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Vying for consumer's money, trust, and brand loyalty is an ongoing challenge through a balance of quality, quantity, and a franchised network of dealerships that entice consumers to buy and service their vehicles.…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 3, 2020 at 6:00am — No Comments
Laguna Hills, CA, May 19, 2020 — Recall Masters,…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on May 19, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments
In my last blog, I shared some tips about how dealerships can help protect customers and staff in their service departments during this challenging time. In addition to having the precautions in place, it is important to know how to correctly communicate…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 14, 2020 at 7:20am — No Comments
April 8, 2020, Laguna Hills, CA – Recall Masters, Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall data, technology, and communications, today announced the launch of a special COVID-19 Response Kit at no cost for its auto dealer clients. The kit is designed to help improve the handling of service…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 8, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments
How well do you know your sales and service customers? Not just the customers who have purchased a car in the last month, or the ones who get their cars serviced on a regular basis, but all of your customers?
Considering your dealership has thousands of contacts in its DMS, it’s highly unlikely —and unrealistic—that you know your customers…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on March 27, 2020 at 7:03am — No Comments
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
What are your marketing goals in 2020? One of the biggest pain points for dealers is deciding where to spend their marketing dollars to get the results they want. Many dealers feel like their marketing strategies don’t perform as well as they used to, which, when combined with declining sales profitability, puts extra pressure on marketers to up their…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on February 28, 2020 at 7:16am — 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
Repeat buyers account for an increasing share of new vehicle sales and now represent 31% of all new vehicles purchased at a dealership, compared to 29% a few years ago.
This trend is good news for dealers due to the lower cost of retaining vs. acquiring…
Added by Doug Van Sach on January 24, 2020 at 6:00am — No Comments
Grapevine, Texas, January 7, 2019 -- DealerBuilt, an enterprise Dealer Management System (DMS) for automobile…Continue
Added by Michael Trasatti on January 7, 2020 at 6:57am — No Comments
Cash buyers are an important but often overlooked segment of customers who pose a significant risk to auto dealers and manufacturers if left unmanaged. In the first half of 2019, customers who purchased vehicles with cash accounted for 24% of all new vehicle sales. For some luxury brands, cash buyers are even more important since they can represent close to…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on December 20, 2019 at 7:02am — 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
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.…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on December 2, 2019 at 7:01am — No Comments
With the increasing demand for service repairs, dealers are scrambling to recruit more technicians. At the same time, the pool of experienced technicians is dwindling, as not enough new technicians are entering the workforce -- and demand will only increase.
Regardless of how much money your dealership may spend to expand your facilities to…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on November 19, 2019 at 5:36am — 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
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…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on November 7, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
A recent Affinitiv survey of 1,000 automotive consumers reveals that dealerships are falling short when it comes to delivering personalized, online shopping experiences to customers. In the same study, we analyzed a sample of 100 dealer websites to better understand the current level of personalization that dealers are offering.
Why the focus…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on October 18, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on October 16, 2019 at 6:43am — No Comments
Several manufacturers, including Tesla, have rolled out some “innovative” features that include self-driving technology. At first glance, consumers like this type of vehicle technology because it typically means that these vehicles are fuel-efficient, use advanced technologically and are, frankly, cool. However, there are hazards involved with this advanced…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on September 19, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments