Topic: Top Rated Dealer
It’s no secret that today’s buyers are increasingly completing more of the car-buying process online. With so many resources available, digital makes it easy to research makes and models, compare prices, and importantly, research sellers’ reputations. More than half of CarGurus buyers (57%) say they always look at a dealer’s reviews before contacting them.* Reviews help validate the dealership experience and build a buyer’s trust with a dealer before ever walking onto the forecourt.
At CarGurus, we’ve always believed that a dealership’s digital experience and online reputation are extremely valuable tools that dealers can use to their advantage to sell more cars. Read on to learn how data from the CarGurus 2022 Buyer Insight Report backs this up.
Earlier this month, we announced our 2022 CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer Awards recognising an exclusive group of our dealer partners who earned an average dealer rating of 4.5 stars or higher and collected at least five verified customer reviews in 2021. Congratulations on delivering exceptional customer service day in and day out!
While earning the award isn’t easy, promoting your accomplishment – and putting it to work for your dealership – is! Here are our top tips for showcasing your award using the assets available to all winners on a premium listings package:
Today’s the day! We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 6th annual CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer Awards. Consumers left thousands of reviews on CarGurus last year — and these dealers rose to the top. Based on real reviews from car buyers across the country, winning dealers had an average dealer rating of 4.5 stars or higher and collected a minimum of five verified reviews in 2021.
Wouldn’t it be great if every vehicle sale automatically resulted in a five-star review for your dealership? Well, with a little effort, it’s possible!
As demand remains strong going into the end of the year, now is the perfect time to focus on collecting more reviews on your CarGurus listings. Below, you’ll find a checklist of four things you can start doing today to help your dealership get more reviews.
It’s no secret that today’s buyers use the internet to inform their purchases. With so many resources available, digital makes it easy to research makes and models and compare prices. But it’s not just about price: almost two-thirds (62%) of buyers won’t contact a dealer before checking their reviews, according to a CarGurus consumer poll. That’s because reviews help validate the dealership experience and build a buyer’s trust with a dealer before ever setting foot on the lot.
Not only do reviews give buyers the transparency they crave, helping them choose one dealership over another, but they also benefit you, the dealer. CarGurus dealers with a 4-star average rating or better receive over 50% more connections per vehicle than dealers with a 1-star average rating. Plus, a stellar reputation will help you earn the prestigious CarGurus Top Rated Dealer Award, which helps you bolster a cycle of trust and transparency between your dealership, existing customers, and in-market car buyers.
Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to grow your reputation online. Here are some simple tips for managing your reputation and building trust in your dealership.
Congratulations to our Top Rated Dealers who are part of an exclusive group of CarGurus dealers with an average dealer rating of 4.5 stars or higher. Your award is the result of your commitment to customer satisfaction and the consistently great reviews you’ve received from the people who matter most: your customers.
You’ve put in the hard work to earn the award, now it’s time to put the award to work for your dealership. Here are our top tips for showcasing your achievement using the assets available to all winners on a paid listings package:
It’s that time of year again! Congratulations to all the dealers recognised as winners of the 5th annual CarGurus Top Rated Dealer Awards. This prestigious award celebrates an exclusive group of dealerships with the highest average ratings from CarGurus buyers. Each dealer in this group had an average dealer rating of 4.5 stars or higher and a minimum of five verified customer reviews in the last year, signifying their commitment to exceptional customer service.
While the UK continues its lockdown, there’s plenty dealers can be doing to fine tune aspects of their business which will enable a faster recovery as business returns. Online reputation management is one such area of opportunity.
Reviews are an easy way to impress buyers who are undecided about where to purchase during the lockdown. Underlining their importance: a previous CarGurus study found that nearly 70% of car buyers check online reviews before contacting a dealer.* The study also revealed just how impactful a positive online reputation can be for attracting customers—a quarter of survey respondents said reputation is the most important factor when choosing a car.
It’s a growing trend, too, with third-party research identifying the 18-34 age bracket as most likely to be influenced by online reviews. According to the research, 91% of this age group place as much trust on online reviews as on word of mouth.**
Some examples of positive consumer reviews left during COVID-19:
Whether you’re already a CarGurus Top Rated Dealer (congrats!) or you’re striving to become one, below are our top tips for online reputation management:
The value of being named a CarGurus Top Rated Dealer doesn’t have to end once you hang your plaque on the wall. Promoting your Top Rated Dealer status throughout your marketing activities tells shoppers that you’re committed to exceptional customer service and satisfaction. It’s a differentiator that will help you stand out against the competition down the street. Here are a handful of ways you can leverage your CarGurus Top Rated Dealer award throughout the year:
Buying a car in 2020 looks very different than it did 10 years ago. Thanks to the overload of options, automotive shoppers are uncertain about key decisions, such as where to buy. According to our 2019 Buyer Insight Report, most buyers (73%) research and compare exhaustively. Even after all that research, 72% of buyers report that they were uncertain or changed their mind about the dealership they bought their vehicle from.
The decision to choose one dealership over another is influenced by several factors—one of the most important being transparency. Dealer reviews provide the transparency shoppers need to make informed an informed decision about where to buy. Transparent dealers are trusted dealers—they’re our Top Rated Dealers. Here are three quick ways to manage your reputation and build trust in your dealership: