If you weren’t sure if the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the data protection regulator, wasn’t prepared to flex its muscles, its first two fines for data breaches amounting to a combined almost £300 million should persuade you otherwise.
We take a look at how the automotive repair market should consider applying lessons from digital retailers to enhance the service they provide to motorists.
45% of people want face-to-face guidance from a dealer during the car buying journey. The main elements people want guidance with is the vehicle (67%), warrantee and maintenance (68%), and finance options (37%).
I recently read an article that talked about a recent study by Marketing Delivery. It found that 57% of UK motorists said they would be less likely to purchase a new vehicle from a dealership that made an error such as their name or details of their current vehicle.
When it comes to customer retention, I know this is every dealership’s primary goal but it’s easier said than done. The car buying process has changed because the customer has. We now live in a digital world which allows the customer to be firmly in the driving seat. The modern customer now has a range of dealers, service options and price plans to choose from, and all with the click of a button.
The traditional car buying process is a thing of the past, in today’s world customers clearly do business on their own terms and they come well reinforced with information, which means they know exactly what they want. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is the emotion attached to buying a car.
The digitalisation of the buying process has particularly effected the automotive industry. Customers are carrying out most of the buying journey online and, in most cases, only come into the dealership when they have almost made their purchase decision. Everything is quick, easy and optimised and this is what has become the norm. Anything that doesn’t hit the mark with those points sticks out like an underperforming sore thumb.
I recently wrote about how the UK sales of new cars has declined. But, it’s not all doom and gloom as Close Brothers has reported that 92% of car dealers are feeling confident about 2018. So, what’s the deal? Well, let’s consider the table below:
Feel like a king
Your dealership management system is the heart and soul of your dealership, this is something that every member of staff will be using every day. This is the communication and transparency you rely on. Your DMS should make you and your dealership feel like a King. It should give you power, control and ensure you are fully informed on the goings-on of your roost.
According to AutoVHC’s research, failure to complete vehicle health checks cost the average franchised dealership £11,000 in aftersales revenue last summer. AutoVHC’s business unit director Chris Saunders added that service departments are “simply throwing away revenue opportunities”.