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
I would like to provide my support for Tesla's Direct Selling model versus selling through a third party franchise model. As an independent woman, I have suffered negatively from the third party franchise dealership model. Women are more frequently talked down to, up charged, and lied to when it comes to purchasing their cars. As an EV owner, I also find that third Party Franchises have an invested interest in giving out misinformation about EV cars. Ev cars are less likely to need repairs, services, and warranty replacements. That's a dealerships bread and butter. Why would they push those cars instead of a high matinee vehicle? I see no reason not to allow Tesla to operate as it stands. Tesla has never operated with a third party, so no jobs are being lost. Instead, jobs are being created at their store locations. The consumer wins because the price is set and will not change based on the sex of the consumer. Tesla can also compete fairly by giving truthful information about their product while not relying on third parties that rely heavily on warranty repairs to turn a profit. Allow Tesla to compete on a fair market.