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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