24 Apr '14, 6pm

FTC Comes Out In Favor Of Tesla Direct Sales, Against Dealer-Backed Bans

By Nelson Ireson 276 views Apr 24, 2014 Follow Nelson Add to circle Reddit This! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 2014 Tesla Model S Enlarge Photo The ongoing fight between Tesla Motors and car dealers across the country has spilled from the headlines into the legal system , but so far, the outcome is far from certain. Will Tesla be allowed to sell its cars directly to consumers? Or is there some state interest in forcing Tesla into the dealer franchise model America's major carmakers use? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today weighed in through its "Competition Matters" blog, making it plain that the agency supports the Tesla direct sales approach, likening it to past technological advances in consumer-business relations. "In this case and others, many state and local regulators have eliminated the direct purchasing option for consumers, by taking steps to protect ex...

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