AAH #559 – What Will Win Out: Traditional Franchised Dealers, or Direct-to-Consumer Sales?

June 3rd, 2021 at 4:45pm

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TOPICS:
03:09 – Traditional Franchised Dealers, or Direct-to-Consumer Sales?
45:50 – Will hydrogen matter or be a local solution?
55:15 – Why do people like Hyundai and Kia so much?
57:35 – Is the auto industry sufficiently knowledgeable when it comes to tech?

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Auto Writer; Gary Vasilash, on Automotive; John McElroy, Autoline.tv

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2 Comments to “AAH #559 – What Will Win Out: Traditional Franchised Dealers, or Direct-to-Consumer Sales?”

  1. Martin Grubner Says:

    Given the large amount of new car information channels and new car model reviews on line and with many car magazine now delivering detailed reviews on new cars on line as well, I am not convinced that the test drive for a new vehicle is necessary and that dealer is required for that.

    I do however, see a need for vehicle service and warranty/recall work to be done by dealer or some other factory authorized entity if dealers go away.

    The Carvana like sales of new car models from factory with service and repair included I would think would be the future “gold standard” for car sales.

    BTW- I would love to see Amazon purchase Carvana and get into the simple keyboard cloud base sales of new cars with the warranty/service and repair added. In my view the large Penske style mega dealers will go away if Amazon moves into auto retail game with free shipping to our driveways.

  2. Doug Watson Says:

    I would not perform a significant purchase of a house or a vehicle without a personal, physical evaluation. There is no digital replacement for “butts in seats.” This portion of the purchasing cycle needs more discussion. How can the test drive be enhanced?