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 #311

Submission Number:
311
Commenter:
Jordan Thompson
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
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
Times are changing and we need to change with them. The old dealership protectionist model worked then I personally have experienced dealerships (specifically the local BMW and Chevrolet dealerships) who have no interest in selling EV automobiles. Either they don't have them in stock and have no idea when they are going to get them (the Volt), or just don't understand their own vehicles (the i3). And they have no incentive to change: Why would they devote any resources to vehicles with low sales volumes? Tesla (for example) has taken the risk to manufacture and sell their cars to the handful of EV enthusiasts. Existing dealers either want to get on the bandwagon (which I believe is an impossible sea-change for most) or just kill the competition by either not carrying the cars or providing disinformation about them. One of the greatest advantages the United States has proven time and again is free enterprise. Dealership protectionism is destroying this concept.