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
Recent changes to state franchise dealer laws to prohibit automobile manufacturers from selling directly to consumers create an unfair monopoly and eliminate consumer choice. A producer of any product or service in America should never be forced to sell to their customers through a third-party. This unconscionable arrangement benefits the dealer directly at the expense of the consumer, who is forced to pay the dealer's marked up price. Customers increasingly prefer to make purchases online using the Internet, instead of visiting a retail location. Customers also despise the high-pressure and deceptive sales techniques employed by some auto dealers. Manufacturers must be allowed to sell their products and services as they choose, unencumbered by dealer cartels. Consumers must be allowed to choose to buy products from manufacturers who sell direct. Anything less is a travesty of justice.