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 #467

Submission Number:
467
Commenter:
James Dawson
State:
California
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
Dear FTC members, I am writing in regard to the fact that several States have barred Tesla Motors from selling their cars in-state through their direct sales model. The legal basis for these denials, what there is, is to ostensibly protect privately-owned auto dealers from competition from the OEM auto companies if they set up corporate-owned dealerships that could then undercut their prices. I find this whole argument to be ridiculous and anti-competitive for all purposes because Tesla Motors cannot compete with privately-owned Tesla dealers because their are NONE. Tesla has deliberately chosen a different business model of direct sales and Tesla-owned showrooms because of the nature of selling the all-electric cars it sells. Tesla Motors is not breaking the rules because Tesla Motors is not competing with privately owned Tesla dealers. End of story. These prohibitions on Tesla are only meant to stifle competition between Tesla cars and those of other brands and thus protect the profits of the privately-owned dealerships that sell the other brands. It is inherently anti-competitive and this is reinforced by General Motors and other OEMs supporting these anti-competitive laws against Tesla stores in states like Indiana. Please take action under your authority to remedy these egregious misuses of the law to stifle competition. Thanks You, James & Derraugh Dawson