History of car dealers

Back in the days when the automobile industry had just picked up popularity and cars were slowly making a room into urban city life, car dealers acted as direct marketers, advertisers and sellers. These car dealers, however, were the auto makers themselves. No middle person took the car from the manufacturer to the buyers. The makers did it all themselves. The earliest known cars were sold to the elite class by auto makers through a different variety of channels that included but were not limited to mail order, pop up advertising, departmental stores, sales representatives and by word of mouth.

William E. Metzger established the first ever car dealership in the year 1898 in the United States to streamline the process of selling cars. However, over the next couple of decades, various franchise laws were passed to limit the direct sales of automobiles by the auto makers directly to the customers. Instead, a system was put in an order wherein new cars could only be bought or sold through bonded, licensed and independently owned dealerships.

The car dealers in today’s time thus work with dealerships that are franchised according to the local laws. They usually sell and service various vehicles types and makes depending on the company or manufacturer they choose to represent.

Car dealers thus run their business on open, industry-centric properties with open spaces. The space is used to establish various structures and buildings like a showroom, test track, mechanical service, computer calibration center, body repair works, and storage.

Mostly these dealerships are located in the heart of the industrial part of the town, or on the edge of townships and town centers. A good example of a modern car dealership is the Collier Motors, which is a traditional single proprietorship car dealership. Other modern dealerships can be part of corporate-owned car dealership chains and have over 500 franchises.

Car dealers make most of their profit in the US through car servicing and maintenance services. Other sources of income include selling or scrapping old, used cars and selling new cars. Painting, denting work and car software work is another aspect of revenue generation.



Various functions of car dealers

Like retailers in a market place, car dealers also are retailers who are involved in the business of selling cars. The main difference of a car dealer’s job from that of regular retailer job is that a car dealer does not only sell cars but also provides additional services like repair and denting, selling scrap, purchasing used cars, fixing car parts, towing and repair services, engine checks, and parts replacement, etc.

The other services offered by car dealers are a significant part of the car dealership industry. Often, car dealers take up specializations in terms of the brands they offer, the kind of parts they repair or even the exact models of cars they sell and repair. These additional services are also a high source of revenue for them.

Alternatively, some car dealers may deal only with used cars, while others may deal only with new cars. Some car dealers also act as brokers between the exchange, sale, and purchase of new, old or second-hand cars. For versatility, most car dealers deal with cars of more than one manufacturing company, although they may offer specialized services for a certain brand or car type. Some dealers also deal with antique, hard to find car models and cater to a specific market.

Talking about the car market and industry in general, some car companies have a large number of shares in the total sales of cars in the overall market. Such companies, which hold a greater percentage of market shares, are more lucrative for car dealers. This is because car dealers can make a lot more money by dealing with cars that are popular in the market.

Apart from buying, selling, and repairing these cars, car dealers also act as a source of direct advertisers for these cars. To attract more customers and maintain the market competition, these car dealers popularize the car in the local market by offering attractive discounts and deals. In this way, car dealers become a part of the industry dynamics and can significantly influence the sales and popularity of a certain brand or car type.


Consumer Electronics

Apple tablets to buy in 2017

The market for tablets has faced a declining trend around the world in the past. But in the future the demand is expected to increase; the tablets trend is anticipated to go up in the coming years. Apple, the leader of the tablet sales in the world, is projected to increase sales in the U.S. marketplace. It is anticipated that American tablet users will exceed 180 million in 2019.If you are planning to buy a tablet this year, here is a list of best tablets you should select from.

New iPad: The tablet weighs 469g; its dimensions are 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm. With iOS 10 with screen size 9.7- inch. It gives a resolution of 1536×2048 pixels. It has A9 CPU and 2 GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 32GB and 128GB. It has a battery of approx 8,800 mAh. Its rear camera is 8 MP and front is 1.2 MP. However, it doesn’t have a microSD slot. A fascinating thing of all, it is cheaper than its predecessor that was the iPad Air 2. It is almost like its previous version regarding functions except for its additional power.

iPad Pro 10.5: It is the best Pro launched by Apple in tablets weighing at just 469 g with a dimension of 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm. It is an iOS 10 with 10.5-inch of screen size boasting a resolution of 1668 x 2224 pixels with a CPU which is A 10X and 4 GB of RAM. Storage capacity varies from 32 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB. Its rear camera is 14 MP, while its front camera is 7 MP. It too doesn’t have a microSD slot. Its speakers offer amazing sound quality. Though priced high, the Pro can let you use any app and is it fun to use with its new Smart keyboard. If you want a real tablet experience, iPad Pro 10.5 is what you should invest on.

There are other iPads you can buy for a decent amount. Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad mini four will never leave disappointed.