QOTD: How Can We Stop Dealer Markup?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd how can we stop dealer markup

Every day I see more dealer markup stories. For example, yet another Nissan Z markup story crossed our internal news wire desk this morning.

We also have reported that car buyers say they're willing to pay a LOT over MSRP. So that leads me to a few questions. One is, when will this stop? Another is, can OEMs or regulations do anything about the issue (if they even should -- some will argue that dealer markups are simply capitalism at work)?

Our friends down the virtual way at Jalopnik had one proposal. What say you, B and B?

[Image: Nissan]

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  • Heavymetal_Hippie Heavymetal_Hippie on Oct 27, 2022

    To all the bootlickers who champion this as the result of a "free market," well, this is actually the exact opposite of a free market.

    The car selling industry is strangled by a franchise laws, enacted decades ago by a forward-thinking dealer lobby who foresaw that their business model may some day become obsolete, because car dealerships add nothing of value to the transactions. They poured enormous sums of money into state legislatures to have laws preventing exactly that - a free market.

    I'm amazed how many champions of "free market capitalism" don't know this. A true free market would let carmakers sell directly, as is the case is the vast majority of other industries - clothing, electronics, appliances, anything really.

  • Kendahl Kendahl on Oct 28, 2022

    Art: Why settle for less vehicle so that the owner of the dealership can afford a bigger boat?

  • Tassos Tassos on Dec 05, 2022

    NOBODY really HAS to buy a new or even used car in this insane 2022 market, and those who do are damned fools.

    THIS IS the way to discourage dealer markup. FIX your damn car and DO NOT GO BEGGING THEM TO GIVE YOU A NEW ONE, in this BIGGEST SELLER's MARKET EVER.


  • Del65693496 Del65693496 on Dec 28, 2022

    I wanted, and planned for, a370Z. In June, my wife suggested I wait for the new Z. Sounded like a good idea til I started reading about dealer markups. I found a 2020 370Z with 9000 mi on it, and every option I wanted. And I have been driving it and thoroughly enjoying it since. I have yet to see a new Z advertised anywhere for sticker or below.