Controlling Cash in a Down Economy

Posted by Jeff Fisher on Sep 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic downturn of a severity seldom experienced in our nation. Many businesses, including dealerships, have turned to government and business loans to help keep them up and running. But there may be other sources of cash, right in your own business, that also should be explored.  

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Topics: Auto

How to Maximize Your Dealerships' Performance

Like all businesses, improving financial performance is a top priority for dealerships.  One way to maximize dealership performance is for owners to obtain CPA-prepared financial statements.  These financial statements can help identify financial and operational deficiencies and discover areas to cut costs and generate sales.  To reap these benefits, dealers must learn how to identify the information that will be most valuable to their business. 

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Topics: Auto, Audit, dealer services

Going green: How to run a sustainable dealership

As we become more conscious of our impact on the planet, businesses in many industries are adopting more environmentally friendly practices. This includes proactive auto dealerships that use more efficient renewable energy sources and reduce overall energy and water consumption.

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, dealership, dallas, green

The Importance of Insurance Policy Retention

Obtaining appropriate insurance coverage may be the first and only step dealerships take when it comes to their company's insurance policy.  As policies expire, deleting or shredding the old policy may be practice out of habit, and the dealership may never think of that policy timeframe or documentation again until it may be too late.  This article addresses the importance of retaining expired policies and the types of situations that dealerships would need to produce the expired policy if an unfortunate circumstance was ever to arise.

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, insurance

Benefits of Paid Family and Medical Leave for Dealerships

Posted by Danni Douglas, Senior I, Tax Services on May 29, 2019

With the national unemployment rate dropping to the lowest levels in more than a decade, many dealerships are looking for new ways to attract and retain talented employees. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may offer such an opportunity through the introduction of a new tax credit. By voluntarily offering paid family and medical leave to employees, this tax break could provide benefits that, in turn, could make it easier to hire and retain employees in a competitive hiring market.

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, FML, Paid Leave

Will Your Company Survive Your Retirement?

Posted by Lee Ann Collins, CPA, Managing Partner on May 1, 2019

I am Lee Ann Collins, Managing Partner at Lane Gorman Trubitt, and recently I found myself awake instead of peacefully sleeping. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was burning, and I watched the news feeds while praying with the rest of the world. The amazing emergency service teams in Paris were able to put out the fire, saving many lives and the rose window. It had me thinking about how buildings and monuments like the cathedral are a mark of those that came before us. They take a community of people to build and maintain.  Long after the architect, builder, and owner are gone, the testament to their vision and dedication remains.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Construction, consulting, medical, managing sleepless nights, succession planning

Benchmarking Your Dealership for Success

In the past, comparison has been described as the thief of joy, this article intends to defend "comparison" as more than just a thief, but rather a source of knowledge than can help a dealership gauge their performance through the use of benchmarking tactics. These benchmarks are put in place to identify strengths and weaknesses across departments and also across other dealerships. The article will dive into a variety of different metrics along with tips on how to give context and relevance to the numbers by identifying a basis of comparison for the data.

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, benchmarking, dealership

Goodwill can factor into a sale or acquisition

"Blue skies smiling at me"

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, GAAP

Artificial Intelligence is Improving How Used Cars Are Sold

Posted by Sheryl Grady on Oct 23, 2018

The term “artificial intelligence” or “AI” may conjure up sci-fi images of robots and futuristic machines. But many businesses today are using AI to obtain more accurate data and help owners and managers make better decisions.

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Topics: Auto, dealer services, AI, Artificial Intelligence, used cars

Seven more tips and tricks for SEO

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on May 30, 2018

The more people come to your site, the more likely they are to become clients or customers. Continuing to drive people to your site is beneficial for your overall business. In this last installment of the search engine optimization (“SEO”) series, we’ll be covering a few more tips that will help bring traffic to your site again and again.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction

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