Auto Dealers Turning Customers Away?

auto dealer internet leadsIf you are a sales manager at a dealership or a GM and you discovered that your salespeople we turning people away how would you react?

Let’s say a potential customer walked into your dealership and asked a salesperson about a 2010 victory red Camaro, but you sold it the day before or just hour before the prospect walked through the door…and the salesperson replies; Sorry, we just sold that vehicle, but thanks for stopping by.

The typical “sales” approach most dealerships would take would be to ask the prospect a few of the following questions:

  • We have a 2010 green Camaro or a 2011 victory red Camaro in stock now. Would you like to take a look at those vehicles?
  • Ask, are there any other vehicles we might be able to show you today?
  • If I can find you a 2010 victory red Camaro how soon would you be looking to purchase?

Most sales managers or GM’s would show a salesperson where the door is if they did not make some attempt to engage a visitor to their brick and mortar dealership…so why are some auto dealers turning online prospects away looking for used vehicles?

While working on a used car project recently, we discovered that many if not all used car dealers won’t accept a vehicle inquiry if they mark the vehicle for removal from their database. The visitor inquired about a specific vehicle, but the dealer won’t accept the prospect’s online inquiry because they already sold the vehicle possibly. What if the dealer had the same vehicle in the same color, or only a year or two off from the vehicle in question? The dealer will never know because they never let the prospect through the front door.

Most auto dealers would never do this to a customer walking through their front door, so why are auto dealers turning online customers away looking for used vehicles?

If a used car dealer crunched the numbers they would still have a respectable ROI for used vehicle inquiries while adding some names to their marketing list.

I’d be interested in hearing from used car dealers, General Managers, or even some owners to get your perspective on why you don’t want a used vehicle lead if it is marked for deletion from your database.

We’ve been working with auto dealers for five years helping them generate quality leads with a great ROI. Got questions about generating online leads for your store? Drop us a line and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Fake Adwords Display URL? I did not think it was possible, but I finally ran across a Google Adwords ad using a fake display URL. I was looking for a Canon p-150 scanner. I thought I was going to land on, but instead landed on a page which then redirected me to  (Check out the screen shots below)

While I won’t talk about the ethics of this or how Google missed a display URL that does not match a destination URL…this is some slick marketing. I doubt the individual or entity could be identified by anyone without a court subpoena.

Adwords Display URL


Fake Google Adwords Display URL

Directed me to a web page below.

 Adwords Display URL

Typically has to match up with the destination URL unless using a tracking service of some type.

Again, this is a pretty slick marketing tactic. I’m not sure if there is any legal precident of using a corporate domain / sub-domain name to fake out consumers into thinking they are going to a corporate website and then land on an affiliate page.

Once the cookie is loaded, the affiliate will get the sale if the visitor makes a purchase.

Have you run across fake Google Adwords display URLs? or do you use fake display URLs in your marketing? Any Internet attorneys that care to comment on any possible legal issues resulting from the use of this tactic? Comment below or sign up in top right hand corner of this page for email updates.

For more information on Google Adwords display URL policy – click link

Here’s interesting point with regard to Google’s display URL policy for Adwords. There is nothing covered regarding the use of false or misleading display URLs.