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myKaarma Launches Service Cart, Almost Doubles Service Recommendation Approvals at Pilot Auto Dealerships

Long Beach, CAJanuary 31, 2020 — myKaarma, the leading communications and payments software provider for automotive dealer service departments, today announced the launch of Service Cart. The mobile repair recommendation tool is designed to improve customer transparency and convenience by enabling instant approval and feedback from the customer. This results in higher retention, shorter authorization times, a significant…

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Added by Ujj Nath on February 3, 2020 at 5:09am — No Comments

Owner Retention Programs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Most auto dealerships do some if not all of their service marketing with their manufacturer owner retention programs (ORPs). The purpose of ORPs is stated in the name: to build customer loyalty. But how well do these programs deliver on that…

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Added by Courtney Evans on January 31, 2020 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Wrong Way to Increase Service Revenue

In search of service revenue, dealerships turn to randomly scheduling service appointments regardless of shop capacity.

Or they take everyone that drives up. This can easily overwhelm the service department. It leaves customers frustrated and causes a LOSS in service revenue from…

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Added by Dan Beres on December 12, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Is Mobile Service the Answer to Higher Recall Completion Rates?

Recall completion percentages have been increasing, but despite increased communication attempts, that increase is hitting a plateau.

 

A recent trend reveals that many vehicle owners are very interested in mobile services. Currently, the percentage of independent repair shops that offer mobile services dramatically outweighs franchised dealers.…

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Added by Dan Beres on December 2, 2019 at 7:01am — No Comments

Who’s the Baby? Recalls and Infants

When people think of recalls, at least in our industry, most think about vehicles. For many consumers, merely contemplating spending their time at a dealership waiting for a recall to be repaired or losing the use of their car for some time, seems draining and inconvenient. But most consumers probably don’t consider the potential risks recalls can pose to…

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Added by Dan Beres on November 7, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Leverage Your Marketing to Gain More Service Business!

Retention is vital for long-term profitability and health. Some dealers coast along thinking they have retention covered, when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, offering a great customer experience in service can head you in the right direction. However, it is not just free coffee, donuts, or wi-fi access that bring customers back.…

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Added by Dan Beres on October 16, 2019 at 6:43am — No Comments

What’s Your Service Marketing PRO?

If you ask a dealership GM or controller “What’s your marketing per vehicle retail (PVR)?” not only will you get a precise answer, but likely a dissertation on the drivers, trends and plans to optimize. That’s because auto retailers understand that marketing efficiency and effectiveness is the lifeblood of their new and used vehicle…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on August 23, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments

Getting Service Recommendations Is Child's Play

Customer experience and standing out from the competition by excelling at customer satisfaction is still very much a good business practice today. Time is valuable for today's busy consumers, and many dislike the vehicle service experience at dealerships because of long wait times.

Loaner cars and shuttles help, but they can end up making it…

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Added by Dan Beres on August 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Reducing Service Lane No-Shows

While it’s nice to have room in your shop’s schedule to handle walk-ins and other unexpected work, a service lane no-show isn’t the ideal way to get that extra time. Rather, no-shows throw everyone off and can take quite a toll on both your shop’s workflow and your bottom line.

Here are two holistic approaches to reducing no-shows…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on August 8, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments

Want More Service Revenue? Make Technician Videos!

Would you like to hear a ridiculous, unbelievable ROI statement? Well, one luxury brand dealership integrated technician videos into its service processes and, in only seven days, made +$250K in customer pay recommended work revenue. In fact, 80% of all closed repair orders for the week had a technician video sent to the customer.

Why do…

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Added by Ujj Nath on July 19, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments

Do You Know Your Customers’ Service Share of Visits? Here’s Why You Should

In the automotive industry, the ability to earn a greater share of a customer’s spend is the key to driving higher customer lifetime value. To that end, many dealers utilize flawed retention strategies designed to achieve a minimum number of service visits rather than maximize the…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on July 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments

A Tidal Wave of Change May Be on Its Way to Dealerships

Federal law currently prohibits dealerships from selling any new vehicle with an open safety recall to consumers. And now, Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Democrat - Connecticut) and Edward Markey (Democrat - Minnesota) have reintroduced legislation that also prohibits the sale of used cars with open safety recalls, according to…

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Added by Dan Beres on July 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Service Marketing: To Reach Younger Drivers, Go Beyond Recommendations

Though every vehicle today comes with a recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer, many consumers don’t follow them.

What’s worse, some may not even know they exist! We recently surveyed 1,000 auto dealer customers and found that younger generations are less…

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Added by Jeff Giere on July 11, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Simple Way to Capture Additional Service Revenue

In a quick review of dealership’s websites, I find that many are almost entirely sales focused and tend to neglect the one department that brings the most significant percentage of profit… service.

Go ahead. Take a look at a few dealership websites. Service tends to be the…

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Added by Ed Barton on July 11, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

What’s the Silver Lining in this New Car Sales Slump We’re In?

According to an article in Automotive News, dealerships are in a new car sales slump and have to increasingly rely on used car sales and service revenue to drive profits.…

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Added by Dan Beres on July 2, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Rule of 3: Perfecting Sales-To-Service Handoff

If your dealership is like most, the sales and service side of the house feel like two disconnected islands most of the time. The teams rarely come together unless handling reconditioning or aftermarket accessory installation. But…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on June 20, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments

Is Ridesharing Always Safe? Hail NO!

Drivers participating in the nation's most extensive ridesharing services are all independent contractors and, as such, are responsible for keeping their own vehicles maintained. After all, if they want to make money as a contracted driver, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect them to oversee vehicle maintenance, performance, and…

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Added by Dan Beres on June 17, 2019 at 7:06am — No Comments

Finding – And Keeping – Better Techs

With the auto industry facing a shortage of technicians, it’s important to do what we can to attract young technicians and keep them.

After all, when the front end of the business slows down, it’s the back end that can keep your store afloat and profitable. But there are two main problems…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on June 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Navigating the Maze of New In-Vehicle Technology

According to a recent article in Automotive News, consumers LOVE the idea of all of this new in-vehicle technology. The problem is that many of them don’t truly understand the intricate features and benefits. There is no way a salesperson can explain each and every technological…

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Added by Dan Beres on June 5, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments

No One Plans to Fail

As the old adage goes, no one plans to fail, they just fail to plan. This could not be more true when it comes to service marketing budgets in dealerships.

 

As new vehicle sales and gross margins decline, it's natural to look for ways to cut expenses. But I've never understood the logic behind cutting service marketing…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on May 24, 2019 at 7:38am — No Comments

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