I'm sure I don't know as much about the British automobile retail business as Bert Wyatt (Letters, April 1), as he is U.S. correspondent for Britain's Motor Industry Management magazine, but I don't think he understood my point.
I did not say that "Britain has not joined the euro bloc."
I said that because Britain IS part of the EU but NOT part of the euro monetary system, British car dealers are at a considerable disadvantage to their continental competitors because the strong pound vs. the relatively weak euro makes it much cheaper for the Brits to buy a car on the Continent than in Britain.
Assuming that someone from Britain is legally able to buy a car on the Continent (with right-hand drive), logic would have it that a great many British buyers will buy their cars on the Continent and not in Britain.
As I have been reading for several years, the EU Parliament is passing laws that restrict the ability of auto manufacturers to restrain trade within the EU, therefore making it easier for EU residents to buy a car anywhere in the EU.
If those two facts are not true, I stand corrected. If they are true, time will tell.
My point about why it is a bad thing if the British dealerships are "cheap" to buy would apply to anything that is relatively cheap.
One must ask why it is cheap. Is it just a market fluctuation or is it because nobody else wants to buy?