Sources: News Observer, Slate
quote: “We care about the franchise system,”
quote: “The whole point of the retail system is to protect the consumer.”
quote: ...how, exactly, does the consumer get "protected" by that "system?"
quote: Frankly, this is government getting involved in our lives and I can't believe you aren't screaming about it.
quote: Uh-huh. Then why is the same not true of everything else you can buy from a manufacturer directly?
quote: Think of all the other things you can buy directly from a manufacturer...including, as pointed out, a new house - probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make...and now try to rationalize that argument.
quote: Doesn't work.
quote: Dealers would be screwed for a while as customers use them for test drives but then buy direct at a lower price. Only when they start closing down and impacting sales will manufacturers support them.
quote: Tesla's ability to sell units will be limited if it can not have units and maintenance facilities in places where people want to buy them.
quote: … you can change who you get energy from and what type of energy just by calling customer service.
quote: Competition vs Monopoly sales of vehicles in an area. If the manufacturers were doing sales locally they could undercut the price the dealerships and after the dealerships fail they could increase the price to an unreasonable amount.
quote: Someone or some business is going to have to handle this transaction.