“The objective of the Consumer Attitude Survey is to explore consumers’ perceptions of franchised dealerships and it is positive to see that the majority of respondents viewed franchised dealers as professional, knowledgeable, and reliable,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), commenting on the NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey’s results for the second half of the year published today.

The Consumer Attitude Survey was commissioned to research consumer attitudes towards servicing and repair in the retail automotive sector - 1,000 consumers across the UK were polled in a 15-minute online survey by Public Knowledge.

The survey was undertaken to explore current market perception of franchised dealers and competitors, understand consumer aftersales behaviour, examine factors influencing consumer aftersales decision making, and determine consumer opinions of the aftersales services offered by dealers.

In particular, over two thirds of respondents (71%) described franchised dealers as professional, while 67% viewed them as knowledgeable. Positively, 63% of surveyed consumers also considered franchised dealers reputable and the same percentage described franchised dealerships as a place with good customer service.

Robinson concluded, “The survey has provided us with a number of extremely valuable insights across different areas of servicing and repair in the industry. These findings should not only help dealers to realise what their strengths are, but also to shape their future strategies in order to meet and exceed customers’ expectations.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Press Officer Tel: 020 7307 3412 Mob: 07528 977 157 Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422 Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406 Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: rupal.rawal@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.