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
New Mexico has an antiquated law that prohibits auto makers from selling or even servicing their vehicles, except through dealer franchises. In my case, I had to send my Tesla Model S to Denver to have minor servicing done (an eight hour drive each way), beause New Mexico law forbids Tesla from having a service center in the state, much less a sales office. The purpose of the New Mexico statute is solely to shield local automobile dealers from competition, and it does so at the expense of the consumer. Although Tesla owners represent only a tiny fraction of New Mexico automobile owners, the concept is important. Electric vehicles are growing rapidly in popularity and becoming ever more affordable. New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the nation and its citizens should not be subject to laws that harm their interests so blatantly.