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
It seems logical to remember that a majority of public survey respondents state that "car salesmen" (sic) are among the least well respected members of society. Additionally, methods used by dealers, viz; "you can buy your new car BELOW our invoice cost" also informs that it is apparently a. aggressive sales techniques and b. profits from the service dept. that have increased the value - and the need to aggressively protect - the independent car dealer. These, however, are poor reasons to deny the developer of an entirely new model for automobile transportation the opportunity to bring his product directly to the consumer, not only because the model is so different from past practices but also because of the nature of the technology, and the inability of existing dealers to rapidly develop the supportive skills required.