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What makes consumers trust automotive electronic commerce?

Ridsdale, B. and Cownie, F., 2018. What makes consumers trust automotive electronic commerce? Journal of Promotional Communications, 6 (1), 109-132.

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This study explores the antecedents of consumers’ trust within automotive e-commerce. Only a handful of automotive brands currently operate e-commerce platforms; more are likely to join given the success of e-commerce in other retail sectors. Trust is essential for success. The study examines literature predominantly from the relationship marketing paradigm, whilst also drawing from information technology studies. A conceptual framework developed from the literature is used to guide data collection and analysis. Qualitative semi-structured interviews with prospective new-car buyers are conducted using a nonprobability, purposive sampling approach. Analysis of the findings supports the cognitive antecedents within the conceptual framework. Transparency and website intuitiveness are added to the revised conceptual framework. Furthermore, whilst the literature suggests the presence of affective antecedents of trust in all marketing relationships (Swan et al. 1999; Sekhon et al. 2014), the findings contradict this and reveal a lack of evidence for affective antecedents in this context.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:marketing; trust; automotive; e-commerce; cognitive antecedents
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30302
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Feb 2018 12:03
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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