IS the Arthur Daley dodgy car salesman officially a thing of the past?
Well according to Skoda, he’s certainly on the way out.
That’s because they have created a live Skoda showroom and can be guided around the latest models without even leaving your front room.
A purpose built studio has been kitted out with hi-tech static cameras as well as handheld devices to give you the full experience.
A salesman can walk and talk you around the exterior via the wall-mounted cameras before moving inside to show you close ups of the upholstery, boot space, comfy seats or latest infotainment system.
Live video streaming is currently available for the Skoda Kodiaq SUV and new Octavia, allowing potential buyers to ask questions and enter any personal details via a text chat.
The system is easily accessed by a button on the product homepage where customers can request an immediate callback or book a live salesman slot.
Virtual appointments can be made via laptops, smartphones or tablets and experts can help you build the car on the online configurator, too, before requesting the dreaded finance quotes.
If you do want to visit a dealer for a test drive and then to confirm the purchase, this can be booked in from the studio, too.
Jonathan Harris, Skoda new retail concepts manager, said: “Customers are seeking convenience and excellent service when looking to make a car purchase.
“This is an important step for the brand and the future of automotive retail and how we interact with customers.”
One mere mention of a “one lady owner” or “sweet as a nut” and one click of the smartphone and the pushy salesman is history.
Now that’s technology at its finest!