Submitted by derotam on May 21, 2020
So VW retailers in Europe have agreed with an Agent model proposed by VW corporate for selling EV cars(ID.3). The approach is that customers will go straight to VW for ordering and selecting their preferred dealership. VW will handle financing, inventory costs, returns, etc. The dealership will only handle test drives, processing the transaction and handing over the vehicle. The dealership will have no control over the price and the commission will be fixed by VW.
So, the question here is not whether it will simply work in the U.S. but would this run afoul of the various franchise laws?
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Please stay on topic... The effect of franchise laws as it relates to any manufacture's ability to market and sell EV's vs gasoline or hybrid vehicles is an interesting topic for discussion.