FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202 #33

Submission Number:
33
Commenter:
Lundquist
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining the U.S. Auto Distribution System Workshop Will Explore Competition, State Regulations, and Emerging Trends in the Industry, Project No. P131202
If automotive manufacturing companies are going to engage in direct sales with their customers, then any operating franchise dealers should be given the ability to sell the same products at a significant discount in order to remain competitive. A different method would be to allow for direct sales of the vehicle from the manufacturer for a set period of time, and then begin distribution to various dealerships to increase availability and lower the cost to the consumer. (again assuming a significant discount for the franchise dealers in order to remain competitive)