Data is the fuel that powers targeted marketing strategies in the automotive industry. From understanding consumer demographics and driving habits to predicting purchasing behavior, consumer information is the foundation of successful marketing campaigns.
Until recently, data acquisition was less about following strict rules and more about getting the most out of the information available. However, as regulatory frameworks tighten and buyer concerns about privacy intensify, automotive marketers must adapt and enforce best practices.

Drivers are keeping their vehicles longer than ever before – in the United States, average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 12.6 years. This trend stresses an unavoidable reality: maintaining a vehicle’s health to ensure reliable transportation is more important than ever.
Keeping an older vehicle running smoothly is sometimes challenging, and the older the vehicle gets, the more likelihood there is of a mechanical breakdown.

The automotive industry is one that never stops evolving – hybrid vehicles are gaining interest, online car buying is booming, and customer expectations for a smooth buying experience are at an all-time high. Dealerships prioritizing client feedback are best positioned to thrive in an extremely competitive industry.

Online lead generation is crucial for dealerships as it helps to drive traffic and boost sales and revenue. By capturing potential leads, dealerships can engage with prospects and guide them through the sales process.

It’s not enough to just tell an employee they are doing a good job – dealerships need to help their sales team employees grow and reach a new level of success. Whether your dealership is working to attract new talent or develop existing top-performers, there are always ways to improve so your employees can grow and give your customers the best experience possible.

Every dealership knows that profit isn’t just generated from vehicle sales – it also comes from the products offered by your F&I department. However, convincing a customer that they need F&I products during the vehicle purchase process can be difficult. According to NADA, 53% of buyers don’t buy a vehicle service contract from the dealership F&I department when purchasing a vehicle, and these are missed sales opportunities.

Marketing using consumer data can be valuable for dealerships. Following up with vehicle buyers on routine maintenance, notifying customers of finance specials, and post-sale benefits are all ways dealerships use consumer data. When done properly, marketing with consumer data leads to more sales and increased customer retention.

With a whopping 78% of car shoppers turning to third-party online websites to begin their vehicle purchasing journey, dealerships need to try and combat this by attracting those buyers into their showrooms.

The competition for customers between automotive dealerships is fierce. Consumers are more involved than ever before in purchasing processes and are easily able to compare dealerships to find the best fit. With access to the internet for online research, recommendations, dealership comparison, and even vehicle purchases, customers can change dealerships easily, and dealers are feeling the pressure of learning how to keep customers returning to their store.

When a customer is buying a new or used vehicle, they are usually offered a vehicle service contract as an extra option for protection. About 60% of consumers don’t buy a service contract when they purchase their vehicle. This could be for many reasons – the vehicle may be under factory warranty, or the consumer may not fully understand what a service contract entails and whether the cost is worth it. Read on to learn about the benefits of a vehicle service contract and who consumers looking for this coverage should purchase from.