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Dealer Voices: “We didn’t get better. We got significantly better.”

In this vAuto Podcast Dealer Voices episode, host Randy Kobat and Gary Wexler, general manager of Honda of Downtown Chicago, discuss the dealership’s decision to move to an investment value-based strategy for managing used vehicles and the positive changes that resulted. Wexler also shares how he and his team have put a greater emphasis on acquiring customer vehicles to feed their used vehicle inventories and the steps they’ve taken to bring more accountability, collaboration and efficiency to their used vehicle reconditioning process.

About the Author

Randy Kobat is vice president of operations and inventory management solutions for vAuto, Rebates & Incentives, KBB ICO and related products. In this role, Randy oversees all aspects of operations and performance for these companies and segments of Cox Automotive, helping them meet their respective goals for growth, product development and integration, and customer and employee satisfaction. Randy brings a unique blend of executive leadership expertise to vAuto that includes long-term planning, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, operations, sales management, and strategy development. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Randy successfully held a variety of top-level leadership positions for automotive-related companies including Service Repair Solutions Inc., Trilogy Enterprises and CDK. Randy has also served as a business leadership lecturer for the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and other business schools. Randy earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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