Published 10 Sep 2019
This article was originally published in the Autofile Magazine - Aug 2019 issue.
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In my opinion the number-one tactic to sell more vehicles each month, that any dealership can employ right now, is to maximise the customer opportunities they have at-hand.
As I’ve said many times before, it’s always a dealerships sale to lose.
A customer’s journey starts out with your business being one of many. Then it’s narrowed down to being one of maybe six. And when it’s time to physically visit a dealership, you’re down to one of only a couple or maybe three on some occasions.
Approach every customer with the mindset that it’s you and one other. Everything you say and do from now on is the difference between them picking you to purchase their car from or someone else. It’s yours to lose!
Also at this point price is almost irrelevant, because you advertise your prices online so they wouldn’t be there if you were completely out of the market with overinflated prices. They are there to buy from you or one other trader.
The majority of customers also intend to purchase from the first dealership they visit. However, this isn’t the case and around only 50 per cent purchase from the first dealership. Why is this not as high as those who intended to? Because the first dealership failed in some way to deliver and convert them.
This is where the answers to the questions outlined earlier allow you to identify where your dealership is underperforming and has leakage of sales. The great news is that this is where you will easily find those extra five sales per month.
Until such time that you are converting more than 70 per cent of your total opportunities a month to sales, it’s fair to say there’s a huge amount of upside and potential to be realised. So you have two choices:
I challenge any dealership in New Zealand to invite me in to see if I can find you more sales that you’re leaving on the floor right now.
All I want is for dealerships to realise their true potential, which is significantly better compared to what’s realised now.
So if you want to take me up on my offer at no cost, then email me on email@example.com with “sell more cars” in the subject line. You’ve got nothing to lose, but plenty to gain.
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