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
How can it possibly serve the consumer's interests to limit consumer choice? And this is precisely what the states' prohibition on direct sale by manufacturers to the public achieves: limiting options. In addition, the role of the dealer has long been outmoded. Its continuing existence is a result of the vested interest of the dealer community seeking to justify its existence. And the model ends up with an unnecessary middle-man who increases the cost to all consumers.