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
Car dealers are looked upon as the least trustworthy of any business group in the U.S. Why? Is everyone just treating them unfairly or is the shoe on the other foot? Multiple scams and methodologies to cheat customers are often attributed to car dealers. Many cases are brought against them year after year for bad practices by various states attorneys general. We must state the obvious: caveat emptor. This is the basis for our system of doing business in a free-market society. However, if this is, indeed, a free-market, then why the effort against Tesla? If the playing field is level as it should be in free-market capitalism, why the protective legislation against Tesla? We must state another "obvious": GM buried a perfectly capable EV early last century. It aborted a wonderful futuristic EV called the EV-1. Took the cars back from the lessees under false premises and crushed them. To bury the evidence, perhaps? To gain another ten years of profits on its liquid-fueled sales...perhaps by buying AM General Corp. (Hummer)...only to see it spiral into oblivion, shutting it down in 2010 after a deal with a Chinese interest failed? We're tired of this. We're tired of the stories of GM's practices over the years, from buying up the trolley systems across the country, shutting them down, ripping up the rails and forcing cities and towns to buy their stinky, smelly, polluting diesel buses, to the executives flying to D.C. in their corporate jets to beg for an $800B bailout. Tesla will succeed, regardless of the efforts of GM, Ford et al to stop them. If these companies won't compete, tough. It's not that they can't, it's that they won't. Not my problem as a consumer. I plan to buy a Tesla Model 3 when it is available. I was interested in the Chevy Bolt; however, with legislation being proposed in MI, IN and elsewhere targeting Tesla, I have changed my mind.