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 urge you NOT to support the arguments of the car dealers and their ridiculous desire to stop innovation for consumers in order to cling to a business model that has served them juicy profits for decades but is not always in the best interests of their customers. Banning direct sales is one of the most anti-business and anti-innovation ideas I have heard. Why not insist we all drive to Radio Shack to get our music downloaded on to our iPhones? Let the market decide if they want direct sales. I can assure you they will and DO. I bought my Tesla this way in 2012 and it was the best and easiest car purchase I have ever made. Previously we were all at the mercy of the "inside information" and high-pressure sales techniques of the local dealer. It was not only difficult to get the 'exact' configuration of features and/or color that you wanted, but you also knew that everyone that bought that identical car paid a different price. Low income buyers and those with poor negotiation skills were often taken advantage off. The best dealers arranged a good price for their customers and a reasonable profit for themselves (often spurred by customers' embrace of innovations like the pre-arranged "Costco purchase" - should we ban that, too?) but many dealers continue to treat the negotiation as means to rip-off the buyer. Let both sales models exist, and let customers decide what they want. To deny direct-to-customer sales at all is restraint of trade. The country that prides itself on a 'free market' will be the laughing stock of the world.