From North Carolina, a reminder of just how little anyone in office believes in a “free market.” The Republican Party in North Carolina has more power than they have had in decades, and they’re using it to stomp on just about everything liberals have ever fought for, all in the name of less government. But when it comes to buying cars? That’s a whole different story.
Last week, North Carolina’s Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a law that would ban car companies from selling their cars directly to consumers. Tesla, the electric car company, doesn’t want to work through dealerships. And the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association isn’t happy.
it’s not Tesla per se that worries the dealers. It’s the precedent. The prospect threatens the livelihood of North Carolina’s 7,000 licensed dealers, who invest millions in building big lots and showrooms to efficiently move product, say supporters of the bill.
“We care about the franchise system,” said Robert Glaser, president of the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association. “The whole point of the retail system is to protect the consumer.”
The local dealer is the customer’s point of contact on malfunctions, defects and recalls, Glaser said. Automakers are designers, manufacturers and wholesalers that remain largely invisible to the car buyers, he said.
Apparently, Robert “Chairman Mao” Glaser doesn’t trust consumers to decide by themselves whether they want to use dealers for that – Big Government is going to get to decide for them.
But it’s not just about taking away consumers’ freedom.
“You tell me they’re gonna support the little leagues and the YMCA?” Glaser asked, directing his glance at the Tesla contingent milling about a few feet away in the legislative building.
Because Lord knows, that’s what a “free market” is all about – companies competing to show politicians who will sacrifice more of their profits to support whatever causes the politicians care about.
Although the bill passed unanimously, not everybody is entirely comfortable with it. Before he voted for it, Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County got assurances that the bill would be “fine-tuned.”
Stein considers Tesla a startup that should be exempt from the state’s dealership provisions until it becomes big enough to be considered a competitor.
Way to go with keeping government out of meddling with “the market,” Josh!
The article points out another state also has laws blocking direct auto sales to the public. Which commie pinko state would that be? Texas.