LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Distrust of dealers benefits Tesla

To the Editor:

Thanks to News Editor James B. Treece for speaking truth to power ("A failure to punish fails members," Aug. 4).

As a franchise and dealer attorney, I have been following the Tesla issue closely. I believe Treece hit the nail on the head: Tesla is gaining traction in many state legislatures with its direct-to-consumer sales model not just because of tacit support from other manufacturers but because many people -- especially in urban and suburban areas -- don't trust auto dealers.

Consumers have been researching and buying products online -- for good prices -- for more than a decade now.

I realize that many dealers are outstanding businessmen and women, with high ethics, in a cutthroat business. I'm proud to call some of them clients.

But some aren't so ethical, and it takes only a few bad apples to spoil the public's opinion of the whole bushel.

JOHN R. GOTASKIE JR.

Partner

Fox Rothschild

Attorneys at Law

Pittsburgh

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