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 #202

Submission Number:
202
Commenter:
David Lewis
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
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
Hi, Buying a car from a dealership is one of the worst experience there is. You know that the marked price is not the price they are willing to sale the car for. Trying to get a "good deal" is like pulling teeth. That mark up from the manufacturer to the dealer is mostly profit. The whole argument that this also provides services after the sale should be kept separate because either the manufacturer or myself will have to pay for those services. So the only advantage I see of paying a mark up is inventory. As for jobs being lost, if Tesla and Elio are allowed to direct market there product it would not be many jobs since these two companies projected out would make up less than 1% of sales by 2020. A direct to consumer model makes more sense in today's market place, especially for electric vehicles. They do not need the extra services that the dealers offer such as oil changes, transmission fluid changes, radiator flushes, etc. Those looking at buying one of these vehicles do not need to "have it today" and can wait the month for what I want to be delivered. In the end I would rather not pay an additional 15-20% of a vehicles price for the convenience of driving it off the lot. David Lewis