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
I despise buying cars from dealerships for several reasons. They try to sell me extra items I don't need at inflated prices, often called dealer-add ons (door edge protection, paint protection, window tinting, extra rust proofing, etc.) I now buy my cars from the AAA buying service where they try to get a good price for me on a car that I choose from any manufacturer of my choosing. Dealership's repair work is also very shoddy and overpriced. At least two Toyota dealers in my area do not rotate tires when that job is requested when accompanied with other service requests. A friend chalked his tires before bringing the car in for service, the tires were in the original positions, yet the dealer insisted they rotated them. My car tires wore the tread out extremely early and needed changing, indicative of lack of tire rotation. I also don't like the struggle between the salesman/dealership and me fighting over a fixed amount of money. They hold you hostage in the salesroom until you can't take it anymore, cave into their price demands and finally pay the price they want. That is why I switched to buying programs like Costco and AAA. A fairer price with like fighting. Thus, I would not be sad to see the antiquated establishment of "car dealerships" become a thing of the past.