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FTC to Host Workshop on Motor Vehicle Distribution

Final Program Released

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 11, 2016 – On Jan. 19, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop titled, “Automobile Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends.” During the workshop, the panelists will address a range of issues associated with state regulation of motor vehicle distribution including:

  • Regulation of Dealer Networks
  • Warranty Reimbursement Regulation
  • Direct Distribution
  • Future Trends

The workshop will be comprised of presentations and discussion and will focus on the following topics: (1) the regulation of dealer location; (2) laws relating to reimbursement for warranty services; (3) restrictions on manufacturers’ ability to engage in direct sales to consumers; and (4) new developments affecting motor vehicle distribution, including autonomous vehicles, connected cars and the rise of subscription-based automobile sharing services.

The panels are comprised of representatives from across the industry including the FTC, the National Automobile Dealers Association, the American Automobile Association, Uber Technologies and several others. For more information on the program, or to watch the live simulcast on Jan. 19, please go here.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past media releases, go to, or visit ASA’s legislative website at

Contact: ASA Washington, D.C. Office
(202) 543-1440

For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 16.01

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