Top 3 Ways to Retain Automotive Talent
Across the country, car dealerships are struggling to keep up with demand as they operate with a shrinking staff:
- 43% of service advisor positions turned over in 2021.
- There was already a 29% turnover rate for auto tech and management roles.
- 79% of auto techs have considered leaving the industry altogether.
At WizeHire, we’re on a mission to help you make the right hires who are committed to career growth at your dealership — so you see long-term success.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Why skilled automotive workers are leaving the industry
- What high turnover is costing your dealership
- How successful auto dealerships are retaining talent
Why skilled automotive workers are leaving the industry
Why so much employee turnover? Reports point to less than optimal payment plans, employee burnout, and lack of management support.
What high turnover is costing your dealership
|Loss of customers||Loss of reputation||Loss of production & revenue|
|The high cost and low supply of new vehicles means more people are getting their cars serviced vs. buying new. This means more skilled techs are needed to work on older cars and there is a higher demand for maintenance without more workers.||According to a J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study, car owners now wait almost a full day longer for a service appointment compared to last year. Some shops even have 4-7 day wait times.||High turnover means heavily relying on the employees that do stay. Each year, 550 million work days are lost due to stress on the job, costing the US economy more than $500 billion dollars. A decrease in productivity and loss of revenue puts more pressure on dealerships.|
💡What is the total cost of high turnover? Losing one tech can cost a typical dealership $172,000 when considering lost production, lost revenue and the price of finding a replacement. Employee retention is vital for your dealership.
How successful dealerships are retaining skilled automotive talent
To retain the talent you already have, many successful auto dealerships are rethinking their benefits and incentives.
- Consider restructuring payment plans. Higher base pay and lower commission provide more work stability and can be more cost-effective than hiring new people.
- Offer flexible scheduling options. More flexibility can improve work-life balance and reduce burnout. One dealership opted for employees to work longer days with a few days off in between.
- Create opportunities for upward mobility. Show existing employees there is room for growth and pair new hires with more experienced professionals who can provide mentorship.
Hire skilled automotive workers who want to grow with your dealership
Local business owner, Bill Griffin, the co-owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills MI, stated:
“It just seems like every position takes a lot more to fill than before. It’s become common for people to not even answer you back for an interview. It’s forced us to think about our hiring process more.”
We know that high-quality automotive talent is hard to find and keeping that talent is even harder. WizeHire helps you find skilled sales reps and service techs that want to grow with your dealership, so you’re prepared for the weeks and months ahead.