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July 31, 2019

Honda Scores Highest in Sales Satisfaction in the Philippines in 2019

Honda buyers in the Philippines are the most satisfied when it comes to their new car purchase. This is according to the J.D. Power 2019 Philippines Sales Satisfaction Index study. With a score of 832 (out of 1,000), they rank ahead of Mitsubishi (829) and Toyota (823), while at the bottom are Isuzu, Hyundai, and Ford.

The study is based on responses from 1,830 new vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle between July 2018 and April 2019 and was fielded between January and June 2019. And though 11 brands were studied, Chevrolet, Kia, and Mazda were excluded due their small and insufficient sample size.

Now in its 19th year, the study examines six factors that contribute to overall customer satisfaction with the new vehicle purchase experience. In order of importance, they are sales consultant; dealer facility; delivery process; paperwork completion; working out the deal; and dealer website.

The study also includes the Net Promoter Score or NPS, which measures new vehicle owners’ likelihood to recommend their vehicle brand on a 0-10 point-scale.

Interestingly, J.D. Power says that 79 percent of respondents this year were first-time car buyers, and yet, are less satisfied than repeat buyers. The study finds that first-time buyers have an overall satisfaction of 815 (on a 1,000-point scale) with the new-vehicle sales experience, while satisfaction of repeat buyers (those either replacing or buying an additional vehicle) is 837.

The difference in satisfaction between first-time and repeat buyers is most apparent in areas relating to working out details of the deal and paperwork completion. Informal modes of presenting the price, such as handwritten figures, are used more often with first-time buyers (72 percent) than repeat buyers (44 percent). Overall, customers who are presented with a signed formal offer have higher satisfaction than those not given one (838 vs. 811, respectively).

“Getting your first car is an exciting experience but not an easy decision to make,” said Sigfred M. Doloroso, Country Manager, Philippines J.D. Power “Dealers can add value by not only making sure that customers get the right car for the best price, but also spending the time to celebrate this first new purchase. This can be made possible through better understanding the customers’ profile, needs and preferences.”

The study finds that when it comes to delivering the new vehicle, sales outlets are less likely to provide first-time buyers with a special ceremony compared with repeat buyers (66 percent vs. 73 percent, respectively). Furthermore, first-time buyers (33 percent) are also less likely to compare prices across dealerships than repeat buyers (51 percent), and more first-time buyers (81 percent) are financing their new vehicle purchase with a loan than repeat buyers (69 percent). This highlights the need for dealers to take more time to guide, advise and help new customers get the best deal possible.

Following are additional key findings of the 2019 study:
  • Digital tools to demonstrate vehicles features: Sales consultants are using digital devices more extensively to demonstrate vehicle features during the vehicle selection process (59 percent vs 50 percent in 2018). Satisfaction is 22 points higher among customers who experienced this. 
  • Using background information an asset: Customers finding the dealer to be “very effective” in using information provided prior to visiting the dealership increases to 79 percent in 2019 from 72 percent in 2018. These customers have a satisfaction level that’s 29 points higher than those who found the dealer’s use of information only “somewhat effective.”
  • Exact model/variant not always available: Only 9 percent of customers indicate that the exact model/variant they were interested in was not available at the dealership. There is 24-point gap in satisfaction between customers who found the exact model versus those who did not.

1 comment:

  1. K. But I don't see many CRV running. Probably because it's not a value for money car. Value for money does not necessarily mean lower price. It means owner satisfaction for what he's getting for the price. Honda CR-V failed in this definition. The CRV price is high but the engine chosen for this market is the underpowered one. Smart buyers knew what they're getting and they're shunning it.


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