A long time ago, when dealers were called horse traders because that's what they actually were, many were convinced that horseless carriages were going to put them out of business.
And they did, I suppose. But not really, because someone then had to sell the horseless carriages.
Mike Jackson is right. Car dealers are not going to go away. We all know that the world is changing and changing rapidly but the retail business will be around in some form for another century.
I had lunch the other day with a retail landlord and I asked him the same question we are all asking each other: How will retail stores survive?
He said his tenants would have to change, but that they will be around for decades to come. Maybe they can't run their businesses exactly the way they'd like to, but they will survive if they remain very aware of what their customers expect.
Cars are going to change but someone is going to have to sell them, service them and take in old models in trade on new ones, whatever the new ones might be.
Auto manufacturers still have the idea that all they have to do is create a product and the public will come running, whatever it might be. But as our vehicles change, the factories may discover that they are creating some products that few if any people want. It will be fascinating to see what happens when all the electric cars being promised are offered to a public that up to now hasn't shown much enthusiasm for them.
The same may be true with autonomous vehicles. Whether the public is interested in them and at what price is still unknown.
But whatever happens we will still need a retail network to sell and service our cars, even flying cars.
Stay very flexible and listen to your customers. They will decide the future. They will need you and your services in a different way than today, but they will be around and so will you.