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
Hello, as a consumer I'd like to see the current dealership models change to allow direct sales. I personally have not bought a car since 2001, part of the reason for that is this anxiety I have about going into a dealership. The people and service at most local dealers are terrible. Walk into a Tesla 'store' and it is a completely different atmosphere. I believe there was a time when this law was necessary, but this isn't 1940. If Ford is over pricing their Ford Focus, then I can go online and within 3 minutes have a list of offerings from Chevy, Dodge, Honda., Toyota ect. ect, So if ford wants to jack their prices, then we'll buy somewhere else and they are going to go down in flames. If Mcdonalds decides to sell the big mac for $15. then no one buys the big mac..plain and simple. I also think dealers crying 'Monopoly' is a bit hypocritical considering, for example, Herb Chambers here in Boston owns one store of every brand, and mostly in the same area. Isn't that a monopoly? And working in the industry I know people who have personally worked with Herb Chambers, his motto in the service area was "hit 'em hard". I think we need to look at Apple as an example, they have their own stores but also let resellers like Bestbuy sell their products. So let the dealers keep their franchises but also let the manufacturers operate their own stores as long as it does't interfere with a franchise's territory. Or they can sell their franchise back to the respective manufacturer. With internet sales the times are changing for car dealers anyway. The day of old school 'bad suit and tie' dealer who has to 'speak to his manager' when you make an offer, is gone. People are shopping online, choosing cars online. So why is it fair that if I build and price a car on the Chevy website the local Chevy dealer 'must' take delivery of the car and mark it up to sell it to me. Why can't Chevy drop it off at my house, or business minus the mark up? Also if anyone tries to use Tesla as an example for price fixing, it is a bad one.. They make a premium niche car it costs more. As a consumer I don't blame them for selling it at whatever price they sell at..I blame myself for not making more money... Thanks for your time, hopefully changes can be made in these laws and not changes that favor car dealer and their lobbyists.