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
Absolutely absurd in this modern day that car dealers have managed a monopoly on selling cars to be able to stifle competition and consumer choice by preventing Tesla from selling direct to consumers. It's blatantly anti-competitive. If Tesla had a dealer network, their argument for protecting themselves from the unfair advantage the manufacturers could employ (keeping best models for their inventory, pricing lower, etc.) kind of makes sense, but this protection is not in place for any other manufacturers that choose to get into the retail sector like Apple did. Apple needed better representation than existing dealers could offer so they got into retail. It's been an enormous boon for the company. Tesla needs the exact same ability since car dealers are not as good as the manufacturer at representing and selling their product. Furthermore, car dealers would be inherently unmotivated to sell Tesla's because they make far less on service. I bought a Tesla in 2013 and just took it in for my first, elective service in 2016 (2.5 years after I bought car). They require far less maintenance than traditional vehicles so the dealer can't make back-end money on service. The deck is so deeply and unfairly stacked against Tesla it's a joke. Any consumer can see that, but the power hungry, protectionist car dealers of America see and know it's a potential threat and use their collective wealth and deep connections to lobby against Tesla's right to sell their product all over the country. It's a blatant abuse of government and utterly ridiculous. Government is supposed to protect us from this sort of monopolistic regimes, not support it, but that's exactly what's going on because this politician or that doesn't want to lose the social and financial support of this big car dealers. They're paying the 900lbs. government gorilla to keep their little world safe from competition. While I can't blame them, it disgusts me government is catering to it. Please step in to fix this enormous, anti-competitive injustice.