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CAR FU: Car Buyer Profiling Pt. 1

Note: The following refers to pre-owned vehicles. Generally, the only variations in the “cost” of a new car to franchise dealers is in destination or shipping fees. An additional variation for buyers is the notorious ‘doc. fee’, which varies widely by dealer.

Let’s take two cars, identical in every way. The first one has cost the dealer $13000 to acquire, between the expense of the vehicle, the necessary work to prepare it for sale, new brakes and tires, etc. The second one has cost another dealer $12000, with all identical work being done. These cars are on sale for the Kelley Blue Book retail price of $15995. You have determined, through your research, that a very good price would be $14500, and a great price would be $14000. Both vehicles are eventually purchased for $14000. Dealer A has made a profit of $1000, dealer B has profited $2000, and you have purchased the vehicle for a great price. Now, let’s say that you purchased yours from dealer B and have somehow found out the specifics of both of these deals.

Do you feel

A) angry that your dealer made more money on your deal than the other dealer made on the other deal

or

B) extremely happy knowing that you bought your car at a great price.

If you answered ‘A’, you are suffering from ‘beat the dealer’ syndrome, a self-destructive, ultimately self-defeating attitude about life in general that requires that someone else must lose in order for you to win. You will never be happy in any deal of any kind, because you will always worry that you ‘left something on the table’, that you could have gotten a better deal if only you had done something differently or if everyone wasn’t out to cheat you.

If you answered ‘B’, you understand that the profit made on the sale of an individual vehicle has nothing to do with you getting a great deal. You are halfway down the road to car buying serenity.

These two entirely separate topics must stay separate in the minds of buyers. Only the owner of a particular vehicle can determine how much profit(or loss!)is acceptable in a deal. Often it is the crushing weight of time and depreciation that determines how much a vehicle will eventually sell for, whether it is a dealer or private-party sale. An acceptable offer today is sure to be lower than it would have been a month ago–to the seller–but a great deal a month ago is still a great deal today for the buyer.

Generally, those folks who are members of the ‘A’ group become that way as a result of the continuous stream of bad car buying advice they have received since birth. They feel cheated every time because they are conditioned to believe that it is the sellers objective to cheat them rather than to simply make a profit. And while this may seem like just two different ways of looking at the same thing, it is the folks who can focus on the factors they can control who will ultimately be ‘driving happy’.

Buyers need to understand how to do proper research in order to determine what a great price would be on a given vehicle, how to formulate an acceptable offer, and how to execute the deal efficiently. There is a lot of bad information out there for buyers and tools like the Kelley Blue Book require real training to use properly. In fact, the raw KBB numbers work to the advantage of the seller every single time, so folks using those numbers to build their budget are doing themselves a disservice if they do not learn more.

A dealer or an individual should determine when they will sell a vehicle at any given price. A buyer should determine what a good price is on a given vehicle, then should offer to purchase the vehicle for that price or better. If the research isn’t sound, it is possible to end up with a conversation that goes something like this:

Buyer: ” I’ll offer you $10000 for this car right now…”

Dealer: “Fantastic! Just sign here and here and off you go…!”

Buyer: “Um…on second thought…”

About the Author

Peter W. Robinson is the owner of Movinmetal,Inc. and creator of the CAR FU: Self-Defense for Car Buyers book and system.
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A Business Model That Keeps on Giving

If there were an Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame, Wayne Huizenga would be a charter member. Most people recognize the Wayne Huizenga as being the former owner of the Florida Marlins baseball team, and the current owner of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins. These are the types of gaudy baubles a billionaire entrepreneur collects. However, his success came from the most elemental business: trash hauling. 

Mr. Huizenga started as a small time cartage operator for a waste disposal firm in south Florida. He worked his way into sales and ultimately bought a small firm. In the 1960’s waste disposal was a local, independent, mom and pop type of business in the United States as well as in most industrialized countries. There was no scale. Each trash removal firm worked on contracts negotiated with local governments. There was always the fear of political winds changing and effecting a contractors future status.

