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“When you get the customer in, you’ve got to slow them down.”
This is a very common saying that is meant to allow the salesperson control of a customer in the store. People feel by slowing a shopper down, they are able to make them go through the organization's road…
Added by Joe Webb on July 17, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, believes that the future of franchise dealership profitability lies in efficient vehicle service, and as a result it’s service…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on March 29, 2018 at 6:49am — No Comments
But in your customer’s mind, was the long process worth it?
It’s a New World Out There
The car-buying process has been turned upside down by the advent of online…Continue
Added by Devin Koskan on February 14, 2017 at 5:29am — No Comments
One day, while bringing my vehicle into a large, very well-known dealership for service, a rather comical scene played out before my eyes. While the shuttle driver was leaving the dealership, his mini-van full with customers, all of a sudden a strong gust of wind came through. The shuttle van’s windows were open at the time and papers started flying out of the vehicle. He…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on February 13, 2017 at 5:17am — No Comments
Many dealers and managers outside of the service department don’t realize how incredibly busy a service advisor (SA) is throughout their day. Keep in mind that these are front-line employees dealing directly with your customers. They have an extremely important role in the dealership. In fact, it could be argued that a SA has more influence on a dealership’s livelihood when it…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on January 10, 2017 at 6:10am — No Comments
One click ordering. Buy it now. Same day delivery. Dash buttons where all you have to do is press a button and the item is shipped. You can even place orders through Amazon’s Alexa with a voice command.
Businesses like Amazon have grown into hugely popular industry giants because…
Added by Ujj Nath on November 21, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments
Recently I’ve seen several blogs and articles about the customer experience and an article in Automotive News really caught my attention and sparked my interest. It is all about how seven minutes is far too long for a service customer to wait before they are even…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on November 21, 2016 at 5:47am — No Comments
Have you ever tried to call a dealership – whether it’s to inquire about a vehicle or schedule a service appointment – just to get placed on eternal hold or thrown into someone’s voicemail? Many consumers have and, just like you, they don’t like it.
People are busy. When they pick up the phone to schedule a service appointment, or try to get information about…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 27, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments
It’s inevitable. Businesses grow and, as they do, many look for ways to automate processes. Dealerships do it with auto-responders. Many companies have automated phone trees which circle you around pressing 1s, 2s and 3s, driving you mad as you can never reach a live person for help. Customer service inquiries are responded to…Continue
Added by sara callahan on March 17, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
In business, just as is the case for any living being, all parts need to be functioning to operate at optimal efficiency. If your right leg wanted to go forward and your left leg wanted to go backwards, you probably wouldn’t make much progress walking. The same principle applies to the health, well-being and efficiency of any business. Have you ever tried to use a coupon or…Continue
Added by sara callahan on February 24, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments
Very few sales managers would punish a salesperson upon receiving a complaint that they are calling, e-mailing or texting a customer too much. In fact, after assuring the customer that they will have the salesperson stop, that sales manager will probably follow up by giving the salesperson a high five. And, to ensure this communication can happen, most dealerships lay down…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 19, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
There’s not a dealership around that hasn’t noticed the changes today’s consumers have brought to the marketplace. The differences between shopping trends of the past and the way people want to do business today can be seen and felt on the showroom floor and the lot in every…Continue
Added by Joey Little on November 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
The average dealership net profit for service and parts per month was upwards of $270,000 while new and used-car sales combined net profit per month did not even reach $150,000!
What is this telling you?…Continue
Added by Ashley Weidner on May 28, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Life in the retail automotive industry is taxing. Managers and employees work long hours and, in many cases, are with their co-workers more than they are with their families. Miscommunications, tension or arguments can detract from the efficiency of the dealership, and thus decrease overall profitability.
Technicians and service advisors work very closely…Continue
As part of the complimentary inspection your store provides, it is discovered that the vehicle’s brake pads are severely worn and it would be unsafe to continue driving the vehicle much longer without replacement. The service advisor brings this to the customer’s attention.…Continue
Whether it’s because of the volume of customers that need handling; lack of time; or worry about taking a technician or salesperson out of commission – even for a short…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s? It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and family. A few typed words on a smartphone, or the sharing of a…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Starbucks recently announced plans to roll out a delivery service in some key major markets. This follows on the heels of an initiative which allows customers to place their drink orders via smartphones, so as to minimize wait times.
Starbucks has a very loyal customer base and many locations…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on November 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
The largest complaint that consumers have when considering a vehicle purchase is the fact that the process takes too long. Even with all the new technology processes that dealerships have employed over the past few years, the purchase process is still as long and cumbersome as it was twenty years ago.
AutoNation recently started to roll out a vehicle purchase…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 26, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the dealership but did not buy. Many dealerships, however, don’t take…Continue