• In their public statement, the FTC asserts “blanket prohibitions on direct manufacturer sales to consumers are an anomaly within the larger economy.” The impetus for FTC’s statement is that Michigan State Legislature allowed Elio, a manufacturer of highly efficient three-wheelers, to sell direct.
  • A ruling in line with this statement would change everything for consumers, dealers, and automakers. Consumers would receive additional protection because the dealer network would no longer be a fact of life, in which case shoppers could buy cars for the listed price.
  • Additionally, automakers would have the freedom to choose how they sell their cars, would would lead to an increase in competition, leading to economic growth. Finally, the vise grip independent dealers hold is finally being challenged, which should cause a dramatic shift in the way drivers purchase their vehicles.

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