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Customer Satisfaction Surveys



  • geo9geo9 Member Posts: 735
    The dealer messed up so I had to return there today!

    Nothing big just needed a photocopy of my DL for the
    financing banks requirement. It was a opportunity
    to take a ride in the rural countryside on a nice day!

    So as I was shooting the breeze with the GM, F&I
    guys as well as the salesman I was bustin' about how
    I hammered them on the GM new car survey..........
    Why they asked???????????

    I mentioned because the F&I guy knew i wasn't a "lay
    down" and didn't sweat me on buying a extended warranty,
    choke n' croak, and rust n' dust!!!!!!!!!!

    The GM for trying to rob me out of my trade in by only
    offering me $21,500 and then selling it for $23,900 !

    The salesguy for not splitting his commission "on the
    slide" with me either...............

    We all had a good laugh and I was asking them if the
    owner Charlie was around and if they wanted me to
    bust on him a little bit !!!!!
    They asked me not to because he was in a miserable mood!

    Said my goodbyes and promised a "completely satisfied"
    on the survey and went on my way!!!!!!!!! :P
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Member Posts: 2,039

    I'm always confused when reading your posts. What's the point?

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    What happened to posts #467 and #468?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    Sometimes a little pruning is necessary. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • joel0622joel0622 Member Posts: 3,299
    Sometimes a little pruning is necessary

    Ya I should be in full bloom. I used to get pruned allot earlier in the spring :D
  • bremertongbremertong Member Posts: 436
    Nice to see you post here too! We have sent messages back and forth at the Deville web site. I recently traded my 2004 Deville for a new 2006 DTS. The salesman noticed some small damage on the front bumper AFTER I wrote my check. I was brought back for repair and was told that by the scratch repair person that I would have to leave the car overnight, to which I replied, I know a one hour scratch repair service that can come and repair at the dealership to which they replied that service could not repair that kind of scratch, bottom line the scratch repair person repaired the scratch in one hour to like new condition. This
    plus the fact that the car stalled out several times in the first few weeks that I had it. On my first visit they said they had reset some error codes and all would be fine now.
    Almost as soon as I got home the car stalled out again, at that point I called the General manager and he arranged to have the battery changed, they also found several voltage error codes. The electrical system seems okay after second visit, just a week ago. They also would not change the oil which had been in the engine since it left the factory in Sept. 2005, once again the general manager stepped in and told them to change the oil without charge to me. The salesman took very little interest in assisting after he took my check. BOTTOM LINE: The survey, I will check several items as somewhat satisfied and some as satisfied but none of the survey will be checked as completely satisfied. Since it is close to 140 miles round trip to the
    dealership I was greatly inconvienced by all this nonsense.
    Think I'm right not to pass them with flying colors for this kind of experience. Wondered what others think???
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Member Posts: 811
    after bringing my hyundai for service I received a survey. I would have gave them excellant marks but I returned it to them as they offered to fill the gas tank on my car for the blank survey with the return envelope. free is always good.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    "...they offered to fill the tank on my car..."

    You got $40 worth of gas and the salesman got hundreds in bonus money. You sold your integrity cheap.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Member Posts: 811
    the survey was for the service department not for sales. As I previously wrote I would have given them excellants so they still would have received their bonus. I would be dumb to turn down their offer. as the old saying goes money talks b.s. walks
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    "...was for the service department not for sales..."

    Oh, I misunderstood. You sold your integrity for the right price then.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • isellhondasisellhondas Member Posts: 20,342
    Yes, some stores do this. At least that customer was happy and would have given excellent scores anyway.

    Some lousy stores can earn top surveys if they buy them and, yes, for some people, it's all about something for nothing.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    I was wondering do ALL car makers use CSI's? Are they all tied in to bonus money? Any car makers that use a different system?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • humblecoderhumblecoder Member Posts: 125
    Until I happened upon this message board, I never knew how those auto dealer surveys work. Personally, it sounds like a load of cow manure.

    I don't specifically remember exactly what the CSI survey looked like when I bought my last new car (2004), but I am almost certain that I didn't give the top rating across the board. Was he a decent salesperson? He was okay as far as salespeople go. Was he the BEST salesperson that I ever had? Definitely not!!

    I would certainly call him "average", since he was friendly and he wasn't offensive or anything. However, he did not go above and beyond the call of duty. That is why I would not give him a perfect score across the board.

    Now keep in mind that was 3 years ago, and I didn't realize that I was screwing him out of his bonus or anything. If I had known that, I probably would have given him his perfect score, since he didn't do anything so terrible that his bonus should be withheld. And I wouldn't even need to be bribed to do it!

    If I were a car salesperson, here is how I would approach the CSI survey. Rather than bribing the person, here is what I would say:

    "In the coming weeks, you are going to receive a Customer Satisfaction Survey from GM/Ford/Honda/etc. There is a bonus that is tied to your response to this survey. If you give me the highest rating in all areas related to sales, then I will be eligible for the bonus. However, if you give me one or more scores below the highest, then I will not get my bonus.

