CDK Global

The automotive industry is seeing a paradigm shift. While the power of brick-and-mortar showrooms remains undeniable, the convenience and efficiency of researching and shopping online is revolutionizing how cars are sold. According to our most recent Friction Points Study, 84% of dealers have integrated some form of online digital retailing, but surprisingly, only 30% actively include it in their showroom experience. It's time for a change.

In a world where consumers expect every purchase to be fast and easy, speeding up the car buying process is key to remaining competitive and earning customer loyalty. It’s a big plus that more dealers are moving steps of the purchase process online to cut down on time spent in-store. However, the F&I (Finance and Insurance) office remains a sticking point.

Hack is a four-letter word for a good reason and why dealerships are on high alert now, more than ever, to protect their digital operations from cybercriminals. Don’t think it’ll happen to you? Stats on dealership cyberattacks over the last year might change your mind.

For this 2023 State of the Cybersecurity e-book, we compiled data from dealership personnel and market research based on a recent survey conducted by CDK Global.

As inventory worries start to resurface alongside labor difficulties, car buyers still found it relatively easy to buy a new car in September. In our monthly survey, 83% of new car buyers said the overall process of buying their vehicle was easy. That’s up from 82% last month and close to the average we’ve seen since our tracking started in July 2022.

Today, the ideal desking process is built around the modern retail experience that includes the work a customer does online, increases price transparency, and still delivers the highest possible gross for every deal.

As automakers continue to churn out electric vehicles (EVs) to compete with Tesla, the share of EVs keeps building. Yet, shoppers remain confused about nearly every aspect of this vehicle class. In the EV Confusion Carries On white paper, CDK Global looked at what makes EV shoppers unique in today’s automotive market and attempted to understand what’s contributing to this EV ambiguity.

Are your sales managers and employees fumbling with buyers who prefer to do some of the purchase steps online? Or in the store, where online customers prefer to finalize deals? You may need to take a closer look at your team’s modern retail process if you want to win in a competitive market.

We’ve compiled the top online-to-in-store mistakes and how to avoid them before they cost you sales.