I fixed a BMW dealership a few years ago. I found that 75% of the total dealership profit came from the service department, and only 25% from sales.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Sat May 04, 2019 11:15 amDoubtless the acceptance of liability will come with a long list of "you must service it this way" type requirements. Usual get-out clauses for any bit of kit, to be honest.Zynerji wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 10:57 pmWe will see when its on the market.
Just getting 3-4 lawsuits a year could wipe out enough profit to sink a manufacturer if they take 100% responsibility for the operation of a machine that they no longer own, and have no compulsion to force dealership maintenance/calibration on any type of schedule.
I could see the vehicles having self-check systems that just refuse to start the vehicle if it's not maintained correctly, and which fail safe to park at the side of the road if an error occurs.
That is your right, of course. Others will do likewise but in the other direction. It'll balance out.I will personally base my stock purchases of auto manufacturers purely from their stance on this topic.
Taking this responsibility under contract of dealer- only servicing might be the most financially beneficial for manufacturers going forward.
Time will tell.