When states across the country issued stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, most service customers parked their cars and put off needed repair work even though many dealership service lanes were considered an essential service and therefore stayed open.
Customer surveys during the pandemic showed some reluctance on the part of consumers to reengage with advisers and techs on the service drive. Some worried about how clean their vehicle would be after the repair work was completed, and others expressed a desire to avoid face-to-face interactions.
In mid-May, Fixed Ops Journal asked DealerRater to poll service customers on what their most important considerations would be when they now take their vehicles in for repairs at their dealership.
Half of the nearly 12,000 respondents said price still matters most when deciding where to take their vehicles for service.
Location came in second for both mass-market and luxury-brand customers.
Being sure their vehicle will be sanitized and that there would not be face-to-face interaction finished at the bottom of the poll for both customer segments.