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Buick, Lexus top J.D. Power survey, as vehicle service improves overall

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JD Power’s annual Customer Service Index (CSI) research, which polls about 70,000 owners and lessees of vehicles between one and five years old, examines customer perceptions of both dealership and independent service facilities. On a scale of one to one thousand, customer service satisfaction has increased by 14 points overall this year. In terms of mass-market brands, Buick came out on top, followed by Mini, GMC, Chevrolet, and Nissan. Lexus triumphed over competitors like Audi, Lincoln, Porsche, and Cadillac in the luxury segment.

J.D. Power’s scorecard of customer satisfaction with dealership service departments shows that Buick and Lexus are once again at the top. According to the Customer Service Index Study, which was released on Thursday, Buick ranked first among mass-market brands with an overall score of 860, out of 1,000. With a score of 874, Lexus came out on top among luxury brands. The bottom-dwellers in the two categories were Fiat and Land Rover. In the most recent results of the research firm’s Vehicle Dependability Study, Buick and Lexus also received good marks.

Compared to 2021, the majority of vehicle brands faced more issues this year. With the fewest issues per 100 vehicles encountered in the first 90 days of ownership, Buick was one of the few brands to significantly improve. Buick has been drawing in new customers who want to experience the brand’s distinctive take on affordable luxury. In the process, owners receive award-winning customer service and sales experiences.

The usage of text messages throughout the service proved to be the most successful in luring clients back, according to one of the study’s primary findings. According to the report, 55% of clients whose service providers called them indicated they “absolutely will” use their services again. According to the study, 41% of Gen Y customers preferred text message updates during their service visit, which is defined by J.D. Power as customers born between 1977 and 1994.

According to the survey, 42% of participants prefer that service departments provide text message appointment reminders and updates, and large percentages of participants also choose online or app-based appointment scheduling and payment processing as alternatives. J.D. Power also discovered that customers are more inclined to trust service departments and are three times as likely to approve essential repairs when service departments provide photo or video updates.


Additionally, respondents favored dealership service departments that provided mobile or valet service (where the vehicle is picked up) (where the technician or technicians come to the vehicle). It may seem simple, but offering owners more practical ways to have their vehicles fixed is a wonderful approach to raise customer happiness. When we had our 2019 Genesis G70, for instance, we liked the valet service because it was much simpler for us to get it serviced.

Infotainment systems appear to be the main source of trouble in repairs. Only 80% of those surveyed claimed that their stereo was fixed correctly the first time. Additionally, according to J.D. Power’s Car Dependability Study from last month, infotainment systems accounted for 22% of all reported vehicle problems, an increase from the previous year, making them the most frequently reported vehicle issue. In order to conduct the Customer Service Index Study, J.D. Power polled 70,000 customers. After three years of ownership, it questioned 35,186 first-time owners of automobiles from the 2014 model year for the Vehicle Dependability Study.

The rising usage of tablets by service advisers and the tendency for online scheduling to boost customer satisfaction were two other significant results in the yearly poll. Additionally, dealerships received better scores than other types of centers. Dealerships seeking a competitive edge in customer satisfaction should concentrate on the waiting area, since those with a plethora of facilities inside a tidy, inviting lounge received the best reviews. Intriguingly, the survey also discovered that radios were the hardest appliances for service centers to fix because they weren’t usually mended correctly the first time.

In perhaps more evident news, JD Power reported that satisfaction significantly decreased if a dealership was unable to resolve a problem after just one visit. Fortunately, 94% of respondents reported the dealer was able to fix the problem correctly the first time. But when it comes to radio reception, that number falls to 80%.

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