From his perspective as a small time operator in a highly fragmented industry, Wayne Huizenga knew that he needed a safety net, not wanting to be tied to a sole municipality for his firm’s sustenance. His idea was elegantly simple: he would build a national firm, with appropriate leverage and economies of scale, by buying up key independent garbage hauling firms in strategically important markets. This would provide the strength to expand in every secondary market and standardize this formerly sclerotic industry. 

This idea evolved into Waste Management. Mr. Huizenga became a billionaire when his firm, after ascending to the number one spot as an international garbage-hauling firm, with contracts spanning the United States, Europe and Asia, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The simple idea of consolidating hundreds of independent firms under one roof and standardizing the service menu was a thoroughly disruptive new business model. Former owners for these independent businesses were induced to sell by offers of stock, options and management contracts.

With a billion dollars in hand, Mr. Huizenga could have retired and collected art, cars, coins or stamps. He could have hung out with the idle rich. Instead, he applied the business model that created Waste Management to a completely different business category: home entertainment. In the 1970’s, with the market introduction of first beat-max, and subsequently VHS technology, and then the rapid descent of retail pricing for home video players, thousands of independent retail stores popped up offering video for rent. The ability to rent a popular movie tape and play it when desired in the comfort of one’s home, was a huge change in behavior and the method of delivering entertainment to the masses. 

Wayne Huizenga was restless, looking for a new challenge and open to any opportunity that offered huge potential upside rewards. He saw it in a small, but growing firm: Blockbuster Video. Today, the consumer recognizes the Blockbuster brand as a generic term for home entertainment. 25 years ago, Blockbuster was one of a handful of movie rental chains, several sold franchises, all were regional, struggling for capital to fund expansion, and competing against locally owned stores. The same fragmented industry distribution channels that existed in the garbage removal business were immediately obvious to Wayne Huizenga. He pounced.

After purchasing Blockbuster Video, Mr. Huizenga began the same type of assimilation program he pursued with Waste Management. Small, local video rental chains were purchased. The Company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the funds raised fueled a rapid expansion. The leverage and muscle that Blockbuster gained was utilized in purchasing product from the major Hollywood studios at more favorable terms than any competitor could negotiate. Small locally owned stores could not compete and thousands closed, creating more expansion opportunities for Blockbuster.

Blockbuster Video was a growth company with a huge following on Wall Street. Mr. Huizenga had replicated the success of Waste Management in a completely different industry. While Blockbuster was at its apex, he sold the business to Viacom. Hauling garbage is a highly needed, but largely unappreciated service. Renting movies is a service that is less important, but much more desired by the public. The same business model worked perfectly in two totally opposite areas of opportunity.

Blockbuster Video and Waste Management made Wayne Huizenga one of the most recognizable and successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Most people with but a small slice of this type of achievement would be completely satisfied and content. Not so with Wayne Huizenga!

Seeking another fragmented industry, where the opportunity to roll-up local and regional outlets would enable repetition of the Blockbuster Video and Waste Management successes lead Mr. Huizenga to the world of used car sales and marketing. He immediately recognized the same dysfunctional market forces, absence of scalability and pricing inefficiencies so readily apparent in the video rental and garbage hauling business.

During the 1990’s auto leasing became wildly popular. These cars are leased for a set term, typically returned with average or below average miles and dealer maintained. The problem for the automobile industry was, and is, the inventory glut that occurs as leased cars are returned. This created a unique opportunity for Wayne Huizenga and his favorite business model.

He launched Auto Nation with a public sale of equity on the New York Stock Exchange. Today, Auto Nation is the largest seller of late model used cars in the world. Inventory is vast, offering virtually every popular model in great depth and variety. The scale and national reach of Auto Nation, enables pricing to be very sharp, almost always significantly lower than local dealers. In addition, all prices are negotiable and fixed, eliminating one of the major negatives to purchasing a car, haggling over price.

Three times, in three totally differing industries, Wayne Huizenga has applied a uniquely disruptive business model that has streamlined sluggish, non-dynamic business categories. He started very small. He thought very big. This is a perfect template for every prospective entrepreneur to study and utilize.

