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
It's quite apparent that the auto dealers are protecting their dealership model from anyone who threatens it. They care nothing about the rights of the consumer and take financial advantage of the consumer at the point of sale and maintenance. Fair trade promotes innovation which is what makes this country strong. I can't think of any other product I purchase that requires a dealership to get it. I purchased a Tesla online in 2012 and have one of the first 2200 built. This was prior to the law change here in Michigan. The purchasing experience was incredible. Delivery was made directly to my home. Minor maintenance was performed in my garage and any major service that was required, Tesla would pickup my car, leave me a loaner, service it and bring it back to me. I have 87,000 miles on mine now and it is by far the best car I've ever owned and driven. Now that the law has changed Tesla is not allowed to work on my car in my garage in Michigan. Once my 100,000 mile warranty runs out I will incur expensive transportation charges to take the car out of state for service. Tesla planned on opening a service center in Detroit until the law change prohibited it. This law is hurting all consumers from having access to this superior business model and the overall low cost of ownership of Tesla cars. Current auto manufactures and auto dealerships do not want to give up there profits selling an inferior products that breaks down, is expensive to maintain its 1950 moving parts, is only 25% efficient burning it's fuel while polluting the environment. Consumers deserve full access to see Teslas products, test drive them and buy them as they see fit without auto dealers paying off politicians to change laws banning a superior product. I have not and do not work for Tesla and I don't hold any Tesla stock. I hate seeing a USA built product, built by truely innovative company being bullied because the established companies can't handle the competition. I demand my right as a consumer to have direct access to what I want to buy. If I chose to buy or not to buy a Tesla then so be it. It's called freedom and it constitutional.