Automakers are always trying to stop the flow of gray market cars that go from one country to another outside the authorized distribution chain.
Typically, someone buys a car in one country and re-sells it in another where that model is scarce or more expensive due to currency rates.
Just two years ago, tens of thousands of new cars and trucks from Canada were re-sold by U.S. dealers as used vehicles. It was cheaper and more profitable than buying new vehicles from the factory. But automakers stopped honoring the warranties of gray market cars, which reduced the flow to a trickle.
BMW is trying a different approach in Germany. The luxury automaker's new-car sales contracts in Germany prohibit the buyer from re-selling the vehicle for four months.
What do you think the odds are that will hold up in court?