About the Author

Geoff Ficke has been a serial entrepreneur for almost 50 years. As a small boy, earning his spending money doing odd jobs in the neighborhood, he learned the value of selling himself, offering service and value for money.

After putting himself through the University of Kentucky (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, 1969) and serving in the United States Marine Corp, Mr. Ficke commenced a career in the cosmetic industry. After rising to National Sales Manager for Vidal Sassoon Hair Care at age 28, he then launched a number of ventures, including Rubigo Cosmetics, Parfums Pierre Wulff Paris, Le Bain Couture and Fashion Fragrance.

Geoff Ficke and his consulting firm, Duquesa Marketing, Inc. (www.duquesamarketing.com) has assisted businesses large and small, domestic and international, entrepreneurs, inventors and students in new product development, capital formation, licensing, marketing, sales and business plans and successful implementation of his customized strategies. He is a Senior Fellow at the Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Business School, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Tips And Suggestions On Car Rental

There are several things that you need to be aware of if you plan to rent a car for your vacation.

There are many car rental agencies that would be more than willing to conduct business with you so you don’t have to worry about where to rent. The choice is up to you as to whether you will be choosing the services of a national franchise or a smaller car rental company. It is just important to bear in mind that you know you are dealing with a reputable agent when you can select from a wide selection of cars whether it is compact economy ones or the luxury types. The cars should be in good shape and have the basic features like power steering, air conditioning, automatic transmission and others. The car rental company should also be able to provide options like luggage racks or car seats if necessary. As much as possible, secure important information before you make any reservation.

Most people would want to get competitive rates and the best deal possible so they spend quite some time reviewing major car rental companies. But going through numerous companies can be tedious and time consuming. For those of you who do not have the luxury of time to go through many car rental companies in order to conduct some comparison shopping, you can consider travel related websites to do the price comparison shopping for you. In this manner, you spend less time researching. The disadvantage though is that some travel websites don’t extend the website offers and savings of car rental companies. So basically, it will all boil down to the amount of time you are willing to spend researching or opting for travel related websites instead.

Also, you should check with your insurance agent if your policy on personal automobile insurance covers accidents, damages, theft or loss related to the rental car. Being aware of such will prevent you from spending on any car rental insurance which you don’t exactly need. Check as well with your credit card company for any protection or benefits provided when you will be using your credit card when renting the car.

If you are planning to rent a car for your overseas travel, reserve your car rental through your travel agent. Upon reaching your foreign destination have the rental agent go you through the car’s features as overseas cars can be different from those that you may normally drive back in your own country. Be keen on the differences and be familiar too with the foreign country’s traffic rules and road signs.

Do not drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs for your insurance will not cover should any untoward accidents occur. Always wear a seatbelt. Aside from the fact that it is required by law in most countries worldwide, the seatbelt can definitely help save your life.

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James Brown writes about Fox Rent A Car promotion code, Enterprise Rent-A-Car bargains and Thrifty Rent-A-Car discounts

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Nissan to Build Plant in Russia

The Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, will start building its $200 million-worth auto plant in St. Petersburg on the 24th of this month. The announcement was made by the automaker after signing a deal with Russia’s Economy Ministry in the previous year.

“A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on June 24,” Nissan said in a statement. At its first Russian plant, the Japanese automaker plans to manufacture 50,000 cars annually by 2009. Nissan decline to specify which models will be produced in the plant. It will be announced by the automaker at a later date.

One of Russia’s Economy Ministry officials earlier divulged it would be the Almera and X-Trail. Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn said last year that he envisaged three models being produced at the plant. The Ford Motor Co. already has a plant near St. Petersburg and the Toyota Motor Corp. and the General Motors Corp. are now building plants in the said territory.

Additionally, Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corp. and trading house Itochu Corp. are expected to sign a memorandum on building a car plant in St. Petersburg with Russia’s Economy Ministry on the eighth of this month.

