Cars With the Best Dealer Experience
Both MINI and Lexus repeated their top scores when it comes to sales satisfaction, according to the recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) StudySM. The study is based on how customers rate every aspect of their vehicle shopping experience including their satisfaction with the dealership and salesperson they purchased from, as well as the dealerships they visited but did not purchase from.
MINI reportedly ranked the highest among mass market brands for the third year in a row, with a score of 712, based on a 1,000 point scale. They were immediately followed by Buick and GMC with scores of 706 and 683, respectively.
Among luxury brands, Lexus dominated for the second year in a row with an index score of 737, followed by Infiniti (728) and Cadillac (725). The rankings are reportedly based on the experiences of both buyers and rejectors.
Below is a full list of manufacturers and how their sales satisfaction rated in this year's study, courtesy of J.D. Power and Associates. To improve the dealer experience even more, I recommend starting with the CarWoo Deal Finder
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California Residents - Important:There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.
- Gregg Fidan
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About: Gregg Fidan
Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.
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