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FEEDBACK
Coupons vs. loyalty

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ew-vehicle dealerships are capturing a good chunk of service business. Discounts and other marketing initiatives
can attract more customers, but mainly at the margins.
Those conclusions emerge from a survey of 15,313 consumers who recently visited a dealership to shop, lease or buy a vehicle, or have service work done. It was conducted Sept. 12-21 by DealerRater.com for Fixed Ops Journal.
The survey found that two-thirds of service customers typically go to a
dealership, while only 15 percent routinely go to an independent repair
shop. Twelve percent of respondents said they go to a dealership for
some kinds of work and an independent shop for certain other work.
Dealerships captured two-thirds of the 6.9 percent of respondents
who said they recently went either to a dealership or an independent
shop specifically because of a coupon or other marketing offer.
Among brands with at least 400 vehicle owners in the survey, Ford
and Dodge suffered the most service-work leakage, with 19 percent of
respondents saying they always go to an independent shop. Subaru
was next at 18 percent, followed by Hyundai at 17 percent and Chevrolet at 16 percent.
Lexus had the most loyal customers, with 80 percent of respondents
who had just visited a Lexus store saying they always go to the dealership for service. Mercedes-Benz had an 82 percent loyalty rate, but only 383 respondents.
The lowest dealership loyalty score was 54 percent for Dodge, followed by Hyundai and Kia, tied at 59 percent.
Hyundai and Kia customers may not be loyal, but they are susceptible to marketing: An industry-high 9.1 percent of Kia respondents, followed by 6.6 percent for Hyundai and 6.2 percent for Nissan, said they
most recently went to the dealership for service specifically in response to the store's marketing efforts.
- James B. Treece

Deciding where to go for service
Q. The last time you had your vehicle serviced,
how did you decide where to have the work done?

12%

66%
15%

I went to the dealership I
always go to for service work.

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I went to the independent repair
shop I always go to for service work.

I went to the place I always go: a dealership for certain
service work (such as major repairs) and an
independent repair shop for other work (such as oil changes).

4.6%

I went to a dealership specifically because of an ad I
had seen, a coupon I had received or in response to
some other marketing action.

2.3%

I went to an independent repair shop specifically
because of an ad I had seen, a coupon I had
received or in response to some other marketing action.

Note: Total doesn't equal 100% due to rounding.
Source: DealerRater.com survey of 15,313 consumers conducted Sept. 12-21

OCTOBER 2017

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017

Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017
Contents
Editor’s Letter
Service Counter
Legal Lane
Dealers vs. OEMs
Parts disposal
Chicago way
Certifi ed repairs
Richard Truett
After the deluge
Labor rates
Off lease, on the lot
Paragon model
Feedback
Net benefi ts
Sometimes on Sunday
Get ready
Shop Talk
Five Minutes With
Fixed in Time
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Intro
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Cover2
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Contents
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Editor’s Letter
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 5
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Service Counter
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 7
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Legal Lane
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 9
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 10
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Dealers vs. OEMs
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Parts disposal
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 13
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 14
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 15
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 16
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Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Chicago way
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 19
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Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Certifi ed repairs
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 25
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 26
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Richard Truett
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - After the deluge
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 29
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 30
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 31
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Labor rates
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 33
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Off lease, on the lot
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 35
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Paragon model
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Feedback
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Net benefi ts
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 39
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Sometimes on Sunday
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 41
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Get ready
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - 43
Fixed Ops Journal - October 2017 - Shop Talk
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