Franchised dealerships are at risk of becoming irrelevant if they do not step up to the challenge of doing business in the internet age. Customers no longer ‘need’ a salesman at a dealership to sell them a car. So, dealerships need to offer a service that adds value.
The car buying and ownership process is currently very much a transactional one. As we know, the internet offers a source of all the facts and figures a person could wish for, as well as a competitive aftersales market. Customers will visit showrooms to get something that they are unable to get online: real-life access to the cars on their shortlist.
At such a pivotal point in the journey to ownership this contact needs to be rewarding, relevant and of added value to the customer. It needs to confirm to them that this is the brand they want to buy into. Pushy salespeople and recited vehicle statistics will not entice potential customers to spend their money. Dealerships that offer their customers the opportunity to make personal connections with the brand on their own terms will differentiate themselves from the competition.
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