Learn to Fish

As I think about providing BHPH dealers with advice on securing capital for their business, I am reminded by the old proverb we have heard many times; “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  This proverb sticks out as I view SDA’s role as a teacher on how to successfully use a capital provider as opposed to just providing dealers capital.  I would like to share some lessons learned after 30 years of providing millions of dollars in capital to BHPH dealers. Read More

Sprained or Broken

At 6’4”, I have an advantage at sports – especially basketball.  As I age the simple things get harder.  Back in the Fall a routine rebound left me with a painful injury and I’m not sure if I sprained my ankle or something is broken.  Regardless, it will take time to recover. I share this as the news continues to swirl in the business world and within our own Buy Here Pay Here industry.  Are we broken or just sprained? Regardless, it took time to recover and we will have to do things differently. (Read More…)

Interview with Gary Page

In April 1990, Gary Page took a chance on his dream. Using $10,000 he’d saved while working as an investment banker fresh out of business school and an equal amount from a loan acquired using his money as collateral, Page founded SDA Inc., as a floorplan company serving dealers in the Atlanta area. Thirty years later, SDA has grown into one of the largest providers of capital to Buy Here-Pay Here dealers nationwide. (Read More…)

Resolutions for BHPH Dealers

New Year’s resolutions can be an effective way to stimulate growth and re-energize the staff for a new year. The secret to making resolutions work is to keep them simple, start small, communicate your plans and, most important, reward yourself for success. Every person and business can benefit from resolutions – including the best BHPH dealers in the industry. Here are ideas that can help get you started. RESOLUTION 1: TRIPLE THE CUSTOMER DATABASE – Digital and social marketing are here to stay. Dealers with up-to-date customer information, including emails and cellphone numbers, are ahead of the game. (Read Article)

Customers, Cars, and Capital – Juggling the C’s

BHPH Dealer Magazine – (December 2019) Mr. Gary Page – Juggling supposedly boosts brain development.  In my experience tying to juggle seems to impact the ability to think straight – not boost the brain.  Yet every day in the Buy Here Pay Here business, dealers are constantly juggling the “3 C’s”; Customers, Cars and Capital.  Finding new customers, serving existing customers, and even chasing a few delinquent customers can sometimes take all the energy you have.  Couple that with finding the right cars, preparing them for sale, and turning over inventory. And lastly, managing the capital to keep the other two “C’s” in the air may seem to be the hardest to handle. Read Article

USED CAR NEWS – SDA Sees More Demand

Used Car News:  How has your company performed this year?

Mr. Gary Page, chief executive officer of SDA:  This year has been pretty busy.  We had one competitor leave the business and there have been fewer funds available from banks.  That’s been good for our business.  If capital is tightening up, that is good for us.  The demand side has been strong.  More dealers are moving into buy -here, pay-here.  It’s always slower in the summer, especially in Florida, but our numbers are up.  Everyone should be doing well right now.  Click here to read the interview.

 

SDA Provides Funding To Dealers

Small Dealers Assistance (SDA) in Atlanta has been a consistent capital provider to the buy-here, pay here industry nationwide for over two decades. In addition to being one of the oldest, most established, suppliers of capital to the buy-here, pay-here industry, SDA pays the highest advance in the industry – up to 90 percent. [Read more…]

The Capital Markets

DEALER BUSINESS JOURNAL -What are the capital markets doing?  How tight is credit?  My bank just notified me that they no longer want to fund my buy here-pay here (BHPH) operation.  What are my options? Read more...