Even with excluding the dreaded Brexit kerfuffle, there is no question that the car industry has been altered by seismic shifts in global values, manufacture and changing customer behaviour. Further, the continuing rise of e-commerce means that there are now many ways to have, if not necessarily own, a nice car.
The End Is In Sight
Traditional High Street car dealerships with their smart, besuited sales staff, their flashy plate-glass showrooms and more frontage than the Kardashians, are being consigned to history in the same way that the big departments stores of old have all but disappeared. Could it be that modern car buyer perceptions, coupled with very sluggish industry conditions and a slump in new car manufacture, may force main dealers to rethink their futures? After all, today’s canny customer is more likely to know which brand and what model they want to buy before they go anywhere near a showroom. Is this the final frontier for the automotive glass palaces?
There Is Another Way
Not so much yet within the UK but certainly elsewhere in the world, dealer groups are looking at other ways to attract customers. They are shifting their focus to online activity or locations such as shopping malls, with the trend expected to intensify as the industry takes a fresh look at dealer methods. The result is multi-brand car sales units in surprising and novel places operating on smaller and different real estate footprints, even to the point of adopting the fashionable ‘pop-up shop’ idea. The old-style car dealerships are high maintenance meaning a lot of motors have to shifted to break even; the new ways are clearly more cost-effective.
Across the globe the public have seen their governments introduce rules and regulations beyond counting on speed and emissions and the like, forcing the industry to turn to alternative power, like electricity and hydrogen. This is all having an effect.
Compact And Bijou
Are we then going to see a future for car dealerships in small boutique-sized areas with car servicing and maintenance dealt with in other locations? This seems likely, so as to meet the expectations of customers in different places and in different ways.
The Way We Buy Cars
Cars are not the aspirational objects of desire they once were. Anyone with an income can have more or less what they want, within reason. We, the motorists of the world, are absorbing all these changes, seeing cars in the light of how we live our lives as a whole and looking at different, easier ways to own one.
We can lease new or used cars. This is now an established route to having a car, but of course, the driver doesn’t own it outright. Similarly it is now possible to join a subscription service and take a car from one to twelve months for an all-in, no hassle monthly fee. In fact this latter method might seem attractive but the cars, in the main, are not brand new and the fees not quite so much a deal as they seem; there is a better way and that is the good old DIY purchase route.
By shopping around it is possible to find cheaper finance, insurance deals and competitive service quotes that can make for good savings overall. The only thing that isn’t negotiable is the Vehicle Excise Duty because the Chancellor of the Exchequer isn’t up for a deal.
By far and the best way is to buy a used car
because when all’s said and done, at the end of the day, you own it outright. As a car owner you are not liable to mileage restrictions or other penalties. There is a wide choice of high quality stock available, where the first flush of depreciation is no longer an issue and, of course, the best part is that there is no need to go to a showroom at all. The whole package can be completed online by, for example, going to our comprehensive website, finding the right car, fully AA inspected
naturally, and even have it delivered to your door. Pride of ownership; that’s what it’s all about.