What to do about it
58 percent of services are declined*—How are you tracking and following up on declined maintenance and repairs?
Top Services that Are Declined
- Fuel injection cleaning
- Cabin air filter replacement
- Engine air filter replacement
- Coolant flush
Based on averages for pilot dealers over a 2-4 month period (varies by dealer).
Customers declining services at your dealership is nothing new. In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven society, people are busier than ever. But when you think about it, with the vehicle already in the shop, there are only three typical reasons why someone says “no” to an additional service recommendation. Either they didn’t budget the time, the money or they want to double check your recommendation.
After picking up their vehicles, consumers tend to forget about any declined or recommended work. Now couple that with some traditional processes—when was the last time an advisor pulled an old inspection report to see previously declined services? And with poor follow-up, your customers may go to other dealerships or independent service facilities to get that work done.
Dealerships need a reliable process to track and follow up on declined services, and will capture more service revenue by professionally presenting these recommendations.
That’s why Xtime recently released Spectrum Declined Services, which utilizes deep integration across the entire Xtime platform. After repairs are declined, recommendations are stored and presented through multiple customer touchpoints—from appointment scheduling to vehicle check-in and ultimately to email and outbound marketing. Unlike most major DMS vendors tracking declined services by labor operation code, Xtime’s Spectrum Declined Services are stored by name-specific service or repair, enabling dealers to provide a more customer-friendly presentation of recommendations and increasing approvals.
*Based on Inspect dealers July 2016 – June 2017.