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
It is about time we do away with current protectionist and unfair laws regarding sales of motor vehicles. The great majority of people dread walking into a dealership because they know they will be lied to about product, prices and services. This horrible experience starts before the sale of a vehicle, peaks during the transaction and continues for as long as the customer takes the vehicle back to the dealership for services. Speaking from personal experience, I have chosen not to buy a preferred brand or model vehicle because it would have meant transacting with a dealership. I have resorted to buying used cars where there are more product outlets aside from dealers. Direct sales of vehicles will benefit consumers and manufacturers alike. For the consumer, price will be lowered as the layer of middleman dealerships is removed. Consumers will enjoy product quality backed directly by the manufacturer rather than a dealership that serves only their own interest. Manufacturers will have full control over their product placement, allocation and sale. New sales tools will become available where a consumer can order directly off the manufacturers website and have the vehicle delivered to their choosing. With the increased economies of scale that is created when it is the manufacturer competing directly, product pricing will undoubtedly be lowered.