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Car dealers are not liking Tesla

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    New Jersey joins Arizona and Texas in banning direct sales to consumers, which Tesla does instead of the dealership model. Seems odd for free marketeers to stifle a business in such a way, but the move did get huge support from a group of concerned citizens known as the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers.


    Hey, those guys have a billion gallons of all-weather seal to offload!
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Free market!!!!
  3. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter. Love's going to find its way back to them. I know.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Crushed. Well done...
  5. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

  6. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Beej puts his bat back on the rack....he won't see a pitch that good to hit.....
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    As a NorCal native who watched Tesla open every major concert I saw in high school, I was thinking of the appropriate response and then I scrolled to Big Circus' comment and I had to stand and applaud...
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    This stuff is so bush. They just want to sell cars. States shouldn't be inhibiting their ability to do it.

    The arguments the car dealership lobbyists have used don't even make sense. It is supposedly about protecting consumers somehow -- how does a direct sales model hurt anyone and how? By saving people money? By mandating a middleman, you drive up the cost for consumers.

    This is really just about money changing hands. I saw something yesterday that detailed how much money the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers and its employees had given in campaign contributions over the last few years. They effectively bought a continuing system that benefits them at the expense of consumers.

    This isn't fair to Tesla. The flip side, I'd point out though, is that Tesla has been the beneficiary of OTHER state governmental schemes that fuck up market equalibriums -- the same way it is now getting fucked over. It has made millions of dollars, for example, selling California emissions credits that it gets to carmakers that don't make electric or hybrid cars and need the credits to operate in California.
  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Guess that's the way it is, the way that goes.
  10. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    With Tesla's purchase prices being what they are -- in the $70k range -- their sales model is really the only one that makes sense if they want to mass market their cars. There's all kind of tax incentives and cost of ownership advantages post-purchase, but you have to get past the sticker price to even think about those. Adding a middle man, as you point out, makes that even more difficult.
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Intended consequences!
  12. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Or the self-serve gas pumps.
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