    "As you can see, this isn't a very fair system, since nobody is perfect including me. However, it is the system that our manufacturer has set up, so there isn't much that I can do about it. So when you fill it out, if you think that I deserve my bonus, please fill it out with the highest scores. If you don't think that I deserve the bonus, then fill it out accordingly.

    "Since nobody is perfect, if you think I deserve the bonus but you think that there are still areas that I can improve upon, please fill out the survey with the highest score, but also feel free to send a letter to myself or to my boss with the areas you feel where we can do better."

    In this way, you are explaining the impact of the CSI survey, and then allowing the person do to what they will without mudding the waters with a bribe. I think most decent people will vote to give you the bonus if you deserve it. If the person isn't decent, well then they probably wouldn't have given you a perfect score anyway!
  • joel0622joel0622 Member Posts: 3,299
    I would keep a copy of the survey at my desk and go over it line by line with the customer while we were waiting for the car to come out of clean up, explain the importance of it and ask for perfect scores. I learned early on if you did not ask for them you would not get them. But like I have said before, our store does not tie your pay plan to your VOC score (Voice Of The Customer). The biggest deal we ever made out of it was a perfect 10 would get you $10 and if you were top man of the year you would get a $500 bonus.

    One thing that raised our scores even higher then they already were was now we do whats called an exit interview. When I am all done with the paper work I go get the SM who worked the deal. He comes in, thanks you for your purchase, asks you if there is anything we could have done better, goes over your maintenance schedule, ask you what brought you to the dealership and explains the survey you are going to receive. It takes 5 minutes and has helped allot.
  • baca2589baca2589 Member Posts: 1
    Well Considering all the info on the web and that you probebly didn't pay full sticker for your car.Your sales person didn't make more then $75.00, whitch is the minimum at most dealers for survy bonus. No matter if it was service problems your sales person got slammed and probebly lost about $700 out of his pay for the month as these survey are based off an avarage. I work in sales and it is a very unfair survy to us. On the other hand your sales person should have convayed the importance of the survy to you. So no you where not wrong because you didn't know.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    I purchased a new car at the end of January and still have not received a CSI. I asked the salesman if they were on a survey system and he said yes. I indicated that I knew how the system worked and intended to give him a perfect score. He said it would come in the mail. He also said I would get a call from J.D. Powers.

    J.D. Powers called a few days later. One of my son's friends answered and misunderstood who they were looking for. He told them there was no one here by that name. I'm wondering, could that have been the CSI? Why would they do it by phone when the salesman told me I would get something in the mail?

    They never called back and I've had no follow-up from the dealer. I'd hate to think some dumb teenager screwed up the sales guy's bonus.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Member Posts: 2,039
    Which vehicle make did you buy? It depends on the manufacturer.

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    "...Which vehicle make..."


    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • joel0622joel0622 Member Posts: 3,299
    Probably can't afford the postage. :D:D :shades:
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    "...Probably can't afford the postage..."

    LOL Actually, they made money this year. How did Ford do?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • joel0622joel0622 Member Posts: 3,299
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556

    Don't worry, I think the Mustang GT is a better car, I just couldn't afford it.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Member Posts: 2,039
    No clue as to how they run the system. I wouldn't worry about that poor salesman though.

  • pernaperna Member Posts: 521
    I took delivery of my Altima on 2/29, and I just got my survey yesterday, on 3/19.

    It was about the same back in '03 when I bought my last car from them, IIRC.

    One nice thing was that you can now fill them out online without bothering with mailing it.

    One amusing thing was that it asks you in GIANT BOLD LETTERS on both the intro letter AND the question itself that if you were pressured in any way, shape, or form about the survey to contact Nissan immediately and "DO NOT BRING THIS SURVEY INTO THE DEALERSHIP". :D:D:D
  • isellhondasisellhondas Member Posts: 20,342
    Some dealers will promise a tank of gas or something else in return for a survey that is brought to them.

    And a lot of customers can get treated like crap and sell themselves out for that tank of gas or free oil change.

    Oldfarmer, they could have killed your survey if they figured you were going to trash them.
  • jipsterjipster Member Posts: 6,230

    Well, if you take the survey to the dealership there really is nothing to stop the salesperson or manager from opening the thing up and changing the answers... to their benefit.
    2020 Honda Accord EX-L, 2011 Hyundai Veracruz, 2010 Mercury Milan Premiere, 2007 Kia Optima
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 21,556
    "...if they figured you were going to trash them..."

    Well, I told the sales guy that I would give him a perfect CSI. Do salespeople figure that what ever you say you mean the opposite, as in "I'm not a grinder"?

    I actually thought the salesman did a pretty good job of giving me a fair price without a lot of phony friendliness. His boss the owner told me some lies but I wouldn't trash the sales guy for that.

    Should I call him up and ask what happened? You're a pretty no-nonsense salesperson Isell, what would you recommend?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • isellhondasisellhondas Member Posts: 20,342
    What would I reccommend?

