Source: Automotive News
quote: A better option for Mr. Musk is to take advantage of the dealer network that already exists.
quote: a coolant change (battery pack/motor) every 100k.
quote: Changing fluids is a lot cheaper than cleaning valves, replacing timing chains, etc.
quote: Also, never got my valves cleaned either. How exactly is that done?
quote: I'm surprised to hear you say that. I figured you'd be more on the lines of "the dealerships do not have a "right" to someone else's profits". Why should a company be forced to use a dealership business model, if it will hurt their profitability?
quote: When you are fighting 100-year old companies, with a product that challenges one of the most - if not THE most, powerful industries in the world, I think you are entitled to try to play by the same rules.
quote: Cars are something you purchase once every 5-10 years, right? By the time you want to buy a new one, all the models and prices and a fair amount of the technology have changed. Consequently, it's difficult for any individual buyer to accurately gauge the actual value of a car. On top of that, people tend to "fall in love" with one particular make or model. That type of situation is vulnerable to the manufacturer artificially inflating prices. If all Fords are sold directly to individuals, and Ford is in charge of direct pricing, and the individuals don't really know the value of the cars, it's pretty easy for them to ratchet up the price without the individuals figuring out they're being ripped off.
quote: Also, nobody is proposing that we abolish all car dealers. They could still exist, they just won't be required to exist by law.
quote: Musk has been pushing support for a recent bill in Texas, called House Bill 3351. This would allow distributors and manufacturers of electric vehicles (EVs) only to sell directly to customers without the use of dealerships.
quote: Typical fax-libertarian "Let freedom ring... in my moral envelope!".
quote: They don't have any competitors, they are selling a unique product to a niche market like the motor home companies.
quote: Not really, if he got the bill passed, it would apply to ALL manufacturers that are trying to sell EV's. Which wouldn't be special treatment.