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Service Advisor Sales Tip: ‘How Long Will It Take?’

When a customer shows up at 10:00 a.m. and asks “How long will it take for an oil change?” what most service advisors will do is answer with a specific time estimate. The superstar service advisors know better, so they’ll ask the customer, “How soon do you need it?”

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Since 1990, Bob Cooper has been the president of Elite (www.EliteWorldwide.com), a company that strives to help shop owners reach their goals and live happier lives, while elevating the industry at the same time. The company offers one-on-one coaching from the industry’s top shop owners, service advisor training, peer groups, along with sales, marketing and shop management courses. You can contact Bob at [email protected], or at 800-204-3548.

When a customer shows up at 10:00 a.m. and asks “How long will it take for an oil change?” what most service advisors will do is answer with a specific time estimate. The superstar service advisors know better, so they’ll ask the customer, “How soon do you need it?” They know that if they were to answer the question by saying “It’ll only take 45 minutes,” they would then be expected to complete the service within that period of time. On the other hand, if they ask the customer how soon they need to have it done, the customer may very well respond with something like “I just need to have it by noon.” At this point the service advisor can simply say “That won’t be a problem at all,” and they now have two hours to complete the service, rather than just forty-five minutes.

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Best of all, if you are able to call that customer an hour early to tell him the oil change is complete, you’ve just exceeded that customer’s expectations by under promising and over delivering.

For the last 20 years, Bob Cooper has been the president of Elite Worldwide, Inc. (www.EliteWorldwideStore.com), offering shop owners sales, marketing and employee management audio training courses available for instant download. The company also offers coaching and service advisor training services. You can contact Cooper at [email protected], or by calling (800) 204-3548.

 

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