Whether you’re a salesperson, sales manager or general manager, working at a dealership has many challenges. These challenges come in the form of competing local dealerships, a reputation of haggling, the ability to bring in new customers and of course the most current challenge; operating during a global pandemic. The repercussions of Covid-19 have been significant, to say the least. Not only has this pandemic affected the economy at a massive scale, but also the chip shortage has many dealerships worldwide waiting for inventory to sell!
We know how overwhelming changes like this can be to dealerships, but it’s important to remember that as the industry continues to evolve, your dealership needs to evolve with it. In this article, we’re going to talk about the three most common challenges dealerships face and how to address them head-on. Since we’ve talked so much about the effects of the chip shortages in other blogs, we’re going to leave it off of our list, despite it being a major challenge.
Covid-19 affected the economy in a major way, many people lost their jobs and were forced to go on government subsidy programs. This ultimately led to lower auto sales across the country, making it harder for you to sell cars. There’s no way for you to control the economy, like interest rates and gas prices, these things will fluctuate out of your control. There are, however, things you can do to keep your dealership thriving during a poor economic period. While we’ve seen many dealerships “throw in the towel” and discontinue or reduce their marketing and social efforts during Covid, it’s important you do the opposite. Now is the time to stand out from other dealerships, you can do this by continuing to be active on social media and really emphasizing your customer service practices. You need to offer your customers great service and make all of their interactions with your dealership convenient and easy.
The way customers have their first interaction with a dealership, all the way to a sale does not look the same as it did even 10 years ago. This is because just as the automotive industry is constantly changing, so are your customer’s expectations of how the car buying process should be. So what are the three main things changing the way your customers look at the car buying process?
The last challenge dealerships are facing today is the growing industry of ride-sharing apps. Every year, the ride-sharing industry is growing and this is both affecting the taxi industry and the automotive industry. The growth of this industry is showing no signs of slowing down and it’s estimated it will be a $285 billion industry by 2030. While technology is always going to create changes in our industry, there is also plenty of opportunity for growth. There’s nothing we can do to stop the growth of ride-sharing apps, but we do know that consumers are always going to need vehicles. Innovation in technology can help you better align with how your customers buy a car. This will ultimately lead to more satisfied and engaged customers.
Volkswagen has announced that it has selected Ontario as the location for its first overseas battery manufacturing plant. This new plant will play a key role in Volkswagen's plan to shift towards electric vehicles, as it will produce batteries for their upcoming electric models.
For decades, the motto of the automotive industry has been one of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Then we were hit by the pandemic and the industry had to adapt in a major way in order to survive. The result of this was dealers were forced to create a digital retail process. This also meant salespeople had to change how they operate on a daily basis and adapt to this new digital retail environment.
Canadian drivers are increasingly choosing electric vehicles as a means to save money on gas and lessen their environmental effects. As a car dealer, this gives you a chance to sell more electric vehicles (EVs) and possibly turn them into one of your dealership's main sales focuses.