We all know that a customer will buy a product or service when the value exceeds price. Unfortunately, automotive dealerships hide the value that the service and parts departments bring.
Here’s how you can change that:
Recognize the value of “free”
Grocery stores commonly show the customer how much they “saved” on every receipt. That builds additional value to the price they paid for groceries. For some reason, dealerships comp services but, unlike the grocery store, never let anyone know about it.
Here’s an example: Almost every dealership I know requires a multi-point inspection (MPI) for each repair order. This check builds trust and helps to sell needed services.
But what is the “value” to the customer for that service? None. However, if you show on the repair order (R.O.) that the MPI has a $49 - $149 value that we provided at “no charge,” it does mean something. After all, the service has actual value, and we should let customers know it.
Here’s another example. Many dealerships charge a diagnostic fee, using the information to explain the nature of the problem and how much the repair will cost. Along with the diagnostic work, you probably do a complete inspection of the entire vehicle and don’t charge for it. You should mention this value to your customer.
Always offer a deal
While we’re looking at other industries for inspiration, let’s consider restaurants. I’ve been to many establishments that promote a special that includes the appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. You’re told that you’ll get a special value by ordering the components as a group versus ordering them individually. The reality is that people will take advantage of the “deal” even though they likely would not have ordered all the items separately.
You can apply the same principle to service menu items. The best performers on menu sale penetration show the value of the combined services versus doing those services individually. But if you offer a “30k Service” for $400 without explaining the value of the individual services, all they will see is the $400.
Imagine the penetration level if you showed that all the services in the “30K Service” would separately cost $530! If the menu item is “only $400,” the customer just saved $130 by purchasing it.
The same advice goes if you provide a car wash, loaner cars, or any other services: Always make sure the customer knows the value. And, no matter what, make sure the value you provide exceeds the price.
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