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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.
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.
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”.
Before the digital age changed the way we shop, buying a car was a long process of more than five dealer visits and a lot of questions, answered mostly by the dealership.