CAN-AM Side-by-Side Dealers Ranked 1st by Pied Piper’s 2018 ‘PSI for UTVs’ Industry Study

For more than ten years, the automotive and motorcycle industries have used PSI mystery shopping as a tool to improve the sales effectiveness of their dealer networks, turning more shoppers into buyers.

BRP Vice President Delton Bohlman accepts PSI for UTVs trophy from Pied Piper’s Fran O’Hagan

Pied Piper’s 2018 Prospect Satisfaction Index U.S. UTV Industry Benchmarking Study measured treatment of UTV shoppers who visited a dealership in-person, with rankings by brand determined by the Pied Piper PSI process, which ties mystery shopping measurement and scoring to industry sales success.

Bombardier Recreational Products’ Can-Am dealerships were the top ranked brand, followed by Kawasaki and Honda ranked second and third, while Bobcat, Kubota and Textron were tied for fourth. Mahindra and Yanmar were tied for seventh, followed by Ingersoll Rand’s Club Car brand in ninth, all scoring above the UTV industry average.

Other UTV brands rated in the study were Hisun, Polaris, CFMOTO, Yamaha, John Deere, MTD Products’ Cub Cadet brand, Toro, Kymco and Ariens’ Gravely brand.

For more than ten years, the automotive and motorcycle industries have used PSI mystery shopping as a tool to improve the sales effectiveness of their dealer networks, turning more shoppers into buyers. From a customer’s perspective, top scoring brands and dealerships are considered “more helpful,” resulting in greater customer loyalty.

2018 marks the first time that Pied Piper applied PSI’s fact-based approach to research and then measure the sales effectiveness of the UTV market.

The UTV market overlaps two well-established industries that previously did not compete with each other: powersports (motorcycles, ATVs) and outdoor power equipment (tractors, lawn mowers). Previously the powersports industry focused mostly on leisure, while the outdoor power equipment industry focused mostly on work. Today, for the UTV market, those boundaries are disappearing.

Differences exist today between the typical sales approach followed by powersports dealerships and outdoor power equipment dealerships. For example, powersports dealerships are more likely to learn about customer needs, showcase vehicles through walkarounds and accessories, and promote their dealership, but also more likely to try to steer a brand’s customers to a different brand instead. Outdoor power equipment dealerships are more likely to provide hands-on demonstration of vehicles, including test drives, more likely to use visual aids and provide customers with printed materials, but are less likely to get customer contact information to allow follow up.

Not only is there variation in UTV sales behaviors, but for some brands, it can be difficult for customers to find online product information or even accurate dealership location information.

“It’s not always easy to be a UTV customer today,” said Fran O’Hagan, president and CEO of Pied Piper. “Because the UTV market is still young, strong dealerships with skilled salespeople are an important competitive advantage for UTV manufacturers.”

The 2018 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index U.S. UTV Industry Study was conducted between July 2017 and April 2018 using 1,168 hired anonymous mystery shoppers at dealerships located throughout the U.S.

Link: Pied Piper

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