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Turn your Oil Change Service into a Strategic Customer Retention Tool

Article written by Bill Springer. Perhaps the most commonly performed procedure in the new car dealership service department is the oil change.  Getting customers to return several times a year for this preventive maintenance service is perhaps the most telling...

Tire Replacement – Customer Retention and Revenue

"90% of dealership service customers that buy tires elsewhere never return to the dealership for service."  Americans are keeping their cars longer than ever before, often for 10+ years. Tires typically must be replaced after six years (or more often, depending on...

6 Ways to Fill Service Bays Using Online and Digital Strategies

The average dealership typically dedicates less than 5% of their website to the car service department.  Yet only 10% of car buyers say they don’t look for car service department reviews prior to purchasing a vehicle. Additionally, a major concern for dealerships is...

The Benefits of Texting; Communicate with Customers the Way They Want

  It’s time to rethink how you communicate with your customers.  95% of adults own a cellphone of some sort and 77% of those phones are smartphones.  Texting makes sense.  It is popular, it is fast and it is convenient for your customers and for your service...

Dealerships – It’s Not Just About New Car Sales

Because improved technology and assembly line advancements have made automobiles both more efficient and more reliable with fewer warranty issues, car dealerships must find ways to add value to their customers, and increase revenue. Selling Happens at All Levels of a...

Keeping Customers Happy is the Bottom Line

  Make new friends, but keep the old…  This is a ditty that many of us remember from our childhoods.  However, the idea is especially true for car dealerships when it comes to keeping existing customer happy … and coming back. The challenge is maintaining a good...

Have Oil Changes Become a Commodity?

In the past month or so, I've heard a lot of Service Managers and Fixed Operations Directors express that they've resigned to the notion that prices dictated by their manufacturers commoditize their routine services - especially oil changes. In other words, their...

What Are Your Customers’ First Impressions of Your Dealership?

As Will Rogers said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Creating favorable customer impressions may even seem easy when you can show off renovated waiting areas and state-of-the-art amenities. But, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that...

When Emergency Strikes, Be Prepared

With winter weather around the corner, now is the time to prepare for the unexpected. An inoperative vehicle can be scary. So, give yourself a little extra peace of mind by making certain you have what you need just in case you become stranded. Here are our tips for...

Customer Feedback Should Drive Customer Experience

How are you using Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) survey results? If you are like most dealerships, you are simply tracking CSI results. Each month you hope to stay "in the green" or above regional and national levels so that you can cash in on manufacturer...