How do the sales staff and F&I manager keep the delay from turning a happy customer into an angry one?
Joe Verde says the key is having a plan before the line to the F&I door gets long.
"You have to have a process in place to make sure the transition to the finance office is smooth," says Verde, a veteran auto sales and training consultant in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Set up the customer's visit with the finance manager by asking a few questions, such as how long she intends to drive the car. That can help gauge interest in a lease or in an extended service contract, for example.
2. Get the customer some coffee and take her on a tour of the dealership.
3. Take the customer across the street for a bite to eat.
4. Repeat a walk-around presentation of the new vehicle to make sure the customer understands basic operating features.
5. Introduce the customer to a service adviser who can set up her first service visit.