CDK Global, Inc. introduced CDK ServiceView, a video and communications tool powered by TruVideo, for dealership service departments using CDK Service and Elead Service.
CDK said ServiceView is designed to enable service technicians to record and send videos of vehicle inspections to customers. Technicians then can communicate with customers regarding recommended maintenance and repairs.
“CDK ServiceView is a great example of our continued investments in research and technology focused on helping dealers stay ahead of important retail trends,” said Scott Thompson, senior vice president, CDK Global. “Our research shows that building trust is key to retaining customers and growing service business. Through our collaboration with a pioneer and industry leader in service video technology like TruVideo, we will improve the quality and frequency of communications between service departments and their customers and empower dealers to provide frictionless experiences that build trust through transparency.”
A 2020 study conducted by CDK Global found that 55 percent of customers who bought a car from a dealership said they do not trust dealers because of frequent upselling of unrequired services and not keeping them informed of updates during the service process.
CDK ServiceView helps dealers address these concerns and can build back trust with the 74 percent of customers who said they would consider returning to dealerships for future service.
CDK ServiceView dealer features include:
- High-definition videos created via smartphone that can be sent by text message directly to customers to view at their convenience.
- Two-way texting between the service department and their customers to discuss video evaluations and approve or decline proposed vehicle service.
- Internal chat function for dealership personnel to ensure fast and frequent communications between departments.
- Real-time analytics on tool utilization, customer sentiment and engagement.
- Compliance with increasing manufacturer requirements that dealers include video as part of the consumer experience.
“In today’s digital age, we see how impactful video is as a way to improve connections between people,” said Dewayne Sanders, service director, North Park Lexus of San Antonio and TruVideo technology user. “Through this tool, we are taking the mystery out of vehicle service for our customers and better engaging them in the process. This increase in transparency has already shown improvements with our customer relationships and increased our service business by 26 percent.”