Key Takeaways from NADA 2024

The automotive industry is in a state of rapid evolution, with new technologies, market shifts, and consumer behaviors reshaping the landscape. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) 2024 conference provided valuable insights into navigating these changes, particularly in the fixed ops sector.

Here are some key takeaways that can help automotive professionals thrive in the dynamic market ahead:

Parts Department Helps in Dealership Profitability

Parts departments are critical in dealership profitability, often responsible for over half of a dealership’s gross profits. Despite this, they often need to be more staffed and noticed. With the parts and service industry booming, dealerships have a significant opportunity to capitalize on the parts business. Optimizing inventory and embracing online sales are key strategies to boost parts performance and profitability.

Parts Department Marketing & Shop Retention

Another important takeaway was the growing need for marketing the parts department. While much attention is given to promoting car sales, dealers often overlook the parts department. This is a missed opportunity considering the revenue generated by parts departments and the growth potential, especially in the aftersales market. By implementing a serious marketing strategy for the parts business, dealerships can see real results, particularly as the parts eCommerce segment is expected to reach $25 billion by 2024.

Efficient Inventory Management for Better Customer Experience

Efficient parts inventory management emerged as a key focus area at NADA 2024. Experts emphasized the importance of optimizing and maintaining a healthy parts inventory to improve accuracy and increase parts sales. By minimizing waste, reducing obsolete parts, and streamlining stock orders, dealerships can decrease customer wait times and boost customer loyalty.

Embracing the Complexity of Online Parts Sales

While parts of eCommerce present a significant opportunity for dealerships, it also comes with its challenges. NADA 2024 highlighted the need for solutions that streamline parts sales processes and create efficient ways to manage online sales. Embracing online sales channels is crucial for growing a dealership’s online parts business and staying competitive in the market.

Staff Development and Adapting to Market Shifts

NADA 2024 also underscored the importance of staff development, marketing, AI, and CRM in shaping dealership success. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant shifts in the market, particularly affecting new and used vehicle sales. Dealerships need to adapt their strategies to meet these changing market demands.

The Bottom Line

A key theme that resonated throughout NADA 2024 was the importance of investing in employee growth and development. Providing opportunities for staff to grow and advance in their careers is not only beneficial for the employee but also for the dealership.

Staff retention is directly correlated with customer retention, highlighting the significance of finding the right people and providing them with business growth opportunities.

In a nutshell, NADA 2024 provided valuable insights into the future of the automotive industry, particularly in fixed ops.

By focusing on parts department profitability, efficient inventory management, embracing online sales, and investing in employee growth, automotive professionals can position themselves for success in the ever-evolving automotive landscape.


Mark Begley

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Mark Begley

Mark Begley

About Mark Begley

Mark Begley, VP of Revenue at Autosoft DMS,  is an executive leader with a background in the automotive and software…