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The right way to handle it would be to
apply these verbal cushions, "I'm so sorry.
Let's wipe it down again with a clean cloth.
I appreciate your bringing this to my attention, and I'll speak with my employees
to make sure this doesn't happen again.
Here's a coupon for a free car wash." Hand
it to them, and state, "Thank you for your
patience and understanding."

CALM OUT OF
CONTROL CUSTOMERS.

6

When dealing with customers who use
foul language and just won't back down,
steel yourself against the onslaught and stay
calm. This may not be easy for you. Your
first reaction may be to yell back at them,
become defensive and continue to support your own position - right or wrong.
Instead, remain professional and state:
* "Sir, ("Ma'am") I haven't said or done
anything to disrespect you in any
way."
* "I hear you. I hear you. Let me resolve
this for you and make sure we take
good care of you."
If you overhear a customer using profanity during an encounter with one of your
employees, state, "Excuse me, Sir, what
seems to be the problem? Whatever it is,
I will fix it."

MOST CAR WASH BUSINESS OWNERS
AND OPERATORS KNOW THAT DIFFICULT
CUSTOMERS SIMPLY "COME WITH THE
TERRITORY." WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE
SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR PEACE
OF MIND, IS LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH
THESE ENCOUNTERS AND MITIGATING ANY
NEGATIVITY THAT MAY RESULT.
could have done to prevent them from
occurring in the first place.
* Create policies and procedures or a
simple a list of do's and don'ts and
make sure every employee adheres to
them.
* Regularly inspect and tune-up equipment - make sure brushes foam
* Train employees to greet, smile, and be
friendly to customers, as well as how to
handle equipment

TAKE THE LEADERSHIP ROLE.

9

If you are a manager, be sure to ask the
owner of the business on what parameters
you can provide a refund. If your owner
has a "No refund" policy state,
"Mr. Smith, I would like to be able to
tell you I can do this without charging you
for it. Unfortunately, I can't. Here's what I
can do. I can give you a coupon for a free
car wash."

The following are leadership actions to
take that will help you to avoid problems:
* Make sure cars are thoroughly cleaned.
While this is most common at car washes
with automatic machines, it can also happen at those that do hand washing. In that
scenario, a car not getting fully clean usually comes down to the leader not properly
training or taking care of their employees.
It's always up to the leader to keep employees performing well and motivated. Be sure
to treat your employees as well as your customers. Make them feel they are working
with you and not for you. Be absolutely the
best boss you can be.
* Train your employees to notice situations in which a customer may need
assistance and to approach the customer to ask how they can help them.
* Communicate customer service excellence continuously and make sure
every employee takes it seriously.

PRACTICE PROACTIVE
PROBLEM PREVENTION.

RECOGNIZE THAT
SOMETIMES, YOU CAN'T WIN.

WHEN A CUSTOMER ASKS
FOR A REFUND THAT IS
UNWARRANTED.

7

8

The best way to offset a situation with
difficult customers is be proactive in preventing problems or complaints. Consider
taking these simple actions to ensure you
provide the highest level of service to
customers.
* Document common and more serious complaints or problems that have
occurred.
* Consider what you and your employees

10

When it comes to dealing with difficult
customers you can say and do everything
right - even stand on your head to make
them happy - and still not be able to diffuse the situation. A customer may end up
walking out with a grumpy look on their
face, or swearing up a storm. There are
some people who are chronic complainers
and others who love to try to wield power

over others. Don't carry it over to your next
customer or let it ruin your day.
Accept that in business, and in every
business, difficult customers come with
the territory. What is most important is
that you have systems and procedures to
prevent problems from occurring.
A final word on difficult customers:
However you handle situations with difficult customers and situations, in the
end, the customer will be your judge and
jury. Develop an obsession to provide the
highest level of service to every customer
every day!

CHRISTINE CORELLI is a conference speaker, workshop facilitator and
business columnist. She has authored
six books, including the best-selling,
Wake Up and Smell the Competition,
now in its fifth edition. To learn more,
visit christinespeaks.com.

Don't miss Christine Corelli's
sessions on April 27 & 28
at The Car Wash Show 2018.
For more information, visit
www.TheCarWashShow.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2018

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
ICA’s 2017 Annual Report
ICA Partnership Update
Join the Club
Creating a destination
Feeling Fine
Marketing goes mobile
Where the rubber meets the road
Online outreach
Click here: Facebook 101
Anti-social media
Regional Update
Big brand, small budget
Why now is the best time to plan to attend your industry trade show
Five reasons to offer unlimited washes
Listen, learn & earn
Recruiting top talent
An economic outlook for the car wash industry
The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
Four tips for leading in uncertain times
Test your emerging technology I.Q.
Communicating trust in the digital age
Jimmy Starnes, Wash Me Now
Ben Melendez, Vintage Car Wash
Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
Automotive technology
The “How” of Carwashing
Blast from the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Top Tweets
Ask Champ
Advertiser Index
5 Things
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