Most of the successful dealers have an assigned sales staff handling all online activities. One or more individuals should be selected to carry the responsibility for your online sales. They can establish relationships with potential buyers and close the deal without disrupting your existing dealership operations.
Respond to questions from potential buyers promptly, whether it is through e-mail or phone.
Always pay attention to the feedback your customers are giving you to help you provide even better service in the future. If you are using an eBay Motors account, be sure to monitor your official feedback. Positive feedback is especially important, as it establishes credibility and helps comfort your prospective customers about making a large purchase online.
Take your brand with you online
Always present your company in a professional manner. Your online presence is an extension of your dealership; therefore it is critical to maintain your professional, trustworthy atmosphere in all your online listings. Be sure to incorporate the same logo, colors and graphic style in your listings that you use in your store signage and marketing materials.
Selling online: What’s new, what’s not
One principle that applies to all sales online and offline – know your customer. The key to boosting sales and getting real value from selling online is offering the right selection at the right prices and utilizing appropriate sales tools. For the most part, your online customers will be looking for the same things as the customers that come to your lot. There are a few subtle differences, however, and knowing these can help dramatically improve your online sales returns.
Selection is everything
One of the primary attractions for a consumer looking for a vehicle online is that they can expect a vast selection which helps them save valuable time. Dealers should not be shy about experimenting with their inventory and understanding what best suits the needs of the online consumer.
Price to sell
Your customers are looking for a vehicle that is competitively priced. If you’re pricing high and expecting to negotiate, your customers will likely rule you out altogether in favor of another vehicle with a lower starting price. It is important to price competitively, but be willing to negotiate. Dealers on eBay Motors have the option to add “Best Offer” function to each of their listings. Best Offer allows dealers to accept offers from multiple buyers, select the best offer and negotiate a final price, all through their eBay listing.
The golden rule of merchandising online is always: provide as much information as possible. This is even more important when it comes to big ticket items such as cars. Research shows buyers are more likely to purchase a vehicle online when they feel comfortable they have been given all the information they need. Providing detailed photos, disclosing even the tiniest defects and offering vehicle history reports will help make your potential customers more confident when buying from you. Also, be willing to go beyond expectations. Offer services or recommendations for third-party inspections, financing and vehicle delivery. A little extra effort to deliver superior service goes a long way.
Vol 3, Issue 9