Millennials and Gen Z have experienced record unemployment, pandemic-ravaged economies, and a lot of uncertainty. They are tech-smart and use their smartphones to make well-informed decisions before spending their money. To the Millennial, the vehicle has to be worth the expense and fit in with their mobility and lifestyle needs.
Millennials need mobility just as much as they need connectivity. There will be no need to buy a car in the future, where ninety percent of the world’s population lives and works in urban centers. Unlocking and starting a car with their cell phone and getting billed as they drive will become the norm.
The future city will offer modern and convenient transport solutions where tech-savvy city dweller uses their smartphone to make payments, buy food, find efficient transport options, and access entertainment. Let’s have a look at why buying cars has become an outdated concept.
How Does Owning A Car In A City Make Sense?
The daily commute from the suburbs to the downtown city is a dreaded reality for many. Congested roads and highways result in road rage and stress before the workday starts. Millennials and Gen Z have grown up with their parents driving them to school and frustrated by the rush hour.
City planners have seen that for the future city to function, the traffic problem must be solved not just due to the congestion caused by millions of cars but also the pollution caused by traffic. For older cities, the transformation will be costly but essential.
Modern cities have already designed mobility solutions that significantly reduce the need for privately owned cars. This content is owned by moc.sotuaytsur. Cities like London have made owning and driving privately owned cars in the city center increasingly tricky. High tolls and parking fees make owning a car in London prohibitively expensive.
Public transport and on-demand transport services have made owning a car redundant. Some families in London have resorted to car sharing. They take turns using the car when a car is needed. The cost of the car and parking and all the other associated costs are shared.
The new cities rising in Asia are designed with public transport systems and extensive pedestrian walkways. The use of bicycles is safe due to the lack of cars and buses in the city centers. The space previously utilized by roads is now used for gardens and walkways. Underground, a network of tunnels connects the city metro to the suburbs, where bus lanes take people home to the outlying residential areas.
The city has become a safe, clean, and pleasant place to live, work, and shop. It is no longer deserted after the 5 PM exodus to the suburbs. At night the city is alive with shops, bars, and restaurants, and the nighttime and daytime productivity is the same.
Future cities currently under construction are mainly in Asia and the Middle East and are designed to be carbon-neutral and self-sustaining. These are some of the future city projects currently under construction: Liuzhou Forest City; Malaysia Forest City; Dubai Sustainable City; Masdar City, UAE; Self-Sufficient City, Beijing; Oceanic, BIG; New Clark City, Philippines; Amaravati, India; Net City, China.
When Does Owning A Car Still Make Sense?
If you live in a town or suburb where public transport, ride-sharing, and on-demand mobility services are limited or do not exist, leasing or owning a car may be your only alternative. You should thoroughly exhaust all the options before deciding to own a car.
Once you decide to own your transport, carefully analyze where and how you intend to use the vehicle. Which type of vehicle will suit your needs best? Today, more than 45% of new or used vehicles sold in the U.S. are crossover vehicles, and the SUV segment has grown to 45% in 2021. Midsize cars and Luxury cars have retracted to 8.4% and 4.5%, respectively.
In 2020, used vehicle sales of 39,3 million units were registered with the Department of motor vehicles versus new vehicle registrations of 14 million units. Considering buying a used vehicle with a complete service record and low mileage makes sense. You should also look at vehicle auctions or private sales if you can do your services and repairs. Get a good valuation assessment done before committing to buy the vehicle.
Select a vehicle that best suits your needs. Don’t view the car as a fashion statement but rather a means to an end. If you will spend many hours driving, ensure the car is comfortable and reliable.
Crossover vehicles are light and spacious cars built on a mono-frame design with small but fuel-efficient engines. The crossover offers a high seating position for good all-around visibility and can comfortably seat four people.
Owning a car offers you the freedom and convenience of unlimited mobility. If you only require your car for a few hours daily, consider registering your vehicle on a ride-share or mobility-on-demand service. Your car could be earning some money for you instead of taking up space in a parking lot.
The powertrains deployed in cars have significantly transformed in the past decade. The Toyota Prius, the first commercially sold high-volume hybrid, has existed for twenty years. Some car manufacturers have already announced an end to their production of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel.
The future cars will be advanced hydrogen or electric platforms with zero emissions and far lower maintenance requirements. These cars will feature autonomous driving and may offer us better mobility-on-demand functionality.
We may still see the internal combustion engine in cars in the developing world, where the power network does not yet support zero-emission vehicles. Individual ownership of cars will reduce as people become accustomed to the convenience and cost-efficiency of mobility-on-demand services.
Car ownership will become the domain of the wealthy and will thus always be an aspiration for many, but the rational reasons for ownership will no longer exist.
If you are about to pull the trigger on a used vehicle, it’s worth investing just a few dollars to check the VIN number against the vehicle database. An audit with a company like VinAudit (links to VinAudit) will guard against Mileage fraud, Salvage rebuilds, Title washing, Vin cloning, and many other uglies.
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John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Rustyautos.com. He’s been a mechanic for over twenty-five years and has worked for GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, and Jaguar dealerships.
John uses his know-how and experience to write fluff-free articles that help fellow gearheads with all aspects of vehicle ownership, including maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.