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Now Is the Time to Add Texting to Your Service Department

Communication is a key factor in building trust between dealers and consumers. Incorporating texting into your communication strategy will quickly offer your dealership a competitive advantage by meeting and exceeding customers’ needs.

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(Video) Capture Missed VSC Sales

In response to a reader question, the magazine’s F&I wiz updates his plan for re-pitching service contracts to customers who declined the protection at the time of delivery.

The Repair Is Covered

The editor opens up about his first service-contract claim, which resulted in a covered and repaired vehicle as well as a few lessons.

VenueVision Launches Centralized Text Messaging Solution for Any DMS

With autoTEXT, dealers can set a single number or different numbers for each department to manage texts from one place. Customers can text to request appointments, and staff can get repair authorization, send service status updates and service completion notifications with payment options, and more.

Is Your Quick Lube Driving Away Business?

‘Da Man’ goes undercover to investigate how the national oil change shops are using underhanded tactics like efficiency, training and friendliness to steal your service business.

Cox Automotive: Service Contracts, Warranties Drive Service Retention

A new study from Cox Automotive found that warranties and service contracts are keys to service retention. To realize that benefit, the study recommends that dealers allow car buyers to research service contracts before they step into their stores.

Recall Masters Now Integrated Into AutoLoop’s Fixed Ops Suite

Recall Masters’ news, data, training and communication will now be integrated into AutoLoop’s Fixed Ops Suite to provide real-time recall lookup of vehicles during service appointment scheduling, as well as during the vehicle check-in and inspection process.

Recalls Spur Drop in Service Satisfaction, J.D. Power Reports

The firm’s 2016 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study shows that last year’s record number of recalls is having an effect on customer satisfaction with dealer service, which declined for the first time in six years.

New EasyCare App Allows Dealers to ‘Own’ the ODBII Port

EasyCare is getting set to launch a new mobile app that will allow dealers to own the ODBII port in their customers’ vehicles. The connection will allow dealers to tailor service offers and alerts, as well as allow customers to perform a full health scan of their vehicle on their mobile device.

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[Video] Perfect Timing

Aside from selling VSCs on the service drive, the magazine’s F&I wiz says there are five other opportunities to capture a missed service-contract sale.