your own fault, an accident of someone else’s doing, or you were the victim of vandalism, it is essential for the long term use of your car that even the smallest dings and chips get attended to. Failure to do so can lead to rust which will dramatically reduce the value of your vehicle. Get immediate automotive paint repair specialists to look at your car to correct this type of damage.
As the reorganization of almost everything automotive domestic occurs wholesale field operations must follow.As marching orders flow downhill, many OEM field office executives and managers are finding themselves in a somewhat rudderless environment. Oh course the pressure for dealer sales will never end. But, just how to set up the new regional and district personnel, processes and structure coming down the road for each field office for some is still a mystery for some.In preparation for a more comprehensive direction from the home office many managers are thinking about or working on the following strategies to be ready for the inevitable quick start as corporate directions disseminate.Proven strategies that have worked for some include;1. Facilitate Organizational Analysis of factors that affect branch dealer account managers, branch managers and service representatives… environmental impediments to multi-delivery.Identify sales and service process tasks, activities that do not add value or contribute to the achievement of dealer performance objectives.2. Document a Branch Process and Flow Chart Analysis for all sales and service duties/tasks, decisions, information needed, communications, and personnel job functions. Core competency analysis areas could include relationship management, investment management, transaction processing, financial engineering, teleservices, risk management, customer information capture, etc. Compare process and flow chart information with OEM dealer F&I multi-delivery process analysis… for gaps and disconnects.3. Facilitate the Multi-Delivery Change/Improvement Process by mapping the sales and service process from root cause, critical success factors, competitive advantages, and benchmark targets (internal/external) through synthesis, revision and implementation.4. Develop a Personnel Abilities Test (personality, motivation, and core skills) and assessment measurement instrument (factor analysis) for all branch sales/service personnel. We recommend this instrument be used simultaneously for hiring, training, and personnel multi-delivery assignment decisions by branches.5. Determine and measure the difference between what wholesale employees are expected to do and what they are actually doing regarding complete F&I product sales and service duties… a Needs Analysis for the new startup (new positions/functions) and diagnostic (likely causes for startup performance problems).Identify gaps and barriers in meeting sales and service skills, standards (problem solving, dealer process understanding, objectives reporting, dealer sales and service relations, etc.), and knowledge.6. Facilitate “Team” Sales and Service Performance Standards. Overall, these meetings will assist; responsibility delegation, information sharing, group consensus building, and set up a performance appraisal system and accountability reviews to meet new multi-delivery challenges… reinforce the branch cycle of multi-delivery improvements through increases in commitment, coordination, and competence.7. Facilitate “Team” Sales and Service Performance Improvement and Evaluations. After standards are confirmed this diagnostic monitor will; – Stabilize and evaluate the performance of each team, – Determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, – Outline critical success factors and the characteristics of each teams competitive advantages as they relate to their achievement to sales and service tasks, – Determine relative accountability of each team member.8. Prepare Training Recommendations for all branch sales and service personnel and management that include specific content need areas.9. Propose a national Performance Recognition Communications program that acknowledges aggregate performance measures of success, for selected service and sales personnel and teams.10. Key Account Market Measures Analysis – Establish and identify multi-delivery baseline sales volume and market features and benefits, strength or weakness criteria and probable branch product sales conquest strategies for dealers in various stages of Ford customer involvement.12. Identify and compare branch sales & service continuous improvement objectives, process and measures of performance against dealer and corporate performance criteria.With reorganization many domestic manufacturers are now in a position to do it right without the same inventory and cost pressures that existed before public investment became a reality.Ask the author for a complete strategy review.