QOTD: Does the Dealer Model Need to Finally Change?
We've covered two stories today in which the dealership model comes into play.
In one, we see dealers pushing back against the plan made by the OEM they represent because the plan might cost them money -- and might cause them to run afoul of the law in some states. In another, we see an EV startup suing a state because it believes that laws that would force it to use independent franchise dealers are anti-competitive.
I have my own thoughts on the dealer franchise model that I should organize into an op-ed someday. But for now, I want to hear from you -- should OEMs be able to embrace direct sales? Or does the current model still work?
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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