Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research
Over the last two years, almost 1 million Australians took their car back to the dealership for a service or mechanical repair within an average three month period, the latest Roy Morgan Research automotive data shows.

Of the top 10 brands by sales volume, Honda drivers are the most satisfied with their dealership’s service (94.3%), with satisfaction levels almost 10% points above the industry average of 85.8%.

Subaru and Mazda round out the top three with 90% and 89.3% total satisfaction respectively, closely followed by Ford on 89.1%.

These results come from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey of over 50,000 interviews annually.

Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“The ownership experience and related warranty coverage is becoming an increasingly important factor for auto companies trying to sell new cars. Many makes have introduced four- and five-year warranties in an attempt to woo potential buyers from competitor brands.

“However, while over two in three Hyundai owners who returned the car to the dealership for servicing were covered by a five-year warranty, the make had the lowest service satisfaction score, over 5% points below the industry average.

“Perhaps reflecting the reliability of modern vehicles, the bulk of vehicle service is routine maintenance, with other key areas being oil fluids, tyres and brakes.”

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Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia): All drivers had service at dealer where vehicle purchased (within last 3 months) Mar 2011 to Feb 2013 n = 2,451

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