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How to Keep Your Entire Team: ON TASK...ON TRACT...and ON YOUR PROCESS!

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For Every Manager... Job 1 Should Be To Guard the Winning Process

Auto dealerships encompass various profit centers and operating units, each with established processes critical to achieving performance success. However, maintaining consistency in these processes can be challenging as team members may skip steps or modify them based on personal preferences.

To safeguard these processes and ensure the overall success of the dealership, the use of checklists becomes invaluable. Here’s a detailed look at the value of checklists for each manager and the overall benefits they provide:

Value of Checklists for Each Manager:

General Manager

  • Coordination and Oversight: Checklists enable General Managers to ensure that all departments adhere to standardized procedures, fostering a cohesive and well-coordinated operation.

  • Performance Monitoring: By using checklists, General Managers can monitor and track compliance with established processes, quickly identifying and addressing deviations.

Sales Managers

  • Sales Process Consistency: Checklists help Sales Managers ensure that every team member follows the same steps during the sales process, from customer greeting to closing the sale, enhancing customer experience and increasing conversion rates.

  • Training and Development: They provide a structured framework for training new sales staff, ensuring consistency and preventing bad habits from forming.

F&I Managers

  • Compliance and Accuracy: Checklists assist F&I Managers in adhering to regulatory requirements and ensuring all necessary paperwork is accurately completed, reducing the risk of legal issues and customer dissatisfaction.

  • Efficiency: Streamlining the finance and insurance process with checklists ensures that all steps are followed, minimizing errors and speeding up the transaction.

Service Managers

  • Operational Efficiency: Service Managers can use checklists to ensure that maintenance and repair processes are consistently followed, leading to efficient operations and higher customer satisfaction.

  • Quality Control: Checklists help maintain high standards of service quality, ensuring that no step is overlooked and that vehicles are serviced correctly and safely.

Parts Managers

  • Inventory Management: Checklists assist Parts Managers in maintaining accurate inventory records, ensuring that parts are ordered and stocked appropriately, avoiding shortages or overstocking.

  • Process Adherence: They help ensure that all procedures related to parts handling, from receiving to dispatching, are followed meticulously.

Business Development and Marketing Managers

  • Campaign Consistency: Checklists help these managers ensure that all steps in marketing campaigns and lead generation processes are followed, leading to consistent and successful outcomes.

  • Performance Tracking: They provide a means to track the effectiveness of different strategies and make data-driven adjustments.

Support Managers (Controllers, IT, HR)

  • Standardization: Checklists ensure that financial, technological, and human resource processes are standardized across the dealership, reducing variability and enhancing reliability.

  • Compliance: They help in maintaining compliance with industry regulations and internal policies, minimizing risk.

Overall Benefits of Checklists

Improved Consistency and Quality

Checklists ensure that all team members follow the same steps, leading to consistent and high-quality outcomes across all departments.

Error Reduction

By providing a clear and detailed list of steps, checklists reduce the likelihood of errors and omissions, which can lead to costly mistakes and customer dissatisfaction.

Enhanced Efficiency

Streamlined processes with checklists save time by reducing the need for team members to remember every step, allowing them to focus on execution.

Better Training and Onboarding

Checklists serve as an excellent training tool for new employees, ensuring they understand and adhere to established processes from day one.

Increased Accountability

With checklists, it is easier to hold team members accountable for following procedures, as each step can be tracked and verified.

Boosted Team Confidence

Employees can perform their tasks with greater confidence, knowing they have a reliable guide to follow, reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction.

Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

Consistent adherence to processes ensures a high standard of service, leading to improved customer experiences and higher satisfaction levels.

Data-Driven Improvements

Checklists allow for the collection of performance data, enabling managers to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement, fostering a culture of continuous enhancement.

Checklists are a vital tool for ensuring that each department within an auto dealership operates efficiently and effectively.

By implementing and rigorously adhering to checklists, managers can safeguard their processes and ensure that every team member contributes to the dealership’s success.

Well thought out Checklists are the steps you follow to your goals and to organizational success. If each of your management team does not have a Checklist... then what process are they following?

The above is just a small excerpt for a more detailed DealersEdge Guide – To Dealership Management Checklists See below for info on how to get a copy for your desk.


Successful auto dealerships are run on well-thought-out processes, executed by diligent and conscientious managers.

Checklists can assist managers by helping to assure that no steps in the process are skipped or neglected.

This DealersEdge Guide contains multiple examples of checklists… recommended by a team of DealersEdge Expert Industry Contributors… each a recognized authority if their area of interest.

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