ACI Submits Testimony on Massachusetts Legislation That Would Raise Consumer Prices for the Financial Benefit of Dealerships

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Bill Hearing, An Act further regulating business practices between motor vehicle dealers, manufacturers, and distributors – S239 Testimony of Krisztina Pusok, Ph.D., Director, American Consumer Institute, Washington, D.C. Chairperson and Members of the Committee, on behalf of the American Consumer Institute (ACI), I […]

ACI Letter to Montana Senators: Proposed Legislation Would Make Consumers Pay More For Less

Montana’s House Bill 617 is a case of government over-regulation.  It interferes with private contracts, will raise costs for Montana automobile purchasers, and it puts consumers private data in jeopardy – all with no evident benefit to Montana citizens. Consumers deserve better. The letter is available here.   

Washington Examiner: Laws in All 50 States Benefit Car Dealerships at the Expense of Consumers

For decades, states have enforced anti-consumer policies that boost car dealers’ profits by sharply raising prices on American motorists. When automobiles first reached the mass market more than a century ago, manufacturers quickly settled on dealership franchises as the best distribution model. The contractual arrangements between dealerships and manufacturers meant that both parties relied on […]

Daily Caller: Corporate Welfare Is Alive And Well Among Car Dealerships

Every state has laws on the books that increase vehicle costs, essentially transferring income from the buying public to car dealers. The problem is so widespread that American consumers collectively pay $47.5 billion more per year than they would in the absence of these regulations, according to a recent study by the American Consumer Institute. […]

Morning Consult: Protectionist Car Dealership State Regulations Lead to Higher Prices for Consumers

A blatant example of corporate welfare is driving up automobile prices around the country, helping car dealerships maximize profits at the expense of consumers. A little history is helpful to understand how we got here, and why reforms are desperately needed. Once automobiles reached the mass market in the early 20th century, it didn’t take […]