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.

Traditionally, the Finance and Insurance (F&I) department has focused on appealing to a broad range of consumers with a one-size-fits-all approach. However, the rise of Generation Z shoppers demands a shift in the strategy of selling F&I products. Gen Z is coming of age and beginning to slide into the driver’s seat. While this generation follows those that precede them in prioritizing price as the biggest motivator for what vehicle to buy, they follow their own path when it comes to protecting this very large purchase.

Some of those automotive businesses are beneficial to both drivers and dealership. Tire shops, auto body shops, and even junkyards serve an important part in the vehicular ecosystem. However, some businesses on the fringes of the automotive world provide poor experiences to customers and dealerships like.

Third-party marketers are among those businesses that are harmful not just to the vehicle owners they target, but also to dealerships by causing harm directly to the automotive industry.

In today’s competitive automotive landscape, dealerships must constantly seek new ways to engage with customers and drive growth. One powerful tool that is often overlooked is a well-crafted blog tailored to your customers’ needs and interests.

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.

At Automotive Product Consultants we always emphasize the power of increasing revenue beyond vehicle sales. There are many overlooked revenue opportunities in dealerships, but taking the time to realize them is a great way to transform the bottom line. These are four methods that owners and general managers of dealerships can use to increase revenue.