No offense to the dealers but I believe it's high time (well past due) that the auto industry DROP its "protectionalism" mindset and do away with auto franchise laws that PRECLUDE direct factory purchasing by we consumers. We would no longer have to deal with inexperienced sales people, destination charges, and all the bickering/antics that go on in many a show rooms. The network of auto dealers would still handle the profitable revenue stream recognized from repair/warranty work. If one feels more comfortable going the dealer route then so be it. I for one, do not think the dealers on whole would lose much business anyway because most in this country are too lazy to inform themselves and/or actually drive to the respective plant and commsumate the deal on their own. But for we "others" if I could save another $1,500 buying right from the plant that made these vehicles, I would do so in a New York minute, and this option ought to be available to us. If America wants to truly compete in this new "globalization" era then doing away with these "protectionist" franchise laws is step # 1 that must be enacted.