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Virginia car dealers are calling on regulators to investigate Tesla Motors for alleged violations of state laws. The accusations come via a 10-page letter sent by the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) to the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board on May 31. In the letter is a call for an investigation into Tesla’s practices at […]

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With Tesla and its ongoing battles with state auto dealer associations and lawmakers to operate factory direct, it has won some and lost some – and in Maryland it can now count a win. The win has a name – HB 235 – and in passing the state House with a vote of 122 yes […]

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A video by Edmunds’ haggle-free car shopping service was not designed by Tesla, but in the eyes of some, it might just as well have been. As Green Car Reports observes which dug up a copy from YouTube of one of four videos after Edmunds pulled them following complaints from its dealer customers, the video […]

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Tesla has one store in Pennsylvania, another one being built a hop, skip and a jump away in the state, and it’s now been OK’d to place three more. This became law in the Keystone state when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Wednesday that had been overwhelmingly approved by legislators in compromise with […]

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Tesla has one store in Pennsylvania, another one coming soon, and last week the Pennsylvania State Senate capped the number it will be permitted to open to five. The compromise legislation came at the behest of … are you waiting to read “car dealers?” … the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. This is a trade group […]

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Tired of being bashed as a “dinosaur” business model and various other unsavory descriptors, the National Auto Dealers Association is fighting back against Tesla on behalf of franchised car dealers. Actually, the NADA does not call out Tesla by name in a two-and-a-half-minute video and its Web page called “Get the Facts,” but who else […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction and Part One. This is Part Two on what consumers stand to gain or lose. A Better Way? Tesla’s no-haggle, fixed price sales model has been seen as liberating, saving buyers the stress of negotiating lowest prices. Presented as a peoples’ choice by those […]

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To call Tesla “disruptive” is an understatement, as this term applies to its technology, its valuation and impact on the market, and its unorthodox business model. Tesla’s Model S sedan has been lauded by buyers and reviewers, its stock has been trading at 1,200 times earnings with a market cap half of General Motors, and […]

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Pulling no punches, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went on the offensive in a blog post today alleging impropriety at the highest level of New Jersey state government. As has been widely published, the electric car maker was barred on Tuesday from renewing its auto dealer licenses in the state, and will not receive new licenses, […]

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If you’ve had your eye on a new Tesla Model S but don’t care as much for the two month or so wait in line, there is a way to get immediate gratification: Buy one direct from the nearest Tesla retail store. Although it’s not actively promoted by Tesla, its U.S. and Canadian retail stores […]

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