In the Buy Here Pay Here car business tax season would be comparable to what the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are to the retail industry. To give you a visual just picture Black Friday at the mall and think of the same on a slightly smaller scale at the car lot. This tax season is shaping up to be a great one for Approved Auto Sales as people throughout the area are using a small portion of their tax refund checks to purchase transportation for their family. It is the busiest time of the year in the used car business. . . and it is also a lot of work.
As we buy vehicles for our Approved car lots all units are delivered to our shop located here in Fulton. The guys at the shop work through a check sheet of several points to check on each and every vehicle. The guys are dedicated to finding and correcting all minor problems with any vehicle before it is moved on to a car lot. In the pre-owned car business this process is termed “reconditioning”. In preparation for tax season our buyers bought scores of vehicles in a short period of time, all of these being delivered to the shop waiting for reconditioning.
The guys at the shop had been doing a great job keeping up with the influx of cars and were meeting their goals on a weekly basis for units completed. However, sales spiked a little sooner than had been expected. Add on top of that the fact that we had two Fulton Auto Auction dates within a three week period and one can see how things would get backed up at the shop. Again, the staff was doing a great job and meeting goals. . . we were just limited by time. Knowing that we were limited on time and not effort, the guys at the shop stepped up and offered to work late each day and on weekends until we get caught up. When I hear the business catchphrase “Above and Beyond” I think of efforts similar to our shop employees.
I take my hat off today to the staff at our shop. It has been a hectic past few weeks but they have remained positive and are doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Thanks guys for all you do! ~ Luke
“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. “ Gandhi