Anti-theft technology for vehicles has improved over the years, making it harder for thieves to break-in and drive away in automobiles. Because of the improved technology, criminals are now targeting car parts, according to an article on WardsAuto.com. In this case, thieves are turning their attention to items like tires and wheels that can easily be taken and sold without being traced.
Theft at Dealerships
While many may think that criminals only target vehicles in neighborhoods and parking lots, news stories show that dealership lots are often targeted. Thieves pick dealer lots because there is a significant number of car parts to steal with a relatively low risk of being caught. This means that your store has the potential to lose a considerable amount of money if proper security measures are not in place.
Many stores use lighting and security cameras to deter crime. While these items may help, thieves have been known to cut wires and dress in dark clothing. These actions make many common loss prevention methods ineffective.
Dealerships are now turning to more advanced products to keep criminals away. WardsAuto.com reports that Wheeltrack, a theft deterrent firm, has seen a sales increase in wheel marking products that you and your customers can use for identification purposes. This deters criminals, as the parts can easily be identified and traced back to their original owner.
Opportunity for Sales
Even though your store may be forced to spend more money on security measures, you have the potential to sell more accessories to your customers. Your team should be able to offer theft deterrent products like wheel etching and locking lug nuts, along with potential insurance options that offer coverage if the worst happens. Understanding theft risk and training your staff to educate your customers has the potential to benefit everyone involved.
Know What’s on Your Lot
You can track your vehicle inventory and know what's on your lot by using our LotPro system. LotPro allows you to easily account for your inventory and know where each of your vehicles should be. This system allows you to view what you have, which is especially helpful when desking a car deal for a subprime customer.
Sell More Cars
Our LotPro system also gives you additional opportunities besides tracking your inventory. It offers desking, lead management, and bankruptcy list marketing components that will give your store the ability to sell more cars in a shorter amount of time with higher per-unit gross profits. The system also allows you to build deals for special finance customers that you may not have been able to easily produce in the past.
If you would like to sell more cars and close more deals, then begin the process today by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 888-535-2277. One of our Auto Credit Express representatives will be in touch with you soon. You'll quickly realize all the advantages of partnering with us after speaking to one of our experts.