Mad Keen will target the following market segments with its website:
New car owners
Older luxury car owners
Sports car owners
4.1 Market Segmentation
Mad Keen Motors segments its customers by type of car ownership. We believe that the type of car that a person owns says volumes about their driving and therefore their garage requirements.
New car owners: owners of newer cars are likely not to use the company's garage repair service. If they do have problems with their car, they will return to the dealer where they bought it. These owners, though, will take great pride in their cars and will bring them often to the wash and valet service. The goal with these customers is to promote regular use of the wash and valet service. Eventually, as their warranty runs out, the goal will be to sell them on the efficiency, excellent service and price competitiveness of Mad Keen Motors' repair services.
Older luxury car owners: people who have either owned their high-end luxury cars for some years, or are unable to afford the expense of a brand new luxury car but want the feel of relaxed driving. Both of these groups want to keep their cars in the best shape possible. Those who have bought second-hand cars will often spend many hours in their cars and will place much importance on reliability. These owners will bring their cars in for regular services and occasional valets.
Sports car owners: people who are younger, or middle-aged men, and will regard performance as important. They will also pride themselves on the look of their car and if involved in a minor scrape will have the body repaired very quickly, since looks are also important. These people will have regular service and tune-ups on their cars.
Lifetime owners: many of these people have owned their cars for more than five or six years. They are more likely to be women. They are attached to their cars as friends and though it may be more sensible for them to purchase a new car, they will continue to have repairs done on their "old faithful."
Buyers: the site will provide links to information on new and used car prices and include tips on what to look for when buying a car.
New Car Owners
Sports Car Owner
Older luxury car owner
Used Car Buyers
4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy
Aside from the washing and valet services, we are currently targeting owners of older cars or cars in need of much maintenance, since that will provide us the greatest revenue.
4.3 Service Business Analysis
The garage repair business as a whole is fragmented. There are a few major dealerships in each area, with a larger number of small garage repair shops, like Mad Keen Motors. Dealers target customers who buy new and used cars from them. Small garages rely on word of mouth and get most new customers because of emergency car care needs.
4.3.1 Competition and Buying Patterns
Word of mouth is important in the car repair business, since people are very wary of garages, due to their lack of knowledge of cars and engines. Mad Keen Motors leads the local competition in regards to word of mouth, having been in business for over three decades under the same ownership.
Competition from dealerships is becoming stiffer. Car design is becoming more and more specialized, as car manufacturers aim to encourage owners of their vehicles to have services carried out at their franchised dealerships. However, small garages like Mad Keen have a price advantage over dealership, usually charging 50-70% less per hour for repair work.