Ah, yes, the wonderful experience of buying a car, it's something between a crushed glass enema, and a razorblade oral rinse . . .
. . . in the grand scheme of annoyingly painful endeavors.
"Go into a car dealership and it is an elaborate system of time wasting and confrontation. The car salesman immediately starts asking questions and trying to lead you to a car you are inclined to buy. He’s there to sell cars so he works to narrow your focus quickly, often making assumptions about people based on their age, sex, race and appearance. Car dealerships are the ultimate in profiling."
Oh, gee, how could we ever replace a system like that? And with what?
"Today, people prefer doing business with robots. Retail is dying all over the country as people would rather shop through their PC. I just bought a new bed frame through Amazon. It will be delivered next week. Rather than spend all weekend at furniture stores, I went on-line, relying on the reviews of strangers. The transaction required an hour or so of my time and I did not have to haggle with another human."
Or more likely we will just all realize that not owning the car, but either owning car "time" or leasing car "time" or renting use of the car are better options. This is pretty clunky now, ZipCar and a few other companies do it, and car rental companies have been doing it for years. But it is only ready for special occasions.
The self drive car is likely to crush all these models, and nearly instantaneously. I can hardly wait.