Outside the United States
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
I don't harbor the slightest sympathy for monopolies of any kind. The dealership associations are monopolies that are solely interested in protecting their own interests at the expense of their potential customers and of the environment. Additionally,they are employing various states' law-making bodies to ensure and fortify their position in an illegal manner. There are actually no true reasons why a customer/consumer should not be able to decide on his own free will to accept the service of a company either directly or be forced/coerced by law to act on behalf of a dealership; this philosophy is applicable to any product irregardless if the "bone of contention" be a matchbox or a sophisticated automobile. In my personal opinion, any state government succumbing to the influence (bribery, extortion etc.) of any lobbying instance (to achieve a possible advantage), is just as corrupt as those illegally exerting their influence and economical power.