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
I am a Tesla owner in New Mexico, doing my best to support innovation, environmental responsibility, sustainable transportation, and American-made products like Tesla automobiles. Unfortunately, the laws of New Mexico and some other states create significant barriers to the sale and support of cars without a third party dealership model. This means that I cannot obtain any service for my car in the state but am required to go to Colorado or Arizona for even the simplest of repairs, which usually means two complete out-of-state round trips from Tesla for the pick-up and drop-off of my car. This is clearly protectionist, anti-competitive, and anti-consumer, all issues directly relevant to the charter of the FTC. But even more importantly, it is anti-innovation and supportive of outdated business models, and is significantly hampering innovation in sustainable transportation, ironically in this case against an American-made product by a high-tech startup. I strongly urge the FTC to take all measures to eliminate these anti-consumer laws and enact consistency across the nation -- many states are already in good shape -- and to help bring the laggard states into the 21st century.