Politicians, Car Dealers Trying To Make It Illegal To Buy A Tesla In North Carolina

from the hating-on-disruptive-innovation dept

Last fall, we wrote about how auto dealers were bitching about the fact that electric car company Tesla sells their cars directly. It has "stores" but you can't buy your cars from those stores, due to antiquated and ridiculous regulations about car sales. Most states have laws that basically say that car companies can't sell directly. These laws serve no purpose other than to protect (often politically powerful) independent car dealers from being disintermediated.

In North Carolina, however, they're taking it up a notch. They're basically trying to make it illegal to sell a Tesla in North Carolina at all. About 80 North Carolina residents have already bought one, but they may be the last:
A legislative proposal, backed by the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association, would make it illegal for Tesla, or any other car maker, to bypass dealerships and sell directly in the state. The proposal cuts at the heart of Tesla’s business model: selling luxury cars over the phone or Internet and then delivering them to the front door of high-net-worth customers.
The North Carolina State Commerce Committee approved the proposal unanimously.

This is the same thing we see over and over again in other contexts. Companies in an entrenched legacy position trying to use regulations to block disruptive upstarts. There is no good reason for this law other than to block Tesla and to prop up dealerships. It's somewhat disgusting to see politicians actively seek to stamp out innovation.

Filed Under: dealers, north carolina, regulations, tesla
Companies: tesla

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  1. icon
    art guerrilla (profile), 13 May 2013 @ 10:48am

    Re: Honestly...

    having bought a new truck a couple years ago (USED ones a year or two older were selling for MORE than NEW ONES! wtf?) and getting the usual salesdroid bullshit, obfuscation, etc, i was already sick of that subhuman cohort of our population...
    then, just recently when getting a new car for SWMBO, i purposefully -even though i am a fan of that brand- do NOT go to the same dealer, because we did *NOT* want to deal with that bullshit...

    so, different dealer, same bullshit...

    fuckers tried to stiff us on an option we had added on, told us lies about when it could be done, didn't follow up, didn't get the parts, didn't set the appointment, FINALLY had to threaten to return the car just within the 30 days, before the useless bastards got the parts and had a THIRD PARTY install it... (again, NOT what was represented to us when we bought it...)

    fuckers, i'll say it again:
    car salesdroids are only a method to keep con men, liars and sociopaths off the streets... the only thing they are good for, is stuffing sinkholes...

    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy

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