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Old 07-11-13, 08:54 PM   #1
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Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus rank tops with mystery shoppers


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If you want the best experience possible when buying a new car, then you'd better head down to your local Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, or Lexus showroom. According a mystery shopper study conducted by the Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index, those three luxury brands ranked highest among the 33 makes surveyed. The highest scoring mainstream brands included GMC, Hyundai, Kia, and Ford.

The study asked 5,203 mystery shoppers about the tactics used by salespeople during their most recent automotive purchases, and found a few interesting parallels along the way. For example, dealers at Infiniti, Land Rover, and Smart leaned heavily on vehicle walk-arounds with potential customers, while Jaguar, Volvo, and Audi were quick to point out exclusive features.

This study contrasts with a similar study conducted by JD Power in 2012. Its Sales Satisfaction Survey listed Mini as the top scorer, while Pied Piper's mystery shoppers ranked the BMW-owned brand below the industry average. Lexus scored highly on both surveys, as did Infiniti and GMC.

Not all brands fared well with the mystery shoppers. Lincoln, Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Scion all finished well below the industry average. According to an analysis on Automotive News, the lower scoring brands suffered from a lack of product and dealers that would push potential customers away from their desired brands.

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MERCEDES-BENZ, INFINITI AND LEXUS DEALERS RANKED HIGHEST BY 2013 PIED PIPER PSI(R)

July 2013
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA July 8, 2013 Mercedes-Benz dealerships ranked highest in the newly released 2013 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index(R) (PSI(R)) U.S. Auto Industry Benchmarking Study, which measured dealership treatment of car-shoppers. Study rankings by brand were determined by the patent-pending Pied Piper PSI process, which ties "mystery shopping" measurement and scoring to industry sales success. Infiniti and Lexus dealerships, the luxury brands from Nissan and Toyota respectively, finished ranked second and third.

Nineteen of the thirty-three different brands led at least one PSI sales process category, and performance varied by brand within each category. For example, Jaguar, Volvo and Audi salespeople were most likely to discuss features unique from the competition. Infiniti, Land Rover and smart salespeople were most likely to conduct a vehicle "walk-around" demonstration. Kia, Fiat and Hyundai salespeople were most likely to give compelling reasons to buy now.

Industry average dealership performance was mixed when comparing 2013 with the previous year.

Salesperson behaviors more likely in 2013 than 2012 include the following:
Mentioning the availability of different finance or lease options (now 67% of the time)
Asking about factors preventing purchase (now 71% of the time)
Asking if the prospect has a trade-in (now 83% of the time)

Salesperson behaviors less likely in 2013 than 2012 include the following:
Offering a brochure (now 52% of the time)
Discussing features unique from the competition (now 55% of the time)
Involving prospect with visual aids (now 38% of the time)

2013 marks the seventh consecutive year of Pied Piper PSI auto industry benchmarking studies. With seven years of data gathered from tens of thousands of auto PSI evaluations nationwide, Pied Piper was able to fine-tune the study questions, weightings and scoring for 2013. As a result, Pied Piper reset the 2013 auto industry average PSI score to "100."

The resulting "second generation" PSI scoring is now even more closely correlated to auto dealership sales success. Pied Piper has found that on average, when auto dealerships are ranked by their PSI score, dealerships in the top quarter sell 16% more vehicles than the dealerships in the bottom quarter. "Any dealership faces plenty of challenges that are difficult, if not impossible, to change, such as product-line sold or dealership location," said Fran O'Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper Management Company LLC. "In contrast, how a sales team sells is something a dealership can improve immediately."
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Kudos to them.
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Not all brands fared well with the mystery shoppers. Lincoln, Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Scion all finished well below the industry average.
Once again, Mazda's marketing must be failing them, because their products are honestly home runs. Will really considering a new Mazda3 as a daily once it hits
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Always happy to see Chrysler underperforming

Regarding Infiniti, I contacted a bunch of dealers about the Q50

All but one kept trying to tell me that I should want the run flats

If I tell a salesperson I don't want them, it is kind of amazing that
they won't even try to see if they can get them replaced prior to
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Always happy to see Chrysler underperforming

Regarding Infiniti, I contacted a bunch of dealers about the Q50

All but one kept trying to tell me that I should want the run flats

If I tell a salesperson I don't want them, it is kind of amazing that
they won't even try to see if they can get them replaced prior to
delivery
It is funny when the customer tells them exactly what they want in a direct manner be it a specific car color feature option etc.. Or in your case tires, and they skirt around the request
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;Not all brands fared well with the mystery shoppers. Lincoln, Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Scion all finished well below the industry average. According to an analysis on Automotive News, the lower scoring brands suffered from a lack of product and dealers that would push potential customers away from their desired brands.
One of the big problems with many Lincoln franchises, IMO, is that they are not sold alone, as with rival Cadillac. More often than not, they are stuffed into larger Ford dealerships almost as an afterthought, sharing pretty much the same salespeople, service-technicians, and customer-reps. Like it or not, to make a comparison, if you mix food in a fine restaurant with something from McDonald's or Burger King, you're just not going to get the same satisfaction or flavor while eating it.
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One of the big problems with many Lincoln franchises, IMO, is that they are not sold alone, as with rival Cadillac. More often than not, they are stuffed into larger Ford dealerships almost as an afterthought, sharing pretty much the same salespeople, service-technicians, and customer-reps. Like it or not, to make a comparison, if you mix food in a fine restaurant with something from McDonald's or Burger King, you're just not going to get the same satisfaction or flavor while eating it.
Here is an over the top Lincoln dealer for you.
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Pied Piper Satisfaction Index??? Sounds like a BS survey/study to me.

People don't shop for cars the same way they did 10 years ago. I would rather see a survey of prospective shoppers and their online experiences with the different car brands. The online presence is what I think impacts a customer's decision more than anything else.
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Pied Piper Satisfaction Index??? Sounds like a BS survey/study to me.
I smell rats...
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I don't think these results surprise anyone.
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sad thing is I know more about cars then most of these salesmen/women who try to give me the walk around on their cars.
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cool to see Infiniti on the list. I havent seen them on any list for a while
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My expierence with both my local Benz dealers was horrible. One tried to rip me off on a fleet discount, the other wouldn't even quote a price through the Internet department. According to them, it was "against company policy" to quote anything via email, which is the scumbag way of saying we don't want anything in writing that would legally constitute an offer. Q
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My expierence with both my local Benz dealers was horrible. One tried to rip me off on a fleet discount, the other wouldn't even quote a price through the Internet department. According to them, it was "against company policy" to quote anything via email, which is the scumbag way of saying we don't want anything in writing that would legally constitute an offer. Q
Some dealers are more concerned that you will just go to another dealer with that written price.
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Some dealers are more concerned that you will just go to another dealer with that written price.
They should be more concerned with the message it sends. The way cars are sold has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, the days of having people "come down" to get a quote are over, its especially true for customers under 40 or so. Honestly, it was a major turn off for me, especially when other brands were more than willing to quote anything I wanted via email.
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