The Power Information Network is a division of J.D. Power and Associates. Its automated system collects data from roughly 1/3 of all franchised dealers and provides a free reporting tool, PowerDealer, showing both the individual dealer's data and aggregated results from other dealers. PowerDealer is a nice complement to the free Dataium information I wrote about last week. While Dataium is live shopping information, PowerDealer is sales information in near real time. Between the two, you have insight into what is actually being sought and bought.
Unlike sales reports based on registration data, this information is no more than 24 hours old from the point of sale. This makes the guidebook particularly useful during times of turbulent pricing and fluctuating demand.
A feature I find helpful for knowing what vehicles to be on the lookout for is the ROI indicator; it combines gross profit and days to turn. If the average retailer cost of a vehicle is $12,000 and its average sales price is $14,000 with an average 30 days to turn, then the dealer could expect to make $2,000 in one month. If this were repeated each month, it would result in a 200% ROI on the $12,000 investment ($2,000 X 12 months = $24,000). Sorting vehicles by ROI is a quick way to identify attractive inventory.
Another fantastic feature is PowerDealer's ability to plot sales information on a Google map with a variable radius from the store. Franchise sales reports can be seen at four regional levels. It also includes a booking tool backed by current sales data.
This free tool is not going to replace your vAutos or any other robust market-data tool. It can help your sales managers know whether their expected gross margins line up with benchmarks based on what is actually selling in the same time period.
I'm told that some dealers still hold back from participating in order to retain anonymity. The 1/3 penetration rate assures that enough dealers are included in the aggregate benchmarks to dismiss that concern in nearly all cases. A fixed-operations module can be added for a fee, but the core product is free to dealers.
The PowerDealer demo site can be accessed at: https://pinpowerdealer.com