Outside the United States
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 I wish to support the manufacturer's right to sell directly to customers without imposing middle party (dealers) and their expenses onto the customers. Dealers add no value to customers experience or to a product yet they add cost borne by the customers. Dealer's interests are in direct opposition to innovation and new technologies introduction as that increases their costs due to the requirement for extra training and new equipment that can handle new technology. In a free market, it is really up to all stakeholders in the process of selling cars (manufacturer, dealer, customer) to organize themselves. If parties wish to transact through a dealer, in a free market they may choose to do so. If parties wish to transact directly, in a free market they should be free to do so. Regulatory protection of dealers and imposition of dealers in car purchase transaction goes against the spirit of free market. Such protectionism acts as a brake on progress and innovation, two pillars of US leadership role in the world.