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
Democracy is about choice, so why is choice being removed? Auto dealers had a business model setup and protected to not create competition between their own brand and dealers, therein protecting the dealers the company had created. This is not the case with Tesla's model. We are entering a new American innovative, engineering, and sales model with efficiency at its core. We should not suppress this efficiency of technology by having antiquated laws to benefit only the elite or old way of doing things. Let the consumer decide how and when they want to buy a vehicle. As a Tesla owner, I have experienced the best customer service of any automobile owner anywhere in the world. I'm not alone in this, surveys show Tesla head and shoulders above the next manufacturer in owner satisfaction. Please base your decision on giving the consumer a choice in an open and free marketplace. Americans have historically experienced a free market and a competitive marketplace when purchasing a vehicle or any other purchase, why restrict it now? Lobbyists and special interest groups should not decide for Americans what they can and cannot buy. It is stunning that an American made car is not able to be sold in the state known for American made cars, Michigan. But thanks to special interests and the lobbyists who have made campaign donations throughout the years to their congresspeople we end up with a car made by Americans, in America, by an American company which did not need a bailout, unable to sell their cars to Americans. In any other industry this wouldn't be allowed to happen. In the automotive industry the reduction of competition has been legislated and that needs to be corrected.