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
As a educated member of a market economy, I respectfully ask that you help us down a path toward greater free market competition in the auto markets. Anyone in any state should be allowed to purchase an auto/truck/motorcycle directly from manufacturer. I feel that direct purchasing would aid competition, lower prices, give consumers more options, and reduce bloat and waste in an old system that is setup and maintained to protect auto dealerships. For example my last purchase was a nightmare. I knew what car I wanted, the model, the color, and the price I should expect to pay. Dealerships in my area were artificially low on stock. I say this because by calling dealers 100 or greater away I found that they had many of the car I wanted in stock. To make a long story short I had to wait an extended time for them to have the car I wanted in stock, and pay above sticker price, because the car was "in demand". If I was not a busy parent with a young family, I would have taken a road trip and bought my car from our near by state. As it turns out I instead was mired in a old system, that is stacked against me. In the end wasting my time and money, with no benefit but to the few individuals that own my local dealerships. Mind you all the dealerships in my area are owned a handful of individuals. The currently stiff regulations in most states seem setup to work against the consumer, please help us change this model by loosening the regulations that make it impossible for disruptive technologies to come in and better our market, our buying experience, and our choices.