How does Drive Chat work?

Our explainer video answers many common questions about Drive Chat

Other Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Choose

     between our fully managed live chat services or our self-managed service – or choose a combination of both.

  2. After you sign up, we’ll send you an email with a few lines of JavaScript. Simply copy and paste the code onto your website (we’ll give you full instructions on where to put it) to get started.
  3. Fill out our questionnaire so we know exactly what you want us to say about your business.
  4. Customise your message prompts and the look of your Live Chat window to suit your dealer website and branding.
  5. Let us take the wheel. Our experienced live chat agents will start responding to live chat enquiries in real time, providing fantastic customer service, capturing warm leads, and delivering these leads to you immediately!
  6. Keep capturing leads 24/7. We monitor your live chat while you’re asleep, so you’ll never miss a lead generation opportunity again.
Our clients have experienced increased leads and enquiries by an average of 30-50%. Because we monitor your website 24 hours a day, you’ll never miss out on a chance to engage your web visitors when they need further assistance or want to set up an appointment. By installing Drive Chat, you make it super easy for customers to reach out. Generating leads online is all about reducing ‘friction’. If you make the process too difficult, your visitors will be more likely to navigate away from your site and look elsewhere. By being proactive and letting your visitors know that a real person is there to help, you’re drastically increasing your chances of making a connecting and turning that visitor into a customer. Here’s a summary of how you’ll benefit from Drive Chat:
  • We’ll engage potential customers when it matters most – while they’re already on your website and ready to talk about making a transaction.
  • You’ll capture leads while you’re asleep – we’ll deliver real-time interactions and personalised service when you need it: 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • We’ll reduce your website bounce rate – by engaging your web visitors to entice them to stay longer and learn more, our live chat agents can increase the probability that they’ll convert into a customer.
  • You’ll collect valuable lead information from your website visitors – We’ll make sure that no potential customers leave your site dissatisfied.
Our Fully Managed plans start at $149 per month and our Self-Managed plan is available for just $49 per month. We’ll never ask you to sign a contract, so you can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your service at any time. You’re in complete control: Choose a pricing Plan that suits your needs based on the volume of leads and enquiries that you want to receive. We work on a monthly cycle, so if you need to adjust your plan, the changes will take effect during the following month’s billing cycle.
Our team of live chat agents will never get involved in technical discussions about your (_____), or your sales process for that matter. We see our role as offering the best possible customer service to help your web visitors find what they’re looking for and to help you convert visitors into buyers.
We’ll capture as many details as possible about their vehicle enquiry, and deliver it as a hot lead for your sales team.
Our live chat agents also have the ability to deliver online leads as inbound phone calls, we do this by partnering with Direct Connect and this ensures that your sales team can speak to a lead within 60 seconds of the lead being captured – Often while the customer is still browsing your website!
Absolutely!  We can customise the look and feel of the Drive Chat window to suit your brand style guide.
We work closely with each OEM to ensure our scripting and our designs are brand compliant.  If you need something specific, just ask!
Our Self-Managed plan gives you the tools to take control of live chat enquiries on your website. Sign up for our self managed live chat plan and allow your own team to handle chats when they are available.   
Our Fully Managed plans give you the tools and the human resources to engage your website visitors at any time of the day or night. Our experienced live chat team will respond to chat enquiries for you, so you can focus on what’s most important for your business.
You’ll also have the option to log in and take control at any time. Once you log off we’ll be there again to respond to customer enquiries.
Many of our customers choose to stay logged in during regular business hours and log off at the end of the day, allowing our agents to manage the after hours chat enquiries so that you never miss an opportunity.
It’s a great Drive Chat feature that lets you set up customised messages/prompts that appear when users visit specific pages or take specific actions.
You can customise your proactive message for each page to make sure that you’re providing highly relevant customer service.
The Drive Chat installation process does not require any technical know-how. It’s super easy: all you have to do is copy and paste a line of code onto your website (no, you don’t have to write it yourself!). Once you sign up we’ll show you exactly where to put this code. The whole process can be completed in less than 10 seconds.
We work with all automotive website providers, and we’ll be happy to communicate with your developers to get this set up quickly and easily.

We are based in Melbourne, Australia, and we serve automotive dealerships and manufacturers across Australia and New Zealand, as well as the US and UK.  

Yes! We can send you a monthly invoice if you’d prefer. Please send a message to our team at to discuss this process and the alternate payment methods that we accept.
Direct Connect mystery shopped over 600 Automotive Dealerships across Australia and New Zealand to collect benchmark data on how car dealerships handle and respond to online leads.

The comprehensive study covered 42 brands, and included over 2,000 leads that were measured by lead response time, and lead response rates.

Check out the Direct Connect Secret Shopper Automotive Whitepaper here!

Really Simple, Lightning-Fast Setup

Get Drive Chat up and running in seconds (seriously).

We know that you’re keen to start capturing warm leads ASAP. So we’ve made setting up Drive Chat super easy.

Select a package and complete our online sign up form.
We'll email you a few lines of JavaScript code to install.
Copy and paste the code onto your website.
Begin receiving new leads and enquiries!

No technical skills required. Scout’s Honour!

We send thousands of leads to dealerships every day!

More than 1,000 car dealerships use Drive Chat. See what some of them have to say:

We’ve been using DriveChat for the last 12 months, the results have been amazing! We consistently receive around 100 high quality sales leads per month and our return on investment is well over 100%.

Drive Chat works with Mazda
Geoff, Dealer Principal
Mazda Dealership, VIC

I would recommend it.  The incremental leads we have received over the last 18 months have made a big difference to the amount of cars we are able to sell, especially in a tough market where it’s important grab every opportunity.

Lee Milhench
John Hughes, WA

We love it! We've used Drive Chat for years and it's a crucial part of our website. We use the co-managed option and have our sales team managing chats during the day and use Drive Chat to capture leads after hours..

Drive Chat works with Honda
Jason, Sales Manager
Honda Dealership