You earned their business. Keep it.

The average dealer will spend $630 on customer acquisition for every new car that they sell.

That’s about 10 times what it costs to retain an existing customer. Despite this, most dealers prioritize winning new business over marketing to more profitable return customers.

Businesses in other industries have the luxury of relying on the strength of their product will bring their customers back. As a car dealership, your product doesn’t differ greatly from what your direct competition sells. You have to find another reason to make them choose you.

The number one driving factor for differentiation today is customer experience.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you spending at least as much to keep current customers as you are to win new ones?
  • How much could improving the experience you provide increase your retention rates?
  • Are you using the information available about your customers to create a marketing experience that brings them back?


Encourage repeat business

There are two parts to an experience that will encourage repeat car buyers and lifetime service customers: convenience and quality.


Your marketing methods and digital processes should show that it is quick, efficient, and easy to do business with you.

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Your existing customers should be treated as old friends when they visit your dealership’s website. Make your site a convenient resource for return shoppers with personalized offers, recommended vehicles, and price-drop reminders. Pre-filling forms with their information eliminates a barrier to the sale.

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Email marketing

We’re all busy. Provide convenience with service reminders and follow-ups that allow your customers to click through the offer to schedule service immediately. This will keep them from waiting and seeking out someone else in an emergency.

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Social media

More people turn to social media for customer service than ever before. Meet your customers’ needs with a social voice that is a helpful extension of your dealership. Quick responses to messages lets customers know you value their time and their business.


The effect your marketing has on the quality of your customer’s experience is in the direct impact they feel from the relevance of your messaging.

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Reputation management

Happy customers sharing positive experiences obviously speak well for retention. However, negative feedback is just as important to customer retention. Listen to unhappy customers and identify areas of improvement. The quality of your responses to their issues influences how likely they are to return.

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Digital advertising

Few things are more annoying than a barrage of advertisements for items that don’t interest you. Targeted online advertising and remarketing improves the shopping experience by reducing digital noise. Show your ads to customers who have shown interest in your dealership and what you have to offer.

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