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I am very happy to see the FTC take this position. The monopoly protection of auto dealerships is about as anti-free market as it gets. How anyone who claims to support a free-market economy can support this setup is beyond me. Direct to consumer sales will cut down on costs to purchase autos as middleman markup is no longer part of the equation. This should drive car prices down making them more affordable and easier to purchase. Dealerships can still exist, but now they will have to compete. Competition is the key factor to a healthy and developing economy. The government's role in the economy should be to ensure that competition always exists.
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