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After Winning Customers Back, How Do You Keep Them?

One way dealerships can increase retention is by delivering the features that matter most to their customers. Here are several identified as particularly worthy of consideration.

This article has been contributed by CDK Global.

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Let’s say a dealership has successfully overcome concerns of trust, fair pricing and convenience — and won back customers who had been previously lost to other providers. How easy is it to keep them coming back for service?

The numbers suggest it will take some work: shopper loyalty, according to one of our 2020 studies, ranked dealerships (at 47 NPS) significantly behind independent service providers (at 63 NPS).

One strategy may be leveraging customer perceptions. Research shows that customers tend to prioritize different providers based on perceived strengths. Dealerships are the front-runner when shoppers feel knowledge is needed (44%). But when speed is primary, chain service providers take the lead (59%).

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In light of this, dealerships can play to their strengths by:

  • Emphasizing dealer knowledge through certifications and vehicle specializations
  • Promoting their factory-certified parts; 35% of shoppers visit dealerships for them

Finding the Features Customers Want

Another way dealerships can increase retention is by delivering the features that matter most to their customers. Here are several identified as particularly worthy of consideration:

Enhancing Communications to Build Trust

Real-Time Service Updates – 54% of customers would love if this were available, and 72% of dealers are either interested (43%) or have already added it (29%). Among the latter group, this has already a proven success: 97% of dealers who have this feature are satisfied.

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Price Estimate at Booking – 49% of shoppers would love if this were available, and 59% of dealers are either interested (24%) or have already added it (35%). Of the dealers currently using it, 84% are satisfied.

Market Price Information – The ability to show customers the transparency of market pricing is proving itself as a powerful tool. 57% of dealers are either interested (36%) or have already added it (21%). Of the dealers currently using it, 84% are satisfied.

In Step with Pandemic Shopper Interests

Mobile Check-In and Check-Out – 38% of shoppers would love if this were available, and 63% of dealers are either interested (41%) or have already added it (22%). Of the dealers currently using it, 79% are satisfied.

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Remote Vehicle Pickup and Delivery – 60% of shoppers would love if this feature were available. 63% of dealers are either interested (16%) or have already added it (47%).

Evaluating Features for the Future

Since technology is constantly moving forward, it would be impossible to predict every possible upcoming feature. But there are two questions dealers will always be able to ask of potential features for their Service business — whether available tomorrow or 10 years from now:

  • How is this helping me win back customers?
  • How is this helping me keep my customers?

Remember: about 70% of new-car purchasers take their service needs elsewhere. But dealers responding to the latest data could significantly reduce this outflow of business — and make their dealerships far more profitable.

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If you missed them, be sure to read Part One and Part Two to see what the latest data suggests are the reasons service customers leave in the first place, and what you can do to win them back.

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