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
Hello, and thank you for accepting my comments. I am writing today regarding the direct-to-consumer sales models of some new automakers, from the perspective of a consumer. I am a 22 year old Network Engineer and an avid fan of Tesla Motors. I believe that most average individuals today do not enjoy the experience of shopping for a vehicle at a dealership, and often feel pressured whilst shopping there. Dealerships lend themselves to monopolistic behaviors, and I believe that Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales approach is much better for the consumer. A dealership appears to me and most other everyday shoppers to be an unnecessary middle-man, more interested in their own commissions than in what would be best for the consumer. Dealerships have also in more recent times displayed an aversion to selling all-electric vehicles since the dealership cannot make lucrative future revenue off of oil changes and other newly-obsolete maintenance requirements. Because of this, dealerships frequently steer consumers away from electric vehicles-they meddle with the free market demand that would otherwise exist from consumers. In short, I believe dealerships are unnecessary. No other product that I have ever purchased has the same requirement to be sold to consumers in a dealership, and it seems unnecessary to me for cars to be sold there either. Indeed, everyone I know would prefer not to have to deal with a dealership. The Tesla stores now found in many states have a much more relaxed, customer-focused atmosphere, and are better than shopping at a dealership. I hope you consider my comments; thank you very much!