• ToddRLockwood avatar ToddRLockwood Posted: 10/8/2012 11:17am PDT

    I doubt if we'll see Tesla doing any franchising. Like it or not, Tesla will be selling cars direct to customers, just as other specialty car, boat & aircraft manufacturers already do. If necessary, Tesla will take NADA to court and sue for restriction of interstate commerce, like Ben & Jerrys did with Pillsbury back in the day.

  • fb_756493434 avatar Brian Posted: 10/8/2012 9:17am PDT

    Nobody has legal standing to bring a suit against Tesla until Tesla offers a franchise to someone in one state and denies it to someone else in another.
    As long as the states get their sales tax revenue from the sale of each car delivered in their state and all maintenance performed within the state, they should be happy.

  • fb_82100996 avatar Richard Posted: 10/8/2012 9:27am PDT

    Ask most people and the problem with typical auto sales is the dealers themselves. When a local dealer creates a problem (and they often do), it’s not just that dealer that bears the brunt of an unhappy customer but the entire brand itself, along with thousands of employees that work for Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, etc. All because of the monopoly on local markets that dealers enjoy. NADA and most independent dealers are the problem, not Tesla who is trying to do something new.

  • cayman07 avatar cayman07 Posted: 10/8/2012 10:10am PDT

    Thank You!
    Sounds like the are heading u a Sales Prevention Committee!!

  • cayman07 avatar cayman07 Posted: 10/8/2012 10:08am PDT

    Great news! They must be scared of the Tesla sales future!
    I own some stock! Get em Tesla!

  • tompaine101 avatar tompaine101 Posted: 10/8/2012 11:31am PDT

    Typical stupid protectionist laws - preventing a better business model from taking root...

  • Dmpullin avatar Dmpullin Posted: 10/9/2012 7:12am PDT

    Typical big government regulations that need to stay out of business's way to grow. This is the problem with our country and it needs to change to allow growth and global competition.

  • fb_1480280222 avatar fb_1480280222 Posted: 10/19/2012 10:09am PDT

    Does this mean the car shows are illegal, or are those cars being shown by dealers?

  • fb_1224815454 avatar Jim Posted: 10/8/2012 11:21am PDT

    What a load of poop! It's the product that's at issue (I'm not a big fan of Tesla... yet) and these other guys are scared that they won't be able to compete. Just a smokescreen.

  • fb_100000257695453 avatar Mildred Posted: 10/9/2012 7:23am PDT

    Sorry, Jim. You need to do your homework! Tesla has out performed on every front. The other auto makers are the ones afraid they can't compete! They are still tied to the coattails of the gas industry!!

  • fb_100000257695453 avatar Mildred Posted: 10/9/2012 7:19am PDT

    I think it's hilarious that the other auto makers are suddenly realizing that electric vehicles are going to be competition!! Sounds like they are trying any way they can to shut down the competition. I have long studied the Tesla vehicles, and am amazed at the abilities of this car. Wake up people! It's time to get rid of that gas monkey on your back!! Go to your local Nissan dealer, for one, to see the reality of EV's. Would I buy one?? In a New York minute if I had the money!

  • TreDeuce avatar TreDeuce Posted: 10/9/2012 11:03am PDT

    'Illegal' That header, to be fair' ... should have read like this ... Illegal(?)

  • fb_1323174226 avatar Withan Posted: 10/9/2012 2:07pm PDT

    It isn't manufacturers that are complaining, but auto dealership franchises who have a large overhead and pay a lot of money to comply with state franchise laws and the requirements of the manufacturers. They are not worried about Tesla, per se, but rather a precedent that will allow mainstream manufacturers to bypass them after they have made such large investments.