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In the not too distant past, prior to the Internet, dealerships had all the information and consumers had little or none. However,…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 17, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments
It’s probably not news to you that, while customers like having new cars, many dislike the dealership experience. And, that dislike often immediately begins from the first moment they arrive and are basically accosted by 10 salespeople approaching their vehicle as they pull onto the lot – yes, that’s mostly an…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 11, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
Saint Petersburg, FL July 9, 2018 –…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 9, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Those consumers have, more than likely, already narrowed your dealership down to one of only a couple that they plan to visit. And,…Continue
These days, customer experience is a vital part of the car buying process.
And, the first part of that experience is your dealership’s appearance in the eyes of your customers, both on and offline. Sadly, I see far too many lots that are poorly presented – they…
Added by John Wingle on June 22, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
By many historical measures, service opportunities have never been greater for auto dealers.
In the last decade auto sales have boomed, creating an unprecedented service opportunity tailwind for the next decade. More factory scheduled maintenance programs are…
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on March 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Not too long ago your service department could rely on seeing customers fairly frequently, but as vehicles have increased in quality, so have the OEM’s suggested service intervals – some are now as much as 15,000 miles between oil changes.
To put this into perspective, in the past, if a customer drove…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 6, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments
The car business is a people business. Because of that, dealerships see customers from a variety of backgrounds, income levels and credit histories. And, for a salesperson or manager, there’s nothing more disheartening than to spend a lot of time with a customer just to discover that they are credit challenged. Despite…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on March 11, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments
If your dealership is not already working with one of those lead-providing services that require “upfront pricing,” I'm sure you've been approached by them. Why do these services push dealerships in this direction? Because of the mistaken belief that “upfront pricing” is the only way to get consumers to walk in your dealership’s door.
Boy are they wrong.
Upfront Pricing is Bogus Pricing
We all know it’s impossible to give accurate upfront pricing.…Continue
Added by O Mayfield on February 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
In dealing with the customer experience, all too often the conversation centers on the customer’s buying path from initial contact through the sale. What many businesses don’t think about, however, is that the sale is only the start of the relationship. Customer loyalty is built through a consistent customer-centric…Continue
Last month, in an effort to maximize recall completion percentages, FCA US announced that it would offer $100 gift cards, or extra trade incentives, to owners of recalled vehicles if they come in and get the work done. This is the perfect opportunity for FCA US dealers to piggyback on this OEM program to…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 9, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Dealers struggle all of the time trying to find value in social media marketing - Facebook in particular, and hesitate when deciding whether Facebook (or social media marketing in general) is worth their time, effort or money.
Perhaps it’s because they don’t see…Continue
In the largest buy back action in U.S. history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Fiat-Chrysler America (FCA) have agreed that, in addition to paying a $105 million fine, FCA will offer to buy back 500,000 RAM pickup trucks from consumers. The value FCA has to pay consumers for…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 7, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
There’s no doubt that service absorption is vital to the health and livelihood of many dealer’s financial statements at the end of the month.…Continue
Focus On "Point Of Interest" CONTENT For Your Prospects / Shoppers… Cultivate Opportunities
This is a video I shot on site at a Major KIA Dealership in…Continue
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Every year, people start lining up on Wednesday to take advantage of $3 appliances and $1…Continue
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