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
Why should a manufacturer be forced to sell their product thru a 3rd party? This is akin to forcing Apple to sell their products exclusively thru 3rd party versus allowing them to sell their product direct via their Apple stores. Regardless of the jobs car dealers locally provide, antiquated state laws should never be allowed to exist if they do anything to interfere with Interstate commerce. If a manufacturer does not wish to sell via a 3rd party they should not be forced to engage with state-based dealer associations who are looking out for the for their dealer members' interests versus the interests of the consumer. It is ludicrous in this day and age that the States are allowed to interfere with Interstate commerce and effectively create burdens for new entrants in the automotive space.