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This is the first in my series of Friday Freebies, highlighting products available for dealers or salespeople at no cost. Others are welcome to add comments – positive or negative – regarding how they make money with the same opportunity or found it not worth their time and effort.
CarFolks is designed to be a dealer-friendly rating service. Individual sales people can sign up on CarFolks at no cost, whether their dealership has elected to buy into the system or not. In other words, every salesperson in the store can use the product for free, even if the store itself does not pay to participate.
Progressive salespeople are sending their customers to CarFolks and asking them for a positive rating, even comments. They then link to this information in their social media and email lead responses.
Increasingly, shoppers consider two or more vehicles of roughly the same value. They may be considering a new car and several used vehicles, but to them the value appears to be about the same. Often, the sale goes to the salesperson who can best demonstrate they are the right salesperson, and their store is the right organization to buy from. In these instances of value parity, ratings and testimonials from an independent third-party can prove to be powerful documentation.
With millions of vehicles listed on any number of automotive websites, instances of value parity are far more common than they once were. With the widespread adoption of tools like vAuto and FirstLook encouraging market pricing, it will become increasingly common in the future.
My recommendation is to print out your CarFolks profile and keep it in a folder with other documentation about you and your store. Consumer comments found on an independent site like CarFolks carry more weight than the same comments on your website or in your store. Have your profile in the favorites of your computer or know how to get to it quickly. Every deal has a deal jacket demonstrating the full value of the vehicle. That's not always enough. Every salesperson should have a folder full of credible evidence showing they are the right person and the right store to buy from. If you are worth enough to tip the scales on a buyer's decision, back it up with documentation.
If you know of a freebie to dealers or salespeople you'd like me to write about, just send me a note through DrivingSales.com or directly at DennisGalbraith@msn.com. Your link to this week's freebie is http://carfolks.com/join.