    Forget it. Not everyone get's a survey, at least with Honda.

    It's frustrating too when people who love me don't get a survey and the customer who made every aspect of the sale a miserable procedure...THEY get the survey!
  • jipsterjipster Member Posts: 6,230
    I got a service survey from Mazda today on warranty work I had done about a month ago. I gave all "completely satisfied"... though a few may have been more like "very satisfied " or "satisfied", don't know it they are graded pass/fail like
    the surveys with new car purchases.

    I was in and out in under an hour, after having an ignition coil replaced. Don't know if it was just good service, or that I told them if it were going to take long I would need a free rental car. :blush:
    2020 Honda Accord EX-L, 2011 Hyundai Veracruz, 2010 Mercury Milan Premiere, 2007 Kia Optima
  • rockyellirockyelli Member Posts: 2
    the most terrible sales pitches. there is no promises kept after you sign contract
    you cannot find anybody in the store who knows what comes with you car.
    they make you sign forms that you dont agree with after they make you streesed and excited about the new car. they are professional...cheeters
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Member Posts: 1,724
    You can totally tell if a salesmen is going to play a game with you and be fake within seconds they come out to the lot. I hate that, just lose the act, and just be yourself.
    Now, perhaps that is I am not sure. Were all human. What I hate is that when I know more about the car than they do, that is sad, sometimes, I catch them in a lie. Another, is that they should know exactly what we should be paying, and paying per month on average for a new car in the lot. Don't give me that quote, and get me inside, and go well, its going to be a bit more. No! Another, I'll mention that another dealer offered a great deal, and wonder if they will honor it there. No, they actually said, " go to the other dealer, because we won't do it here". I was like WOW! They watched me walk right out the door. I am even local too. Their staff is made up of mostly young people, and literally run me right over, because I am young, and I look young. Then, I look like the idiot.

    What I have learned is that you MUST get everything in place before you sign the contract, though does not always work, but if you want anything, you must do this before signing. Then atleast you'll be able to walk away. This terrible experiences, have taken place at BOB ROHRMAN Honda!! Buyer beware!
    Their dealer is bogus!! I have given them so many chances to help me, but they did not want to. I will not pay more than what other dealers are selling for. This dealer is known for high prices.

    Now, this does not mean that all dealers are this way, but this is typical around here at Honda. Run around!! I just want to tell them, lose the act, lets be real!
    Its only a car. If I can sense your desperate for a profit, then your trying too hard. Give me some room, don't smother the customer! I know you need to make a living too, but don't act so desperate, heck here is a $10, go get some food. Or better yet, a chill pill to calm yourself

    I think I would be a great salesmen, I would give them the low down of the car, let them drive it, give them plenty of time, no pressure at all. I would be really easy going, I would be straight up. Because though most dealers don't like that approach, but if you notice, they make salesmen of the month more, and pull in more deals. My problem, I might be too nice, and eat into my money, because I am so nice. You just gotta be calm, not too excited, just let them go at their own pace, then the rest will follow, it will! They want a car, but just let them move. You don't have to sugar coat anything. Its a car.
    You make friends with them and relate to them on their level, you have them forever. Were all in the same boat. I would introduce myself, shake their hands, let them drive the car, then give them time. Give them numbers, ask them what they want.. I would be honest. :)
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Member Posts: 2,039
    Another, is that they should know exactly what we should be paying, and paying per month on average for a new car in the lot.

    I agreed with your first statement, but this is exactly why we don't talk numbers on the lot. Because then the customer may get false expectations and gets upset..... like you did. Every customer is different. No sense in talking numbers before you've picked out the right car.

    Selling cars is a very difficult job, especially depending upon your dealer and the vehicle you've chosen to sell. It may seem as easy as shaking hands and making friends, but it does get a bit more involved.

    All in all though, I agree with you. Treat your customer like they are human and be yourself. ;)
  • joel0622joel0622 Member Posts: 3,299
    they make you sign forms that you dont agree with

    Any one who would sign something they don't agree with is just weak. Don't sign anything you don't understand or don't agree with.
  • bonita8bonita8 Member Posts: 5
    I bought a car about 2 weeks ago and was wondering if they still send out the CSS. Boy do I have a lot to say on it!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Administrator Posts: 11,129
    They probably won't send you one if they think you're going to be dissatisfied.
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  • mortiennemortienne Member Posts: 30
    I've bought 4 new cars over the last 4 years (2 Toyotas, a Hyundai and an Infiniti) and haven't received a CSS. to be fair, we only got the last Toyota on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see if anything shows up.
  • normkolnormkol Member Posts: 135
    I bought a Toyota on January 8th and got the survey from Toyota a couple of weeks later.

    The only complaint I had was how long and drawn out the negotiating process was. It was all over my trade, which they admitted was in beautiful, new car condition.

    They started 4k below Edmund's value, and took about two hours to come up 3k to where I went with it.
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