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Express Service retains more customers and increases profits

Express Service retains more customers and increases profits

What was the Problem?

  • The dealer (part of a group) was losing customers to independent garages and discounting work to fill its workshop
  • Although this filled the workshop profitability was affected and the booking lead time was often variable – which dissatisfied regular customers
  • Due to historical issues, the technician base cost was high
  • Sold-outcomes from health-checks were variable, work was not found early enough in the day to sell it, or, if the workshop was full, no sale was attempted
  • There were major parking problems on site – especially so when the workshop was full


  • Involved 2 technicians in developing an Express Service in 30 mins plus service wash to return car in 1 hour
  • Improved planning, parking and reception processes


  • Service work efficiencies of 175% to 255% – Average 220%
  • Improved Right First Time on Time = reduced dissatisfaction
  • Better customer engagement at reception = better upsell
  • Capacity to deliver more complicated jobs with same resource
  • Reduction in parking problem

First stage improvement opportunity £120,000.  Next stage in progress

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