MG Motor India Tops 2023 India JD Power CSI Study for Third Consecutive Year

DELHI: 30 Nov. 2023  High implementation of service advisor actions during pre-service assists original equipment manufacturer (OEM) workshops in a multi-faceted manner, according to the J.D. Power 2023 India Customer Service Index (CSI) Study,SM released today. After a hiatus since 2021, J.D. Power has re-launched the India Customer Service Index Study in collaboration with NielsenIQ.

Pre-service actions by the service advisors combine several actions like multi-point inspection, explanation of work before service, being fully aware of customer needs, providing helpful advice and having sufficient technical knowledge. The study finds that customers who have received implementation of all these elements have an increase of 20 points (on a 1,000 -point scale) than those who do not (848 vs. 828, respectively). In addition, these customers end up spending 7% more on their service than those who do not receive these implementations.

“Pre-service process sets the tone for the entire service experience,” said Sandeep Pande, lead of the automotive practice India at NielsenIQ. “Service advisors who are able to ensure a higher implementation of the key elements, not only reap higher monetary benefits for their workshop, but they are also able to build trust for their workshops in the mind of the customers.”

Following are additional key findings of the 2023 study:

  • Proper explanation key to mitigating high charges perception: Nearly one-fifth (19%) of customers who have their work and charges explained both pre and post service say that the charges were higher than expectations. This increases significantly to 45% among customers who did not receive an explanation of both the work done and money charged by the workshops.
  • Sensitivity towards vehicle handover time remains: Customers want to hand over their vehicles for service in a fast yet efficient manner. The inflection point is 20 minutes after walking into the workshop. Satisfaction progressively drops beyond that time, with a decline of 21 points when the handover time exceeds 30 minutes.

Study Ranking

MG India ranks highest in customer service satisfaction with a score 852. Skoda (848) ranks second and Nissan (845) ranks third.

The 2023 India Customer Service Index Study (CSI) is based on responses from 5,480 new-vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle from July 2020 through September 2022. The study was fielded from July through September 2023.

The study measures new-vehicle owners’ satisfaction with after-sales process by examining the dealership performance in five factors (listed in order of importance); service initiation (36%); vehicle pick-up (19%); service quality (18%); service advisor (15%); and service facility (13%). The study only examines the after-sale satisfaction in the mass market segment.

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