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Analysis of the famous ‘Village Volvo’ case study

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 This report analysis the following case study –
 Village Volvo is the ”new kid in town..” it represents and effort by two former authorized Volvo dealer mechanics to provide quality repair service on out-of-warranty Volvos at a reasonable cost. On the basis of their 22 combined years of training and experience with the local Volvo dealer, they have earned a respected reputation and a following of satisfied customers, which make an independent service operation feasible. Village Volvo occupies a new butler building(I.e, a prefabricated metal structure) that has four work bays in addition to an office, waiting area, and storage room.
  The owner feel they have designed their operation to provide clients with a custom car care service that is unavailable at the local dealer. They have set aside specific times each week when clients may drive in for quick, routine services such as tune-ups and oil changes, but they encourage clients to schedule appointments for the diagnosts and repair of specific problems.
  At the time of the appointment. The mechanic who will be working on the vechicle and the client discuss the problems the client has noticed on occasion, the mechanic may take a short test drive with the client to be certain that both understand the area of concern.
  Another source of information for the mechanic is the customer care vehicle dossier(CCVD). Village Volvo maintains a continuing file on each vehicle it services. This history can help the mechanic to diagnose problems and also provides a convenient record if a vehicle is returned for warranty service on an earlier repair. The owners are considering use of the CCVD as a way of “reminding” customers that routine maintenance procedures may be due.
  After the mechanic has made a preliminary diagnosis, the service manager gives the vehicle owner and estimate of the cost and the approximate time when the repair will be completed if no unexpexcted problems arise. Company policy states that the owner will be consulted before any work other that the agreed-on job is done. Althought the customer may speak with the mechanic during the repair process, the service manager is the main poiont of contace. It is the service manager’s responsiblility to be sure the customer understands the preliminary dianoisi, to advise the customer of any unexpected problems and costs, and to notify the customer when the vehicle is ready for pickup
  Village Volvo has no provisions for alternate transportation for customers at this time. A shuttle service two or three times a day is being considered, because the owners think their suburban location my deter some clients. The waiting room is equipped with a television set, comfortable chairs, coffee, a soft-drink vending machine, magazines, and the local newspaper. This facility is used almost exclusively by clients who come during the “drop-in” times(3 to 5 pm Wednesdays and 8 to 10am Thursdays) for quick, routine jobs such as tune-ups and buyer checks of used cars.
  The owner- mechanics do no repairs between 7 and 8 am and 5 and 6 pm, because these are heavy customer hours. They believe it is just as important to discuss and the client the repairs that have been done as it is to what problems exist before that work is done. As repairs is made, the owner-mechanice notes any other problems that might need attention in the future(e.g fan and alternativebelts show some wear and may need to be replaced in about ^,000 miles). These notes are broght to the customer’s attention at pickup time and also are recorded in the CCVD for future use, perhaps in the form of a reminder postcard to the owner.
  All small worn-out parts that have been replaced are put in a clean box inside the car. More cumbersome replaced parts are identified and set aside for the client’s inspection. Care is taken throughtout the repair process to keep the car clean, and the inside is vacuumed as a courtesy before pick up. After the repairs are finished, the vehicle is taken for a short test drive, then it is parked, ready for pickup.
  The village Volvo owners see their responsibility as extending beyond immediate service to their clients. The owners have developed a network of other service providers who assist in recycling used parts and waster products and to whom they can refer clients for work that is not part of village volvo’s services (e.g, body work , alignments, and reupholstering). The owners also are considering the possiblility of offering a minicourse one Saturday morning each month to teach clients what they can do to attain their 200,000-mile Volvo medals.


This report answers the following questions on the case study – <br />1 describe Village Volvo’s service package.<br />2. how are the distinctive characteristics of a service firm illustrated by village Volvo?<br />3 characterize village volvo in regard to the nature of the service act, the relationship with customers, customization and judgment, the nature of demand and supply, and the method of service delivery.<br />4. how could village Volvo manage its back office(i.e, repair operations)lick a factory?<br />5. how can village Volvo differentiate itself from Volvo dealers?<br />

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