Time is still a big factor in the car-buying process. The generalized view of a tedious and complicated car-buying process still exists. Consumers still think buying a car means spending a whole day in a dealership–negotiating prices, signing paperwork, processing payment, and test-driving. But this isn’t always the case.
Some dealerships have many time-saving processes. Those that are still lagging behind should adopt these processes. Here’s how auto retailers can save customers time and improve the car-buying process.
1. Offer Solutions, Not Products
Salespersons in dealerships should embrace consultative selling and avoid directing customers to any vehicle. Buyers want to connect with their cars emotionally. Salespersons should explain to them how specific car features will solve their needs. They should ask questions like:
- What features are you looking for in a car?
- Do you prefer a specific car model or brand?
- Who is going to drive the vehicle most of the time?
- How do they intend to use the vehicle?
Getting answers to these questions will eliminate confusion and save car buyers time, improving the overall car-buying process. Buyers also feel good when they know a salesperson has their best interests at heart.
2. Offer At-Home Services
Auto retailers can speed up the car-buying process and give customers a better experience with at-home services. Customers can complete all other processes online and have cars delivered to their doorsteps for test drives.
Other at-home services dealerships can offer include trade-in appraisals and car maintenance. When talking with customers of Toyota of Kirkland, they stated their appreciation of the ease of services such as trade-in appraisal. They use Toyota’s free trade-in appraisal tool that only requires a person to insert accurate information to get a fair estimate.
3. Optimized Websites
A dealership’s website should offer the best customer experience to turn prospects into customers. It should have all the helpful information car buyers would find in a physical showroom. This may include warranty, financing, and insurance information.
Customers should also be able to schedule test drives online–the process should be as seamless as possible. Dealerships should have experienced salespeople manning their websites and social media accounts to capture car buyers early in the sales cycle. This would help prevent lost sales and disengaged customers.
4. Customized Marketing
Dealerships should categorize customers and send them customized messages. Segmenting customers allows businesses to make better use of their marketing budgets. They have better knowledge of their customers’ needs and wants and gain an edge over rival businesses. Customer segmentation also allows dealerships to focus their marketing on the people who are most likely to buy their products and services.
This tactic saves auto retailers time by allowing them to focus on solid leads. It also prevents them from bombarding their loyal clients with irrelevant information which may drive them away.
While implementing the above tips to enhance the car-buying process, keep this in mind—the more time car buyers spend on your website or a dealership, the more they’re likely to buy.