To the Editor:
Peter Brown's commentary in the Dec. 5 issue used the headline "Why do people pick on dealers?" to compare dealers marking up auto financing to selling a carton of milk.
He says, "On average, it appears that dealers are able to negotiate their own higher markup with black customers."
Surely, Brown knows that markups are never negotiated.
Consumers are unhappy because the markup is not negotiated at all but rather is hidden and often amounts to thousands of dollars of windfall that the dealer knows the consumer would never agree to if it was disclosed.
We don't have a pure capitalist system; commerce is heavily regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and by many, many laws that were passed to protect us from unfair practices (read "unscrupulous businessmen").
All the whining about plaintiffs' lawyers sounds a lot like my teenager blaming the police when he got caught running a stop sign.