The Used Car Dealer, a smarmy and slippery double-talking smooth-timer, will likely suffer another major economic blow in the next ten years and not from auto manufacturers, nor banks, nor emission standards as these beacons of lemons and mobility will take a critical bone-breaking from one of the single greatest threats to our privilege to overpay with a clear conscience, Wal-Mart.
According to the science I just made up, this is not only the logical end but the most economically viable option for a great number of existing Wal-Mart locations as a means to accomplish their two most commonly visible goals: to widen their horizontal scope of consumer goods and tighten their grip on the vertical distribution process, so that they own more of what is being sold and how these are being bought.
Case in point, with the still-rising advent of new makes of cars manufacturers from the near and far east, new automobiles ranging from bare-bones to those with some standard -feeling amenities are coming to bear on the already troubled US auto economy, each vehicle, often afforded a warranty, retailing at or around 2000 to 4000 dollars, and this is the necessary stock, and Wal-Mart needs more than just stock to kill the car roach. At best, the company requires both a strong internet infrastructure, which is ethereal and does not really warrant much attention here beyond a cursory acknowledgment that with typical seo standards since it won't take long for Wal-Mart to climb to the top of organic search engine result pages, and the physical counterpart might seem to be a bigger hurdle were it not for the fact that Wal-mart has already built these blights across our country, and these are the old Wal-mart centers... you know these often desolate hallmarks to the waste that once was have fallen out of vogue in favor of the bulkier husks of Super Wal-Marts, and in doing so, these structures are little more than taken space... I mean those.
A Wal-Mart shopping center is not like many large scale retail centers in that they are not meant to suit future subdivision, and walking through a store, one passes load bearing pillar after load bearing pillar, and these are integral to the building's stability and punitively contrary to simple to moderate renovation costs - these buildings loom over their decaying neighbors whom opened near the old attraction to catch cast-off traffic or the like only to have their tables turned when a Super Wal-Mart opens just across the highway which leaves tne feature of these old Wal-Marts that is easily converted into another business is their enormous parking lots that simply beg to be filled with affordable autos.
As a bonus incentive for the ground-up grinding of the used car salesman, consider the growth of buy-here pay-here finance departments in used auto locations across the country (in-house financing has enabled hundreds of dealerships to supply credit to customers and even help some of these purchasers rebuild their ailing credit ratings) and you may see that Wal-Mart will not build anything compete with that trend, since the company already has a financial body very much an equivalent to a bank in place through which a very common practice of Wal-Mart employees directly depositing their wages back into Wal-Mart itself, so that not only do these employees make skeleton wages on burgeoning shifts that last longer than they are scheduled which means that according to earnings and convenience, Wal-Mart employees are very likely to spend their money at Wal-Mart, and they are also keeping their money in an increasingly empowered corporate holdings company which can easily afford to finance a car purchase to turn an additional profit - a far better cry to any layaway program I can think of right now, and so, yes, we may not trust a used car salesman, but at least they are our used car salesman because they've been hustling us for generations, and they are simply a part of our culture, for better or worse, for now.