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
The states' direct sales of automobiles to consumers is clearly unconstitutional as a restriction of interstate commerce. I have purchased many cars and trucks over the last thirty-five years, most of them from auto dealers. I would estimate that 80% of the time, the dealers have used unethical techniques to cajole me into paying more for a vehicle that I was prepared to pay. As recently as this past year, I was told by auto dealer staff that the prices for new vehicles found on popular websites such as Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds and wrong and the actual price of the car is much higher. This is an obvious lie, but unfortunately that's what we, as consumers, expect from car dealers. I fully support the efforts of Tesla and others to bypass franchised dealers and sell their products direct to buyers, and I encourage you to stop unnecessary regulation of Tesla and others by the states.