Nissan Almera, a small family car that is based on the MS-Platform, was designed to offer accurate handling, good tyre grip and minimal bodyroll. The second generation of the car, introduced in early 2000, features well designed curves and lines. In Nopvember 2006, the car finished production to pave the way for the Tiida. The latter was launched in Europe last month. The British version of the car will be dubbed as the Versa.

The X-Trail, meanwhile, is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker in 2001. It was Nissan’s very first crossover SUV that uses the FF-S platform. The new product line was released at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show in March to rival the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Pontiac Aztek. The X-Trail is sold in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Thailand, and Taiwan. The 2008 Nissan X-Trail will go on sale in Europe this summer.

The X-Trail using the new Nissan/Renault Alliance C-platform is made bigger and longer. It features a Nissan hubcap, active headrests, powerful engines, and various cosmetic and engineering changes. Nissan is currently offering a hydrogen fuel cell model named the X-Trail FCV on lease to businesses.

Separately, Nissan’s good standing in the industry is recognized by other auto dealerships. “Jaguar is a niche, not volume franchise and Lincoln-Mercury used to be a volume franchise, but not so much anymore,” said Bill Steinmetz, the president and partner of the Miller Automobile Corp., also called the Darien Automotive Group, which owns the Jaguar dealership at 1335 Post Road.

“Nissan is more of a buying franchise… all the way up to its luxury vehicles. And with gas prices, Nissan cars are more fuel efficient, and therefore, buyer-friendly,” Steinmetz said. Right now, he is happy to be test driving his new fleet of Nissans. Steinmetz drove the Murano Pathfinder, Altima and Frontier. The Titan and the Versa are next on his list. “I’m driving a different one all the time,” Steinmetz said. “I get a feel for them and see how they do. That’s the fun part of the job.”

It is also fun to offer new product lines. He said that the dealership has already sold quite a few Nissans. “We’ve been doing pretty well with it,” Steinmetz said. “This is a great location for Nissan and the car has a lot of appeal in this market. It has something for everybody.”

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Ryan Thomas is a native of Denver, Colorado. He grew up in a family of car afficionados. He now resides in Detroit where he owns a service shop and works part time as a consultant for a local automotive magazine.

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40 Ways to Start a Great Boomer Business

By the time you’ve put in twenty-five years or more working for a living, you’ve seen and experienced many things in your life.

 

Along the way you may have developed a strong entrepreneurial urge, but feel stumped right now because you can’t seem to focus on a solid business idea you can bring to life as a great new business.

 

To help you find a winning idea from what you’ve already done and know, We’re pleased to share with you 40 ways to use your experience and your knowledge to find a great business idea specially suited to this stage of your life.

For any of the 40 ways that seem to click for you, write down the specific business idea that comes into your mind. Let’s get started!

1 What skills can you sell as a freelancer?

EG: Accounting, computer programming, project management.

  

2 What opportunities does your most recent employer seem to be missing in the marketplace?

EG: Drapery accessories, pneumatic accessories for forklift trucks, refurbishing services for used equipment.

                                                                                        

3 What skills can you sell to your most recent employer?

EG: Total quality training, bookkeeping.

  

4 What consulting projects might you complete for your most recent employer?

EG: Annual report design, electronic cash register installation.

  

5 What products could you possibly sell to your most recent employer?

EG: Computer software, mobile snack service.

  

6 Do you have a hobby product that you can offer as a business?

EG: Christmas decorations, gift baskets, baby cradles.

  

7 Do you do something as a volunteer that others would pay for?

EG: Transportation for medical appointments, meeting planning.

  

8 Is there a service you need personally that you cannot find?

EG: Taking kids to after school activities, finding odd pieces of china.

  

9 Can you provide a product or service your friends can’t find?

EG: Home delivery of live seafood, pet sitter.

  

10 Could you sell an improved version of an existing product or service?     EG: Baby carrier or toothbrush products, grocery-shopping service.

11 Have you invented a product for which you can document market demand?

EG: New medicine cabinet, accounting software for non-profits.

  

12 Is population growth in your area creating new business opportunities? 

EG: Laundromat, locksmith, home health care products store.

