The Lone Star state has got both Tesla Motors and buyers of its Model S electric vehicles feeling like a bunch of outlaws. Texas has what's regarded as the most stringent laws prohibiting automakers from owning dealerships and is putting both Model S buyers and Tesla store and service-center operators through the proverbial wringer. There are ways around the law, though, as you can read on Green Car Reports.

In Texas, Tesla retail stores can't disclose prices, conduct test drives or even talk about financing options to prospective customers.

In Texas, Tesla retail stores aren't allowed to disclose prices, conduct test drives or even talk about purchasing or leasing options to prospective customers. In fact, Texas messes with Tesla service centers so much that they can't advertise themselves as, well, Tesla service centers and can't display Tesla logos, nor can they make service appointments (those must be done through Tesla's California headquarters). Meanwhile, Texas Model S buyers get their cars shipped to them with no license plates, with temporary registration, with no new-owner orientation and often with a layer of dirt on the sedans.

Tesla has delayed enforcement of similar laws in states like Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina, and CEO Elon Musk is ready to lobby Congress to get such laws changed on a federal level. Still, while Tesla has gone to Texas to try to sway legislators, the company has spent less than half of what dealership entities have spent in the state on lobbying efforts, leaving the status quo in place. Texas will revisit the dealership law in 2015.


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      GR
      • 1 Day Ago
      Gotta love those "low government regulations" in Texas... (sarcasm)
      nocommie11
      • 1 Day Ago
      Oh the dealers will definitely try to hold onto the outdated model with their teeth, but Texas will never let a new revenue of sales taxes slip away to some state like Commiefornia.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Day Ago
      Time to get rid of the century old franchise laws.
      Kevin Potts
      • 1 Day Ago
      Considering that Texas likes to boast of their capitalist ideology, this law reeks of anti-competitiveness.
        ezbakelovin
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Kevin Potts
        Actually it expands the opportunity for job and business growth. Think about it, these dealer networks provide many jobs as well as franchising opportunity for those with the know how.
      raktmn
      • 1 Day Ago
      If you want to buy a discounted Tesla directly from Tesla, goto a Tesla service center, and buy a discounted service loaner car. All of their loaner cars from their service department are for sale at a discount based upon miles and months in service.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Day Ago
      This in the state withe the most flag waving gun toting republicans always talking about freedom and less regulation, etc etc
        HollywoodF1
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Shiftright
        They're all about laws that benefit the good old Oil Industry. And, of course, a strong business group, like the Automobile Dealers Assoc., is going to do great in a red state.
        Tom
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Shiftright
        what's wrong with waving a flag and owning a gun?
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      Gotta smuggle those Teslas into Texas. :-)
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Spec
        Spec = Tesla coyote { Meet me at the mission at midnight we'll divvy up there... I got the pistol so I'll keep the pesos.... Yeah, that seems fair. } :-P
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Day Ago
      Ur a douche.
      Nick Kordich
      • 1 Day Ago
      "What's really being said" is a figure of speech, meaning the commenter (Michaele) is about to imply a meaning about an action or circumstance. The subject performing the action in this case would be the "Texas politicians," not Autoblog - the quoted material from the article just provides context.
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      OK . . . when Tesla eventually wins this fight, Elon Musk needs to hold a press conference and just say "Don't mess with Teslas!" and then drop the mike and walk off.
      Ben Crockett
      • 1 Day Ago
      Sounds like a case of "Don't mess with Texas" - from a political standpoint.
        Ben Crockett
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        Not sure why I got so heavily down rated there - Just meant that the current political party has a particular political agenda and sticking to it - be it good or bad. I didnt mean to infer a political position either way.
        Michaele
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        Nothing of the kind. it's politics and legal bribery.
          HollywoodF1
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Michaele
          Neither is rape or molestation. I guess you stand behind those institutions as well.
          Tom
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Michaele
          happens all over the world and all over the country. Its not anything new.
      Jake
      • 1 Day Ago
      So much knee jerk ignorance in one comment thread already.
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