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
The restriction on direct automobile sales must end; this is total nonsense, and has only promoted a culture in which the consumer gets taken advantage of for lack of other options. I haven't bought a new car in 12 years because I hate the dealership experience so much; if they were actually forced to compete with modern technology (like the rest of the world), then maybe they could start treating people right and sell cars in a way that doesn't make people feel cheated. I get that dealerships need to make substantial investments in order to properly serve the community, but why should they get special treatment as compared to all the other types of local businesses that have to make similar investments? Also, I have a hard time believing that the Larry H. Miller Group (and other similar enterprises) needs special protections when they have 4 Ford GT40's in their museum collection, along with a ton of other super expensive cars, and who knows what else in their own private garages; seriously, they own a ton of stuff, so a little competition isn't going to hurt them one bit. I love doing business with local entities that treat me right and respect me as a person, but someone that just sees me as a funding source for their massive empire, no thanks. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that maybe the current dealership structure will finally get their stuff together and stop taking advantage of customers if they have some real competition; until then, I'm going to continue to drive my old Subaru because the whole dealership experience is just awful and needs some change.