Despite the summer doldrums, August used car sales at Florida Fine Cars reached nearly 700 vehicles, an impressive accomplishment for the company’s three independent dealerships in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Industry experts regularly forecast summer sales slumps which is why Florida Fine Cars’ accomplishments are so noteworthy.
According to USA Today, national industry vehicle sales fell 4.2 percent in August, compared with a year earlier, for an annualized rate of 16.98 million vehicles. Nevertheless, Florida Fine Cars powered back despite extra challenges including access issues posed by road construction in front of the Hollywood dealership.
Impressive on all fronts, considering analysts at Edmunds.com and Kelley Blue Book had projected an overall auto industry sales decline of 2.5 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively, USA Today reported.
In West Palm Beach, sales consultant Moe Eisa once again earned top honors as Florida Fine Cars’ top seller in both at his store and also companywide, selling a remarkable 40 used cars in August.
Eisa’s customer base comes largely through customer referrals and also dogged follow up on leads. He is consistently the company’s most driven and productive used car seller and is always, always busy.
Miami’s Tyrone Thompson came in second with the noteworthy August sale of 16.5 used vehicles, an accomplishment managers attribute to good follow up and lots of referrals from happy customers.
“He is a gentleman who likes to advertise to his friends. He has a lot of repeat customers. He has built a reputation on being a transparent car salesman,” said Miami sales manager Frank Coker. “He likes to work with the community. He has become known as the guy you go to for a used car.”
Top August sales at Florida Fine Cars Hollywood were tied between Paulo Mendes-Freitas and Eric Minnifield, with sales of 13.5 cars each. Both sales consultants are driven workers with personal books of business that keep their sales humming.
Minnifield’s customers also rave about his personalized service as evidenced by a posting by the purchaser of a red Mercedes on DealerRater’s review site:
“It is so refreshing to have great customer service and someone who works hard to get the job done. I have visited several car dealers online/in person, but Eric took control of the sale immediately. I was just driving by because I just left another dealer that said ‘Come back tomorrow.’ It was about 5:30, but Eric believed we can get it done. I was extremely happy with his professionalism & positive attitude.”
Businesses along the State Road 7 corridor in south Hollywood have been challenged by construction issues related to a road-widening project that has blocked business entrances and affected visibility and access for months.
Florida Fine Cars Hollywood continues to attract car buyers because of its stellar reputation and top-notch customer reviews.
According to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index, used vehicle sales by both franchised and independent dealers increased more than twice as fast as last year during the first seven months of 2016.