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
Businesses should be allowed to sell their products as they see fit. Franchised dealers and the NADA lobby ensure the car buying process is long, arduous, and obfuscating for customers. Tesla 'a direct sales model is not only successful in other industries, it has been successful for automakers such as GM in Latin America about 20 years ago. Automakers can freely engage in franchise agreements, but Tesla remains unable to sell their cars in all states. What consumer protection do dealers offer that should restrict consumer choice? Allow the customer to decide their preferred way of buying a vehicle and let the automakers determine the most efficient and responsible way to sell them.