There is usually a little sticker in the upper window of the driver’s side of a vehicle stating when a service has been completed … and when the next service should be performed. It is generally based on mileage.
It is amazing to me that when a person takes their vehicle to a different shop than the one who performed the service that sticker represents…that the new shop just ignores it…and recommends those services even if they have just been performed. When you point out that the service has just been performed…they stutter, they stammer, they shuffle…and at that moment all trust in that shop has gone down the drain.
As most of you know, I visit chains on occasion to see what your competition is up to. This “ignoring of the sticker” has happened to me more than once when I have visited a chain. As soon as it happens, I point it out and then tell them I’ll just wait until my usual shop is opened on Monday. They are very embarrassed, as they should be, but I honestly didn’t set them up for the failure…they did it all by themselves.
They need to think before they recommend…it builds trust! I’m sure you, as a seasoned service advisor, would never do this but if you are training someone new, point it out to them. It just takes a moment to look at that small but significant sticker. In that moment trust can be built or destroyed forever.
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