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The Coronavirus is disrupting businesses across the globe and its full impact is yet to be seen. Dealers have been contacting us to see if we have any advice as far as what can be done in their service departments to limit any risk both to employees and customers.
The following are a…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on March 19, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments
Service retention rates in dealerships have been steadily declining over the last three years, according to Affinitiv’s recent Automotive Loyalty Trends study, which analyzed data from more than 1,000 auto dealerships.
In domestic brand dealerships, service retention rates have dropped from 61.2% to 60.2%. At import brand dealerships,…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on March 12, 2020 at 11:34pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 31, 2020 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by Dan Beres on December 12, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
It costs most dealers about five times as much to acquire a new customer than to retain those they already have. Yet, increasing customer retention by as little as five percent can increase profits by up to 95 percent, according to the research group Bain & Company.
That’s because loyal customers and enthusiastic fans will keep coming back - and they’ll refer friends and family to your dealership. Loyal customers also tend to prioritize great customer…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on November 11, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments
One thing is certain. Sending out the same communications with the same messages via the same channels, again and again, isn’t a winning strategy. The goal of an ORP is to…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on November 8, 2019 at 6:36am — No Comments
That feeling of dread – the letter arrives at the dealership with a return address from an attorney you don’t recognize, addressed to "Owner" or "General Manager." Inside is a demand letter indicating that your website or mobile application is inaccessible as required under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). You need to contact them right away to…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on October 24, 2019 at 6:47am — No Comments
These days, consumers usually look at online reviews when deciding not only WHAT they are going to buy, but also WHO to buy it from. However, there have been plenty of scandals in the retail industry concerning fake or paid reviews. So, it gets a little cloudy in the water, and consumers have gotten somewhat cynical.
Take Amazon. Hundreds of…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on August 23, 2019 at 7:03am — No Comments
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…
Added by Stephen Coambes on June 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Price is often a major factor in the purchase of any service or product. But it’s important to separate perceived price and received value. For example, $5 for a bottle of water might seem expensive, but that’s a deal if you’re walking through a desert. And there’s nothing blatantly wrong with paying more for quality (or perceived quality)––just look at…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on May 30, 2019 at 6:59am — No Comments
When my friend, Erica* took her vehicle to the dealer recently, the needed repairs were performed quickly and competently. Yet, when the CSI survey came, she rated her overall experience three stars: “just okay.” Why not five stars: “excellent”? Well, because frankly, they didn’t earn it. This was the result of a couple very significant––and…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on May 16, 2019 at 7:48am — No Comments
April 23, 2019, Laguna Hills, CA – Recall Masters, Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, today…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 23, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
Every day, dealers are faced with multiple decisions about various facets of their business. Among them: constantly trying to decide if they should invest in buying leads to conquest more consumers or if they should spend more to retain existing customers.
Added by Doug Van Sach on April 10, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments
How long does it take to build customer loyalty? It might start with a great sales experience, but if a customer feels like they've been taken advantage of in the sales process, it will be hard convincing them to come back for service. True customer loyalty is built over a period of…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on April 5, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
Added by Dean Martin on March 29, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
All too often, dealers are hesitant to make an investment in training new and Preowned salespeople because turnover in the sales department can be as high as 70 percent according to NADA. Service, however, has always been most dealership’s foundation for profitability. That’s where the phrase “service absorption” comes from.
For the most part,…Continue
Added by Andy Church on January 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
For car dealers, the opportunity to create loyal customers might start with a sale, but true loyalty is created in the service department. According to a 2017 IHS Markit study, the average length of car ownership is nearly seven years. That's a long time to maintain a relationship with someone until the next sales cycle.
So, the focus must be…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 4, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, investors and car dealers have shifted their focus to the…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on December 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
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Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Customers don’t necessarily arrive at your dealership expecting a great experience. When it comes to service, many dread a higher-than-normal repair bill. They expect to hear additional maintenance is needed, but don’t want to spend a lot of time at the dealership and can get annoyed if made to wait longer than anticipated.
Added by Chris Miller on December 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments