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 #468

Submission Number:
468
Commenter:
Suzanne Stone
State:
New Mexico
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 Sirs, I recently purchased the newly released Tesla Model X. While I am thrilled to own this electric car, it is very disappointing that I am unable to get it serviced in the state where I live, New Mexico, due to the law prohibiting Tesla service centers here. Furthermore, Tesla showrooms are not permitted in New Mexico, so my car will be delivered to my home on a flatbed truck by a driver who will be unable to answer any questions I might have about my new car. I might also add that New Mexico state auto sales tax is paid on Tesla automobiles delivered to New Mexico (or applicable state tax to any other state where a Tesla vehicle is delivered). The law against Tesla showrooms and service centers in New Mexico is UNFAIR to both Tesla and to any New Mexican citizen who wants to own a Tesla. The Tesla Model X is the only car that I wanted to purchase- no other. I should be able to have it serviced by a Tesla service center within reasonable distance from where I live. However, the degree of difficulty in getting Tesla service as a New Mexican is EXTREME. Tesla must go to undue measure to accommodate the owners of its product who live in states where Tesla showrooms and service centers are banned. Tesla and prospective buyers of its automobiles are hurt by the unfair law that prohibits its showrooms and service centers in various states. I have friends in New Mexico who would like to own a Tesla but have been deterred from buying one because they don't want to deal with the difficulties entailed in getting out of state service for the car. The law seems to violate fairness in the free market which we purport to have here in the United States. Why should auto dealerships be able to block showrooms and service centers of another automobile company? On behalf of current and future Tesla owners in New Mexico (and in other states where Tesla showrooms and service centers are prohibited by law), I URGE you to consider fair market practices in the automobile industry and grant Tesla the right to open show rooms and service centers in all states. Respectfully, Suzanne Stone Tesla Model X owner New Mexico