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Ford Motor Company heard from the U.S. Court of Appeals this week that its pre-owned
vehicles Web site was operating in violation of Texas state laws.
Working in partnership with auto dealers in Houston and in five other U.S. cities, Ford's
Pre-Owned Showroom violated the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission Code, according to the
opinion handed down Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. "We are
disappointed with the court's decision," Ford spokesperson Kristen Kinley told the
E-Commerce Times. "But we take solace in the knowledge that the judges recommended we take
our case to the Supreme Court."
Why would the state of Texas permit car sales only by state-licensed dealers, but prohibit a manufacturer from acquiring a dealer's license?
Shouldn't Ford, as a manufacturer, have the right to judge its car sales?