Professor dropped by and explained the mechanics of car buying in the age of the internet to us apes since cars and internet are most resistant to each other unlike insurance products and most other things. .
Most of those car price comparison sites are useless unless you know what you specifically want* so it still entailed a visit to a dealer or group for the average non Jeremy Clarkson human of which professor is.
Renaults are hard to buy and professor has been told by Renault dealerships no they don`t have any of the car models (no sale) and once ordering a car only to discover that the dealer screwed up the order (another no sale) later on.
However he took another attempt and was told that one he could buy (not order) one but it was not in stock but could obtain it but was unaware as to where it was..This virtual car sold to professor while it assumedly exists is not moving from where it is to the dealer who apparently sold this car.
So networking has some benefits for the dealer., or perhaps not if Renault are anything to go by. – mind you he could buy another brand if this virtual car and the secrets of renaults wonderful network remain elusive.
Overall there is some internet but the car industry seems quite internet resistant still. However it still took a month for a renault garage to sell a pre registered car.
Quite how something that exists but may or may not be sold and kept a secret** is amusing. The car eventually arrived a month later, (my blog) it seems you cannot download a car yet
*banana coloured cars with compost bins for the skins **not telling