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Who needs dealers to sell cars? Buy them direct on the Web...... Dealers are a bit old school don t you think?
 

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They still come from a dealer even if you buy them on the web....your web trader has to get them from somewhere and its not directly from the importer. I used to supply a couple of online "dealers" with cars when I sold VW Audi. They used to get them at cost (id keep the bonus)...as long as they bought enough cars. They had next to no overheads so were happy just taking a few hundred out of the deal....hence the price they could offer. I would not however do it on sought after cars....just stuff I was struggling to sell!
You will still need a dealer for servicing/warranty.
 

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The infrastructure is probably one reason Dyson gave up on his electric car. All of the support required such as servicing , warranty loan cars etc and sales/lease practices are all likely to be quite complex to build up from nothing compared to shifting boxes with vacuum cleaners in them. That and wanting to be above the Tesla X in price.
 

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And going by the way his vacuum cleaners fall apart he didnt have the confidence to build a car.
 

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They still come from a dealer even if you buy them on the web....your web trader has to get them from somewhere and its not directly from the importer. I used to supply a couple of online "dealers" with cars when I sold VW Audi. They used to get them at cost (id keep the bonus)...as long as they bought enough cars. They had next to no overheads so were happy just taking a few hundred out of the deal....hence the price they could offer. I would not however do it on sought after cars....just stuff I was struggling to sell!
You will still need a dealer for servicing/warranty.
This is interesting in a thread about another dealer has gone. Have we gained anything from being able to buy cheap cheap cheap? No retailer can survive selling making buttons in profit. With servicing period extended, reliability improved, how can a dealer survive? Should we be surprised so many have gone?

Go on say it, how does VW, Audi, BWM and Merc manage it? Just on the volume of cars, all with diddly squat margin?
 

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Carwow etc have haggled the “fat” out of the business that’s required to keep it going. Retail sales are not 100% of the market and the few years isn’t going to get any better as car companies get petrol and diesel cars back from leases and PCP deals. They will possibly be in negative equity..
 

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Unfortunately the power of the Web is revolutionising the way we do things. The result is that traditional companies and industries are being squeezed out. And this is just the beginning.......
 

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Unfortunately the power of the Web is revolutionising the way we do things. The result is that traditional companies and industries are being squeezed out. And this is just the beginning.......
But the impact is what we are seeing here, you can buy the product but cant get it serviced, is that progress?
 

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Electric cars theoretically need less maintenance but the electronics ,which give issues more nowadays , are even more complex.
 

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But the impact is what we are seeing here, you can buy the product but cant get it serviced, is that progress?
Logic makes it progress. It is what the majority want otherwise it would not be happening. It is everywhere. No one wants service, they want cheap. Except coffee which they want lots of and at top prices. Wtf?
 

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That’s why car manufacturers have become Mobility Providers!
You just pay when you use the car.
They tried “providing” BMWs to Uber drivers in the US. They miscalculated the insurance needs for shared use of cars designed for a main user/owner and they’ve just cancelled the scheme. It was probably because they could reduce the supply of used BMW cars and keep up residuals.
 
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