The way Harold White sees it, customer surveys conducted by automakers and independent companies often provide an opaque picture of how well a store is satisfying its customers.
So, White, general manager of Robin Ford in Glenolden, Pa., since 2013, decided to use the equivalent of a magnifying glass on the customer survey process. He added two specialists to his store's call center. Their only job: Call Robin's new-vehicle, used-vehicle, service and commercial customers to seek immediate feedback. The calls usually take place a day or two after the customer visit.
Each morning when White turns on his work computer, the first file he looks at is the one containing reports that detail what customers are saying about how they were treated, if repairs were done properly and if they experienced anything that might cause them to look elsewhere for their next vehicle or service visit. White said he reads 150 to 200 reports per week.