Increase customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction and loyalty are rich veins of potential functional improvement. Manufacturers’ efforts are usually unsuccessful when they try to bribe the channel to improve customer service. Good performers in the channel end up getting paid for what they are already doing and the poor performers undertake short-lived, superficial steps to “manage the measurements.” Customer service in auto retailing is mostly about executing the basics well — fixing cars right the first time, keeping commitments, offering conveniences like pick-up and delivery where feasible. Service advisors and computer-driven follow-up calls will not regain ground lost to sloppy execution.
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However, it’s hard to stop progress. Right now, Tesla is battling with states for the right to adopt that distribution center model. States (and dealership lobbies) are fighting back with state courts saying that allowing Tesla to build those centers goes against the spirit of those state laws.
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4. Don’t lie to your customers. I didn’t say you have to tell them everything you know but don’t lie to them. If you don’t have the answer to their question, tell them you don’t know and that you will get them an answer. If a customer believes that you have lied to them you will lose their trust and their business for something as a simple as a gas mileage rating.
It’s a rock of a car, 1995 Coupe Honda Civic (manual), well maintained, that still gets 35city/40hwy mpg, but has some dings (thanks to 5 years of parking garages) and the AC doesn’t work, I was honest, or even diminutive of the car when filling out the questions, and it returned just over $800.
Just as you would quickly follow up with an in-person customer complaint or other feedback, you must also follow up with any online feedback. If a customer posts a comment on your Facebook or Twitter page, reply in a friendly and professional manner. Don’t ever start an argument with a customer on social media or it will come back to haunt you, and can even seriously damage your auto dealership reputation.
No one is suggesting, though, that auto dealers will disappear. Ironically, changes in cars and trucks themselves are making dealers more important. Consumers have more choices of brands and models than ever before. Improved durability and reliability and faster design cycles have narrowed the differences among competing products in the same category. Brand loyalty increasingly derives not from the product itself but from the total purchase and ownership experience. Numerous studies show that customer satisfaction has become a much more critical competitive differentiator and a greater inþuence on repurchase loyalty than the car itself. And it is the dealer that controls these levers today. (See Exhibit II.) This explains the intense efforts many vehicle manufacturers have made to set standards for, measure and even base some dealer compensation on customer satisfaction scores.
I’m new to the sales business. I don’t have a problem talking to people, but don’t know how to get my name out there or marketing myself and my dealership. I moved closer to Phoenix, AZ and work for Chrysler Jeep. I’ve made flyers and posted them on vehicles and only got one call. What can I do to start gaining a client base and get my name and dealership out to draw more business? Any catchy emails or ways for a flyer would be greatly appreciated.
Part of your job may be to sell them those extra features like the navigation system, heated and cooled seats, blind spot detection, extended warranty plan, etc. Selling these extra features to your customers will be much easier if you learn what they need and what they want.
How can you move past customer baggage and preconceived notions? Think about the car salesman training tips you received when you started at your dealership. Did some of them make you uncomfortable? Chances are, your intuition was right on.
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Research that Google commissioned from Millward Brown Digital indicates that 70% of people who used YouTube as part of their car buying process were influenced by what they watched and views on YouTube of test drives, features and options, and walk-throughs have doubled in the past year.
Further production goals have been established in recent years, with the most significant policy document emerging in September 2013. That month, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission released a plan providing a national subsidy of Rmb35,000-60,000 for customers who purchase NEVs between 2013 and 2015. In September the State Council also removed a 10% purchase tax on domestically-made NEVs, which was set to last until 2017; while this tax excluded imported vehicles, it allowed for cars made by foreign JVs in China to qualify. As part of these aggressive promotion plans, policymakers have called sales to total 2m vehicles by 2020, and accounting for more than 20% of total vehicle production and sales by 2025—meaning that NEV sales should average 7m annually over the next decade. In September 2017, central authorities publicly began mulling potential dates for when the country would phase out non-electric vehicles on China’s roads.
It doesn’t give you bargaining power. These days, dealers commonly get a cut of the interest you are paying on a bank loan, so it is more advantageous for a dealer to finance the sale, he stands to make more money than if you bought the same car for the same price but paid cash.
Car manufacturers have traditionally relied on flashy television advertisements to promote their brands. But with the ever-changing media landscape shifting into social media, this all looks set to change.