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AUTO 450 - Variable and Fixed Operations of the Automotive Industry

Unit(s): 3.0

Prerequisite: Enrollment requires an AS Degree in Automotive Technology or similar field, and special approval from the Program Advisor.
Advisory:PHY 120, ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H, MATH 130 or MATH 130H

This course provides automotive technology students with a detailed, practical application of successful automotive business models of new and used vehicle operations, as well as the operations of service and parts. Topics include an in-depth study of facilities and shop utilization, work scheduling, sales promotions, using advertising media, inventory control, repair order generation and control, selecting and motivating employees, and directing sales, parts, and service staff. Emphasis is placed on maximizing and balancing inventory turnaround, wholesale practices, trade-in appraising, vehicle reconditioning, the role that auctions play, the important relationship between the parts and service departments, technician productivity and efficiency, wholesale and retail parts sales, stock and non-stock parts inventory and ordering practices, and part phase-in/phase-out criteria. Current automotive industry practices and relevant case studies are discussed and demonstrated throughout the course. The overall goal of this course is to have students apply and demonstrate knowledge and skills that will enable them to advance their employment in the vehicle sales and service fixed operations management spectrum.

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