How do we know this? Where can we get insights into the minds of car buyers? Social media acts as our window into the decision-making process of both new- and used-car buyers.
Social media and online forums are full of car buyers with strong opinions about new and used cars, who are asking for recommendations, talking about the user experience, rating top features, detailing their wish-list, and sharing resources. When Crimson Hexagon sorted and analyzed these consumer conversations, we learned a great deal about what irks pre-owned car buyers and what pleases them, what constitutes feature must-haves and what are the compromises they’re willing to make.
t a time when car sales are slipping and lots are full of unsold cars, to keep inventories slim, carmakers and dealerships want to make sure they are finding — and trumpeting — cars with the features that buyers want.
Crunch time or not, car buyers flock online to crowdsource tips and resources from social media. But are they making the same demands from a new car and a pre-owned one? Our data says consumers are not..
Safe to Say, It’s a New Car?
To state the obvious here — safety is a no-compromise first priority when it comes to buying new cars, particularly for families and new parents. Growing families, unsurprisingly also tend to prefer spacious cars.
Among top preferred features, bluetooth connectivity has now become an indispensible part of a vehicle. Aside from the obvious priority on safety, car buyers look for good bluetooth and audio connectivity systems in both new and used cars that lets them stream audio, control features with their voices, and rely on built-in navigation.
Old Could be Gold
Interestingly enough, a reliable bluetooth connectivity beats low miles as the top feature among buyers considering pre-owned cars. And, in an expanding used-car market, it’s not just about low mileage — consumers also insist on automatic transmission, leather interior, and fuel efficiency.
Who is Buying What?
The majority of those discussing new cars is audience from ages 18-24 (50%). This makes sense considering most first time car buyers happen to be millennials. The group that comes in distant second (27%) is teenagers under 17, on the cusp of becoming licensed drivers.
The number of consumers discussing new cars trails off above the age of 25. Conversely, that’s the group leading the ‘used-cars’ conversation. Fifty-eight percent of the used-car discussion is led by consumers over 35, the same group contributed a measly 16% to the new-cars conversation. Also noteworthy is the fact that the overall audience discussing both used and new cars skews female.
What else do they like?
Analyzing pools of affinities and conversation topics can help spot the right audience and understand them better. We found there to be very little, or almost no overlap between groups discussing new and old cars.
The age group of the audience hints at specific interests — the audience discussing new cars skew younger and tend discuss brands like Nike, Starbucks and Playstation and talk about homework, makeup and volleyball whereas the group talking about used cars have more worldly interests discussed healthcare, world news, law and conservative politics.
And the last word goes to…consumers
Listening to key conversations on social media can help segment an audience to decipher how their demands make them different. Some are easily pleased with a decent sound system whereas some others drive a hard bargain for used cars. Either way, they are bringing their concerns and queries to forums. Are carmakers tuned in?
Read the full report: http://pages.crimsonhexagon.com/rs/284-XQB-702/images/Auto-Trends-Report-2017.pdf