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
The automobile dealer franchise laws are an anomaly in retail. The result today is that auto dealers have become "independent extensions" of auto manufacturers, enjoying unique legal protections within the distribution channels not always to the advantage of consumers, whose wellbeing is the FTC's chartered concern. To this consumer, America's car dealers have taken their privilege and political muscle even further, to an unwarranted ability to block the distribution plans of another manufacturer, only because that manufacturer's products use the same public highways. I do not ask that the FTC rule against the existing auto dealer franchise laws; manufacturer and dealer are "settled" on those laws. I ask that the FTC find the means to prevent dealers, associations, manufacturers, plus states and local governments from blocking new business models by other manufacturers.