The Future of Motor Dealerships

Future of Motor Dealerships


When looking at the current economic climate, the technological advancements in the past ten years, and the addition of the millennials to our world, we cannot but ask ourselves what will become of so many things we have accepted as the norm.

One such thing is the motor dealership. After discussions with a couple of people in the motor industry, it is clear that people do not have money to buy new cars and there is a tendency to drive your car for longer as a result of the advancements in technology, it is no longer a problem to drive a car way beyond the 100 000km mark and still be able to get a high resale value for it.

To add to the mix, Uber started in South Africa in 2013 and today has twelve thousand (12 000) active Uber drivers and almost one million (1000 000) active riders and the number continues to grow. This indicates that more people are opting to be driven around rather than drive around themselves and as a result, the mindset of having two vehicles per family is rapidly changing and families are starting to only have a single-vehicle and in some instances no car at all. Another game-changer will be the autonomous car which undoubtedly is going to change the way people think about commuting and will both directly and indirectly influence the future of dealerships and the way dealerships are designed and perceived.


Driven By Uber



When looking at the future of the design of Motor Dealerships in South Africa, one needs to go beyond what meets the eye and understand what is happening in the world around you. What is the future of oil, and how long will this resource still be around? We have a responsibility to our environment and the materials we use. If this is not a big enough challenge on its own, we need to also look at what makes people tick and differentiate them by their Generational group. (Generation X and the Millennials).

For those of you who have had dealings with these two generations (I am pretty sure there are very few that haven't), you will fully understand the difference in needs and expectations between the two.

On one side, Generation X wants to see, feel, smell and touch the new car they are about to spend their life savings on.  Generation X is in search of meaning, while on the other side, the Millennials have grown up in an electronics-filled and increasingly online and socially networked world. Millennials are buying their new car over the internet! They want to publish it on social media so that their friends can share in the excitement of their new acquisition and can't wait for it to be delivered to their doorstep. Unlike Generation X, Millennials are confident, ambitious, and achievement oriented.


 Dilbert GenX vs. Millenials

Dilbert by Scott Adams via


In my opinion, the future of motor dealership design in South Africa lies in creating a product that addresses all the above needs in one facility. It is possible that a futuristic dealership will only have a single vehicle on display, you will put on a virtual reality headset to test drive your dream car and can change the materials, finishes and options to suit your requirements. If you prefer to physical experience, the salesperson will gladly assist in creating your very own "Look and Feel" board.

Once you are happy with your choice and the relevant documents have been digitally signed, the car will be delivered to your doorstep, or if you prefer, you can pop down to your local mall and pick your "baby" up at one of the satellite branches near you.


Future Dealerships


So, where to from here? If you are in the process of planning a new dealership or thinking of changing your current dealership then talk to us about what will make the future a reality now. Planning your dealership so that all the future needs have been thought about and you are not having redo areas to accommodate the changes in the future.


Contact Archiway 083 417 6262 or to discuss your future dealership.



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