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 #63

Submission Number:
63
Commenter:
Philip Arrington
State:
Utah
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
Regarding "restrictions on manufacturers' ability to engage in direct sales to consumers" 1. What other industries restrict a manufactures's ability to engage in direct sales to consumers? 2. If an industry can't survive because of the creation of a new business model, is it government responsibility to interfere in the evolution of free market forces? 3. What legal grounds do government entities have to restrict a manufacture's ability to directly sell a product? Please allow me to have the opportunity to purchase a vehicle directly from an auto manufacturer. This process will lead to a more transparent purchasing and negotiation experience from initial internet research to finalizing a purchase. If this model were to replace the existing franchise system, it's likely that net retail job availability would remain flat with employees receiving better benefits packages. Direct sales from automotive manufacturers benefit and support the rise of modern high tech american manufacturing. Sincerely, Philip Arrington