24 Apr '14, 10pm

FTC officials question 'bad policy' that stops Tesla's direct sales

FTC officials question 'bad policy' that stops Tesla's direct sales

One of the groups opposed to Tesla's direct sales is the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), which represents 16,000 new car and truck dealerships with about 32,000 domestic and international franchises. Jonathan Collegio, NADA vice president of public affairs, sent a statement to AutoblogGreen : For consumers buying a new car today, the fierce competition between local dealers in a given market drives down prices both in and across brands – while if a factory owned all of its stores it could set prices and buyers would lose virtually all bargaining power. And buying a car isn't like buying a pair of shoes online. Cars require licensing to operate, insurance and financing to take home, and contain hazardous materials, so states are fully within their rights to protect consumers by standardizing the way cars are sold. Tesla, unsurprisingly, says the FTC officers...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/24/ftc-officials-questi...

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