When someone is sick and they have a fever, they will usually respond with “I have a fever” when they are asked, “what is the matter”. A fever is just an indicator that something else is wrong. Your body is fighting something, and that something could be dozens of things, from a common cold to the flu and more.
Same in sales of virtually any kind. As it relates to the car business, whether in sales or service (nevertheless, all of it is sales), there are indicators that are blamed for a lack of income. If one can see past the indicator and diagnose why it is happening, the “fever” will pass and the results will increase.
I have heard people mention they missed a monetary bonus of some kind because a customer satisfaction survey was less than par, and the person who missed the score was sure they did nothing wrong. I say it is an indicator that you need to brush up on, learn, (or re-learn) advanced people skills.
I have heard sales consultants say that a customer will not answer the phone a day or two after leaving the showroom and that is why they missed their sales targets. I say, the reason a prospective customer is ducking their calls is just an indicator that they missed it when they had the chance in person. They either talked too much, listened to little, did not find out what the customer really wanted to accomplish, or pressed their own agenda on the customer (or all of the above).
I have heard service advisors make excuses on why they don’t seem to sell as much as their peers. “My customers say they can’t afford it”, “my customers want to wait until next time”, “my customers say they can get it done elsewhere cheaper”, etc. That is the indicator that there is a deeper problem. A “fever” if you will. I say they missed a chance to build rapport, missed a chance to do a thorough walk around, perhaps did not build value, or they were looking to “sell” instead of serve.
If we will all be bold enough to find out why we have the fever, and do something about it, we will have a much more prosperous and joyful year than 2017.