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
Consumers should be able to purchase cars directly from manufacturers; we have the ability to purchase everything else directly from a company, why not cars? It is moronic to force someone to go through a third party if they want to buy a product and the product maker is willing to sell it directly. Take for example Apple, I don't buy directly because the price is high but I do buy from re sellers because they offer better deals; the option there still exists to buy directly from Apple and it fosters a competitive market. Dealers who hold this power use it to mark up prices on cars. This causes confusion on the actual value of vehicle because the manufacturer says one thing and a dealer says another. But because a dealer has an advantage on the sale only they know the true value. For this reason I have taken to the internet to buy the last three cars I have owned. This opened my eyes to how unfair pricing was in my region. Since then I have taken my time to inform other and show them a way around such a stupid law. I praise Tesla and Elio for supporting this initiative and not succumbing to the idiocy of using dealers exclusively to sell their cars.