LAS VEGAS – Franchised car dealers and research company J.D. Power and Associates are at odds after a curious commentary written by company founder Dave Power III appeared in The Wall Street Journal Oct. 28. In the column, Power blasts the current automotive retail franchise system, saying it is “overly restrictive” and adds as much as 30% to the base cost of a vehicle. The current system “hardly serves or satisfies anyone,” Power writes. He advocates a setup that follows the Wal-Mart ...

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