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
Dealer protectionism hurts the consumer and the automotive industry in general. Specifically, no-maintenance vehicles of any type - specifically an electric vehicle - are the opposite sales model of a dealership. The automotive dealership model in the United States discourages any vehicle that doesn't represent significant maintenance income for them. This stifles competition and true progress. Only incremental improvements are made to automobiles with the forced dealership model; direct sales reduces cost by eliminating substantial dealer network costs and markups. I support the elimination of forced dealerships for automobile sales, it adds nothing to innovative products and prevents an all-American automobile company like Tesla from freely offering consumers a choice.