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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…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 17, 2019 at 7:06am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 5, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
In today’s society, time is a precious commodity. So much so that consumers make their buying decisions based on how long it takes to complete the transaction. If you had the choice between a $20 oil change that would take 4 hours to complete, or a $30 oil change that would take 30 minutes, which would you choose?
For the automotive industry,…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on May 16, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
All businesses need good leaders who know what it takes to be profitable, but also how to retain employees who are valuable to the business. Employee retention is key to profitability, as replacing someone takes a significant amount of time and effort. It can also result in lost revenue as the dealership sacrifices the opportunity to connect with and foster…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 29, 2019 at 7:24am — 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
Many dealers struggle with getting customers to bring their vehicles in to take care of recall issues. The fact that the average recall completion rate is around 75 percent, tells us that standard recall marketing campaigns aren't as effective as they could be.
Your customers either aren't getting the message, or they set it aside and forget…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on April 19, 2019 at 7:57am — No Comments
One of the biggest obstacles many dealership service departments encounter is contacting and communicating with their customers. This is not only a problem with recall customers, but with all service customers in general. And failure to communicate can easily…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 16, 2019 at 7:35am — No Comments
Hidden profit opportunities exist throughout most dealerships. Whether those opportunities present themselves through service customers migrating to sales or sales customers that become service customers, all can lead to increased revenue and building relationships with your customers. Many dealers, however, don't incentivize those handoffs, so these episodes…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on April 1, 2019 at 7:28am — No Comments
I realize that we’re all probably sick of hearing about the Takata airbag recalls. Take a deep breath because it’s not over yet!
As faulty Takata airbags have caused one of the largest recalls in history, endangering millions of lives, most of us assumed that all the makes and models…
Added by Chris Miller on March 21, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
In my last blog, Technicians are the Key to Dealerships’ Future, I discussed how the race to acquire technicians may just be outweighed by the difficult task of retaining the ones…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on March 7, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
In a twist of irony, I’ve come to realize what consumers and dealerships have in common when it comes to vehicles recalls – assessing how important they are. Every day I work with dealerships throughout the nation, trying to get them to understand that recalls are not only about vehicle safety but also about an opportunity to engage consumers at their moment…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on January 21, 2019 at 7:08am — 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
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
Added by Chris Miller on November 13, 2018 at 6:37am — No Comments
I think it’s fair to say that automotive technicians are getting harder to find. These days, less people are choosing a career in automotive repair, even though technicians make great money and many need little or no formal college education or previous experience. Look at independent repair facility employment ads and…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
The customer experience is key to building customer loyalty, increasing referrals and securing repeat…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
It wasn’t too long ago that most dealers shunned recalled vehicle owners, describing the additional traffic as a nuisance, or they viewed them as consumers who occupied service bays that could be more profitable with other types of business.
However, changes in OEM recall reimbursement policies, along…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments
If you’re a movie fan, at some point, you will almost certainly have witnessed a scene where a villain sabotages a vehicle. The unsuspecting character gets into their car, fires up the engine and it explodes, dramatically. Or, perhaps the villain messes with the brakes, causing the main character to have a horrible…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 27, 2018 at 6:44am — No Comments
It’s a sad fact that current recall repair compliance rates are so abysmal.
Most dealers know it., the Feds know it, state governments know it, and the manufacturers know it. Resolving this recall crisis starts with a notification. But, people simply don’t read recall…
Added by Chris Miller on June 22, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
In 2014, due to safety concerns, Toyota issued a recall notice for a power inverter on its popular Toyota Prius. Nothing abnormal. But for the fact that, even after the recall was fixed, customers continued coming in with issues – hundreds of them – and that’s when Roger Hogan’s dealership decided…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on June 18, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments