A few weeks ago, I started a journey to find the perfect vehicle for our family. As a family of five, we knew that an SUV with 3rd-row seating would be ideal (primarily so we could keep our daughter from feeding our son things he’s wasn’t supposed to eat). Unfortunately, finding time to stop by the dealership to find a car seemed unrealistic. That’s when I decided to open my laptop to begin the search for our next vehicle.

Being unsure of how to start this journey online, I googled (because that’s what everyone does) local dealerships. I then looked through the inventory of each dealership, and this is where my decision-making process began.

I couldn’t find everything I needed on-line, so I filled out an information request on almost every website I visited. I was hoping to get some answers, even though it was late at night. What I discovered was frustrating, to say the least.

Every dealership sent me a response stating the following, “Thank you for your inquiry. We will contact you as soon as we return to the office.”  Oh great, that means I get to wait 12 or more hours to get my answers (insert sarcasm).

Let me be clear on this: I HATE AUTORESPONDERS. To me, it’s like calling your cable company to discuss an issue, and you have to deal with the pesky automated voice dialing (i.e. dial ‘1’ to add service, dial ‘2’ to discuss billing, etc.) for 30+ minutes before you can finally talk to a human.

Let’s put this into perspective. If I showed up to your dealership, would you ask me to sit down and wait 12 hours before being helped? Of course not. Why? You understand that a good customer experience will increase your chance of getting the sale. Since your website is just an extension of your physical showroom, why should your online customer be forced to wait 12 hours to get their answers?

Having a great CRM can be a huge asset to car dealerships; however, one aspect of the CRM that dealerships tend to mishandle is the process of responding to their internet leads. With 40% of internet leads coming after 9 pm and on Sundays, dealerships have an urgency to take the digital lead to a personalized response the fastest.

In other words, your response time and response quality are more important now than ever. If you’re not giving the customer what they’re looking for, your competitor is just one click away.

So how can your dealership do better? Consider using BCP for Sales to handle your internet leads. Every lead is answered in less than 10 minutes, 24/7/365. And here’s the best part: every lead is answered with a model specific response using questions, photographs, brochure links, and even YouTube videos. They then have people review and customize the response before sending it back in the salesperson's name to the customer.

Respond Better. Sell More.

It’s that simple.


When you walk into a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, you’re after one thing, the STEAK. According to their website, their “perfected broiling method and seasoning techniques ensure each cut of USDA Prime beef arrives cooked to perfection and sizzling on a 500° plate—just the way Ruth liked it.” At Better Car People, we do the same, just not with steaks. Our handcrafted responses ensure each lead is delivered with the personal touch—just the way Matthew likes it.

Unlike Golden Corral, we don’t try to do everything. We, like Ruth’s Chris, focus on doing one thing really well. That one thing for us is a crisp and enticing internet lead response. As the great White Goodman from the movie Dodgeball once quoted, “We’re better than you...and we know it.”

OvernightBDC and BetterAppointments for OnStar are among the top internet lead response solutions for sales and service in the industry. Our initial response is like the first bite for your customers. They engage immediately, and come back for more.

While the quality of our products are comparable to Ruth’s Chris, our delivery method is more like that of Jimmy John’s. In other words, we’re fast, “Freaky Fast.” Jimmy John’s has your sandwich made and in the deliverers hand before you hang up the phone. At Better Car People, we answer leads in less than 10 minutes ( or before your customer leaves your website). Time is money, and we understand that better than most.

So here’s the thing: we cook it, deliver it, and you enjoy it. We take pride in delivering results, not just amazing blogs. We don’t lock you into long term contracts. And if you need to take a break because you can’t handle all the customers beating down your door, we understand and make it easy to quit. Seriously, it’s probably too easy. But we feel confident you’ll stay.

“...9 times out of 10 I get the reply email in my inbox where you have responded to the lead, BEFORE I get the actual GM Lead Email!! It’s AWESOME! Thank you guys so much! You have definitely improved our overall Internet Presence!”

Whitney Willis Snow, Certified Internet Director at Willis Automotive

Better Car People is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as a 2017 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award winner. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrate 50 companies in Greater Charlotte that have successfully championed a positive, productive and performance-driven culture, and have worked with their employees to develop successful cultural practices. Better Car People will be profiled in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at a high-energy awards ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at CenterStage@NoDa.

“The Corporate Culture Award winners have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line. It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated. Through this they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO. “We’re honored to celebrate with the leaders of Charlotte’s top company cultures and recognize them for building true performance-driven cultures.”

The Corporate Culture Awards ceremony on Feb. 7, 2017, is an expected sell-out event where the leaders of Charlotte’s top companies will gather to mingle, celebrate and share stories about their collective successes. The event will kick off with a high-energy networking reception, complete with fun activities, including ping-pong, a putting green and a basketball shootout. Accompanying the fun is a video-packed awards ceremony that will honor the leaders of Charlotte’s top company cultures.

About the Corporate Culture Awards

The Corporate Culture Awards program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture to enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Smart leaders understand that culture is a company’s greatest asset, driving performance and growth. What’s more, a successful culture is actively and intentionally cultivated and developed. Corporate Culture Awards winners will have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization, and will have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices. The final roster of winners will be chosen by an independent committee of local business leaders, profiled in SmartCEO magazine, and celebrated at a high-energy awards event.

About Better Car People

Better Car People is a group of automotive experts who have transformed the way dealerships operate through the use of digital technologies. Currently partnering with 1500+ dealers around the US and Canada, Better Car People provides dealership solutions for sales and service BDCs as well as internet lead responses.


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