A Wisconsin proposal to require e-dealer licenses for out-of-state businesses that sell cars on the Internet seems to benefit the state more than the dealers or consumers it is supposed to protect.
The proposal would allow out-of-state dealers to expand their sales territories without having to operate a showroom in Wisconsin. And online auto brokers would be able to sell cars without a huge investment in bricks and mortar.
So where are the benefits? Dealers could be stuck with performing additional warranty work on vehicles they didn't sell, and consumers could have a tough time getting that work done.
But at least the state would have another licensing fee to generate revenue.