It's better for auto dealers and consumer advocates to collaborate than it is for them to glower at one another from opposing tables in a courtroom.
That's the premise of a promising effort by dealers and consumer groups to create a dealership seal of approval. Such a seal could reassure wary customers who have seen recent reports of finance and insurance abuses.
Many questions remain to be resolved about the accreditation proposal. How would standards be enforced? Would enough dealers take part to make the effort meaningful? What sort of public education campaign would it require?
For now, though, both sides should be encouraged to keep talking.