If you ask car owners across America, they will tell you the benefits of vehicle ownership, such as the positive impact it has on their lifestyles.
Now, ask that same group what they don't like about owning a car. They'll probably cite going to a dealership to get service as a major pitfall of their ownership experience.
Studies suggest that some Americans would rather get a root canal than take their car to a dealership. Think about that: Why would someone rather be in a dentist's chair than at your dealership?
You don't have to look past the lines outside service departments each morning for your answer. Given retention statistics, if 10 cars are in line, five of them probably aren't coming back.
You also don't have to look much further to know why they're not coming back. They make appointments, yet wait in line. They believe they'll pay more, in part because of upsells and not knowing the cost of needed services.
They expect to get a call or text letting them know the status of their vehicle, then get frustrated when the communications don't happen. They expect they'll miss at least a couple hours of work because the whole process is a hassle.
True or not, these are the perceptions of inconvenience that vehicle owners bring with them when they come to your service department. The key question: Are you working to ease these perceptions — or are you affirming them?