• fb_1223482550 avatar Ivan Posted: 4/16/2013 10:58pm PDT

    Hey, either play by the rules or change the rules. What makes Tesla so special now that there are so many other cars in the market with an electric motor? If Tesla should be allowed to sell cars directly, so should all the other automakers.

  • unplugged avatar unplugged Posted: 4/12/2013 1:33pm PDT

    There is absolutely no reason to protect an outdated and inefficient franchise system. Dealerships have only one purpose and that is to take as much as they can from the customer. And manufacturers are relegated to selling cars to dealers rather than to the consumer as they should be.

  • fb_100001994158042 avatar Scott Posted: 4/12/2013 4:27am PDT

    Tesla is correct and its utter self-serving nonsense to say that they should be 'forced' to comply with these antiquated government regulations that fly in the face of free enterprise. Saying they must sell through existing dealerships is unAmerican and plain wrong. Amazon sells books online and direct to the consumer and I don't see anyone complaining about that...

  • ParadigmRift avatar ParadigmRift Posted: 4/11/2013 10:58am PDT

    WTF Texas? Siding with dealerships is government protection of dealership hegemony. Free enterprise my ass. Bunch of hypocrite legislators shilling for middleman trying to keep their auto distribution monopoly. Nobody likes stepping onto one of those lots 'cause everyone knows they're always out to screw you. We've all been there. It's why "car salesman" is so often preceded by "slimy."

    There's no reason why Tesla shouldn't be able to sell its cars as it sees fit. Why not? God knows the dealership route always sucks. Friggin' dinosaurs. Get with it, lonestars.