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
Laws prohibiting direct automobile manufacturer sales are antiquated, protectionist, and may soon severely restrict consumer options. Such laws, instead, are nothing short of "crony capitalism" and are anti-competitive. Automobile dealers worried about competition from the manufacturer(s) they represent should obtain franchise agreements where the manufacturer agrees not to compete directly with the dealer. Manufacturers that wish to instead sell direct to consumers should not be restricted by the government. Dealers who fear competition from other manufacturers selling directly to consumers should not be given refuge in laws designed to shield them from such competition. Consumers should be free to purchase the products they want, and those consumers who find benefit in purchasing through a dealer may continue to do so. The existing dealer franchise laws are anti-competitive, anti-free market, and anti-American. Thank you.