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Women in the Dealer Workforce: Where We Are & Where We Can Go

Women in the Dealer Workforce: Where We Are & Where We Can Go

It’s no secret that women make up a small portion of the dealer workforce and turnover among women is high. By not attracting and retaining women in the …

Car Subscriptions - Q and A with Bill Playford

Car Subscriptions - Q and A with Bill Playford

I had the chance to interview Bill Playford about car subscription services, and how they're going to change the marketplace. Take a look what this ins…

Be The Exception

Be The Exception

How brilliant marketers find and follow what makes their stories different in a world full of average content DrivingSales is excited to announce th…

Keeping Up with the Joneses in Quick Lube

Keeping Up with the Joneses in Quick Lube

More than half of all sales customers will abandon your dealership’s service department in the first year. It’s a widely varying statistic &nda…

It Has Never Been Easier To Be Average

It Has Never Been Easier To Be Average

It has never been easier to be average. This post was written by Jay Acunzo, who will be speaking at the upcoming DrivingSales Executive Summit in Octob…

Important Considerations for Working with Special Finance Customers

We're focused on writing about "special finance" at the moment, and I'm pulling out the way-back machine to go back to a post from last summer that definitely applies to working with the special finance customer.

For your edification , I've dropped the post in below. Enjoy!

Educate Your Buyers to Improve Their Experience - And Win Their Trust

Saw an interesting article this week featuring data from  AutoBuying101.com's "Auto Buying Experience" survey, which describes car buyers' experiences with working with auto dealers.

There weren't really any earth-shattering insights on offer, but the data did corroborate some of the things that we "know" about car buyers and the auto sales process:

  • Car buyers find the process to be "stressful," and only 28% of the respondents said dealers were trustworthy (yikes).
  • 37% thought that the worst part of the process was price negotiation. However, 79% felt like they got a fair deal.
  • According to the same survey, many don't plan their approach to the dealer: they don't set an appointment (44%), check their credit (44%) or get pre-approved (47%) before they show up on the lot.

On the other hand, 78% checked out at least one dealership website while they were considering what car they wanted to buy, before they went driving around.

That means that you have the opportunity to make it easier for your customers by doing what we do: educate them on what to expect. When people apply for a car loan at one of our consumer websites, we make a point of telling them what happens next and how to be prepared. There's no reason that you, the auto dealer, can't do the same.

It's simple: add pages that describe the best way to buy a car from you, including how the process works at your dealership and what they need to bring in order to close the deal. Increase your transparency to counteract that 28% trust rating. And follow through on what you say you're going to do.

When you make their experience great, you'll get a car sold and a customer advocate who will recommend you to all of their friends.

In the end, isn't that what's best for you, too?

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