Customer service quality at Great Wall Motor (GWM) service centres in the greater Durban area
China was the world’s third-largest producer of cars in 2006, and also the third-largest producer of “motor vehicles”. Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GWM) is the largest privately-owned automotive manufacturer in China. It was among the Top 500 Enterprises of China in 2004 and one of the best brands in the national automobile range. One of the more prominent industries in South Africa is the automobile industry. A high level of customer service is of paramount importance due to the competitive nature of this industry. Poor service at GWM service centres has created a negative perception amongst customers. GWM service centres do not appear to provide a satisfactory level of service for customers. The purpose of the study is to investigate customer perceptions of service quality at GWM service centres in the greater Durban area. In this research, the literature survey defined the service quality “gap” at GWM service centres, identified the role of effective communication in the service delivery system, measured the variables affecting current service delivery using the SERVQUAL instrument, and prioritized the importance of the factors influencing service delivery at GWM service centres. The analysis of the results revealed important findings. The results demonstrated that, in each of the five SERVQUAL dimensions, there was a negative quality gap. Improvements are needed across all five dimensions. Specific recommendations have been made to improve the levels of customer service quality at GWM service centres.