Current auto retail models might be fading away as dealers need to begin to adopt the new solutions within smart mobility that'll help consumers save money and time.
While dealers have witnessed a shift in the way people buy cars already, the focus is quickly becoming about how people use cars and the way they access them. There has already been a surge in personal leasing, but will privately owned cars even play a part in future mobility?
Ben Lawson, Vice-President of Strategy and Mobility for the UK and Ireland at Enterprise Holdings, said: “We continue to see increases and improvements in shared asset and shared transport options for consumers. New technologies have enhanced the transparency and accessibility of services and, no doubt, further advances will be made.
“Our relationship with the private car has been a devoted one for a very long time and for a host of very good reasons. Convenience, comfort, 24/7 accessibility and the freedom to travel anywhere at any time are all significant factors.”
However, Lawson points out that this relationship is at the heart of many of the issues that Government and local authority policies on air quality and congestion are trying to improve.
Matt Dale, head of mobility at ALD Automotive, believes car usage will decline, but the change won’t be sudden so current dealer networks will be able to evolve as necessary.
“The move to people living in cities and thus, closer to work should lead to a natural reduction in our reliance on the car for commuting. Added to this is the growing pressure on employers to promote healthy travel, car-sharing to work and the reduction in car parking spaces."
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