UPDATED: White House Petition Aims to Allow Direct Sales of Tesla Vehicles in 50 States
July 2, 2013 9:53 AM
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It's less than 10,000 signatures away from a White House response
Tesla Motors has some pretty loyal fans, and that could help the automaker win the right to bypass dealerships and sell directly to consumers.
A Tesla fan started a petition to the White House on June 5, asking that Tesla be able to sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers without having dealerships as the middlemen.
"States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers," says the petition. "The state legislators are trying to unfairly protect automobile dealers in their states from competition. Tesla is providing competition, which is good for consumers."
In order for the White House to respond to a petition, it must acquire 100,000 signatures. At the time of this article, there are 92,467 signatures. The deadline is Friday, July 5.
Tesla sent an email out over the weekend asking for more signatures. It also said that Tesla is "under attack from a number of car dealer associations in various states" and that the dealership's arguments "infringe on the right of the consumer to choose how they purchase and service their vehicle."
Tesla has been battling states and auto dealerships for the right to sell its vehicles without the help of dealerships. Back in April of this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk openly
fought for a Texas bill
that would cut out the use of auto dealerships. The bill -- House Bill 3351 -- would allow distributors and manufacturers of electric vehicles (EVs) only to sell directly to customers without the use of dealerships. Musk even said that if the fight for the Texas bill
came down to a federal matter
, he would either lobby Congress to pass legislation for the direct sales of EVs made by startup companies like Tesla (and tie it to an energy or transportation bill) or file a federal lawsuit to fight the state restrictions as unconstitutional violations of interstate commerce.
Tesla has been successful in other states, such as
, where a pair of bills (referred to as A07844 in the Assembly and S05725) tried to make it illegal to license -- or even renew licenses -- for all Tesla Stores within New York state borders. These bills were killed off last month.
The automaker also fought and won in
last month, where a North Carolina House committee denied a bill that would have banned Tesla from selling its Roadster and Model S vehicles to consumers instead of auto dealerships in the state.
Auto dealerships have been furious about Tesla's model because it takes business away from them.
Want to take part? You can sign the petition
Updated @ 2:00pm EST
The required 100,000 votes threshold was reached at roughly 1:57pm EST today. An official response from the White House should be coming soon.
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RE: Make it generic
7/2/2013 12:33:03 PM
bliker fluid - LOL and Sadly Probably True.
Finance Manager is the second dance be sure to stick it to him as well or walk. You negotiated the price only of the car they can make it all back by sticking you with an interest rate above zero or other BS add ons. That dealership isn't marble because they are broke.
Extended warranties cost the dealership $300.00 but they will try to charge you $800 or more. That was back in the day when I dated someone who worked in a dealership. To me if the car dont come with an incredible warranty its not worth considering. Its something I read in consumer reports they said you can generally gauge the quality and how a manufacturer feels about their product based upon what they offer as a warranty. They dont have much confidence in what they are selling if its 3yr/36k when someone else is offering 7 yr/100k and make sure its on the drive train first almost every cars paint will last 10 years.
RE: Make it generic
7/2/2013 12:36:49 PM
If you bring your spouse and the dealer walks out of the room so the two of you can talk they are in a lot of cases still listening in on you when they leave so watch what the two of you say to each other or use it to your advantage and discuss leaving because the prices are higher than what you've seen elsewhere.
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