RR 413: Jill Trotta on Pricing Transparency

Jill Trotta, Vice President, Industry Advocacy and Sales RepairPal discusses pricing transparency and reiterates the fact that it is not going away. Every shop owner should understand this and never let this disable them in any way. If you happen to have a friend who is struggling with pricing, let them listen to this episode and it may be worthwhile for them to best understand how it works and what it means to your operation.

Jill says that millions of people visit the RepairPal site each month and the data they collect helps them understand how to make pricing transparency work for you. She also offers some survey results that, are frankly, disturbing as it relates to satisfied customers. Listen to Jill’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Pricing transparency   
    • Use it to your advantage- use it to gain trust with customers
    • Don’t let it disable you as a shop owner
    • Accept fact it is not going away  
  • Repair Pal- Fair price source, not cheap price source
    • 6 million site visitors per month- able to get valuable information from consumers via surveys and questionnaires
    • 58% do not feel were charged a fair price with auto repair
    • 36% do not feel the car was fixed right the first time
    • 29% check prices online
    • 63% don’t have $500 extra for emergencies
    • 85% who had car repair had checked the price online prior
    • Let customers go on repairpal.com and see the price range for repairs- cannot give the exact price over the phone because of various factors once you are inside the vehicle   
  • Service advisor
    • Need to sell the benefit and value to a consumer
    • Service advisor training and educating is key- should cover estimating and how to present it, have to be knowledgeable  
    • Customers want a discount- instead, offer car wash or detailing service  

Resources:

  • Thanks to Jill Trotta for her contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
  • Repair Pal Website HERE.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.