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
When this controversy is boiled down to its basic details it is my conclusion that the independent automobile dealer association has overstepped their fiduciary duty to their customers by lobbying lawmakers as a particular interest group allegedly for the benefit of their customers. At one time very early on at the inception of mass production of personal transportation the customer was provided a protected service by the independent dealer association but as the industry matured the independent automotive dealers managed to cement a relationship with the manufacturers that is presently outdated and not in the customers best interest. Anybody with the means and an internet connection can buy a Tesla despite protected State dealer association laws. There is no valid reason for State laws prohibiting the physical sale of the same vehicle within the respective State.