13 Do you see an opportunity for a new franchised business in your neighborhood?

EG: Quick sign shop, mailbox store, children’s play area.

  

14 Do you have the experience and knowledge to buy an existing business? EG: Dry cleaner, greeting card shop, home security installer.

15 Do you know of opportunities to sell to local, state or federal government?

EG: Office furniture, time management training, construction services.

16 Is there some kind of knowledge or information you have that others might pay for? 

EG: Stock picking tips, trout fishing techniques, job application verification.

17 Can you do something with computers that others would pay for?

EG: Install wireless networks, broker used computer equipment, medical billing.

  

18 Do you know how to do something in telecommunications that others would pay for?

EG: Business phone installation, cellular phone sales, private pay phones.

  

19 Do you have a manual skill that others would pay for?

EG: Bricklaying, woodworking, stained glass design and installation, asphalt paving.

  

20 Are you especially talented in working with children?

EG: Computers for pre-schoolers, music lessons, tutoring, special field trips.

21 Are you experienced and talented in teaching/training?

EG: Foreign languages or English, space organization, job social skills.

  

22 Do your friends rave about your cooking or baking?

EG: Wedding cakes, ethnic breads, chocolate specialties.

  

23 Are you talented at organizing?  

EG: Time management, seminars, keeping your budget straight, controlling the family budget.

  

24 Are you an experienced salesperson? Could you become an independent sales rep?

EG: Industrial safety products, metal stampings, clothing for the larger woman.

  

25 Are you experienced at importing or exporting? In what product areas? 

EG: Scientific equipment to Eastern Europe, hand-carved decorations from Asia, used lathes to India.

26 What knowledge can you turn into a booklet, guide or special report?

EG: Internet marketing, parenting of special needs children, genealogy.

  

27 Are you really good at financial planning and management?

EG: installing and using Quicken, reviewing health insurance options, saving money buying and repairing cars.

  

28 Do you possess talent in graphic or fine arts design?

EG: Designing websites, painting decorative murals, custom painting of clothing.

  

29 Do you have special business management skills?

EG: Recovering from a business disaster, recruiting hard-to-find employees, negotiating trade deals in Asia.

  

30 Are you particularly adept at home repair or maintenance?

EG: Handyman services, brick sidewalk construction, inside telephone and computer wiring.

  

31 Do you have a talent for tasty cooking?

EG: Gourmet chef to go, catering, pre-cooked meals.

  

32 Do you have a special gift-related idea?

EG: Talking pictures, drawings of pets, rustic picture frames.

  

33 Are you good at fashion work?

EG: Professional clothing shopper, jewelry appraiser, distinctive window treatments.

  

34 Have you gained legal knowledge that can help others?

EG: Negotiating credit payments, finding abandoned property, locating government grants.

  

35 Are you talented in buying and refurbishing people’s possessions?

EG: Antique renovation, photo retouching, oriental carpet repair.

 36 Do you know a lot about business security?

EG: Investigating job applicants, setting up commercial security doors and cameras, protecting trade secrets.

  

37 Can you sell your talent in a sport?

EG: Rock climbing trips, running soccer camps, a guide to the NFL for women.

  

38 Do you have experience in New Age disciplines?

EG: Fung Shui consulting, spiritual readings, past-life regression analysis.

39 Can you assist people in buying a home?

EG: Home inspecting, discount decorating, finding local home services.

  

40 Do you have a particular talent working with pets?

EG: Dog breeding, fashion accessories, pet photos.

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About the Author

Jeff Williams

Jeff is an award-winning entrepreneurial coach and CEO of Bizstarters.com, selected by Kiplinger’s as “The Best Entrepreneurial Website For People Over 50”.

Launching his first business at age 40, he and his Virtual Incubator coach’s network have coached more than 4,000 Boomer entrepreneurs through the business start-up process,

Jeff is the author of eight workbooks, guides and DVDs on starting a business after 40, including his latest offering, The Ultimate Boomer Business Start-Up Guide available through Amazon.com and Bizstarters.com.

Access a diverse offering of free resources on how to launch a great Boomer business.

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