The FTC backs Tesla Motors on direct sale issue

|By:, SA News Editor

Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.1%) appears to have a friend in the Federal Trade Commission on the issue of the direct sale of automobiles to buyers.

In a blog post on the FTC website, the agency says it's "bad policy" for consumers accustomed to using the Internet to compare and shop be forced into the dealership network.

The automaker has run into some roadblocks in several states where powerful dealership associations have been hard to brush aside.