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
1. Dealers are an unncessary middleman that increases the cost of cars for consumers. The additional overhead of dealer markup is passed on to the consumer. Car manufacturers should be allowed to sell direct to the consumer and keep prices competitive. 2. The dealership experience is very discouraging. The constant haggling on price is a big negative aspect. Prices should be the same for everyone who buys the same product. 3. If the dealers claim to provide a benefit to the consumers, let them continue to exist with giving car manufacturers the option to sell direct or through car dealers. If the consumers continue to buy from dealerships due to the aforementioned benefit, then the dealers can continue to operate and be profitable.