Published on May 22nd, 2014 | by James Ayre


Tesla Wars — Where Can Tesla Sell Direct To Customers? New Infographic Has You Covered

May 22nd, 2014 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Not completely clear on the present state of Tesla’s war with the dealership associations? Not sure in which states Tesla sales are legal, and in which states Tesla is barred from direct sales?

Don’t worry, Mojo Motors has you covered with its nice new infographic on the subject (Thanks to @MaxKats88 for passing it along). The infographic clearly shows which states have banned direct sales, and which are open for business. Enjoy. 🙂

tesla sales map

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  • All those fighting direct sales will soon look like fools. I have yet to see a rational legal or qualitative argument for disallowing direct sales.

  • orbitly

    Just because they aren’t technically allowed to doesn’t mean they don’t. Only a few states actually have stopped Tesla, forcing them to make the sales in neighbouring states (with sales tax going to the state the customer isn’t in, of course).

  • Sean

    Surely they can get around this by having Ipads with the tesla website, and just call their dealerships “experience centers.”
    I dont think people are too concerned with online shopping – and it rubs in the face the states who dont want to accept the sale tax.
    A whole bunch of huge screens with the tesla website up (defaulting back to price tags) would avoid the whole issue.

    • mike_dyke

      In cutting down the range of cars to a short list that you want to buy, then websites/pictures can help a lot. Unfortunately it’s the next stage of doing a test drive where they can’t really help you. Cars which look good and tick all the right boxes on paper can be completely wrong for you. e.g. I’m 6ft and my wife is 5ft – we need a car which will fit both our heights.

      • Sean

        Which is where an “experience center” would be great, you could look at the cars as static exhibits, and then go to the mall carpark to give them a test drive.

        • mike_dyke

          Now I understand.
          That might work, but I’m not certain of the legal side of when a “sale” is not a “sale”.
          Anyone know?

  • CMCNestT .

    Portland Oregon and Indianapolis Indiana have Tesla stores.

    • ridgelawrence

      Texas has 3, still not allowed to talk finances or sell directly, only can point customer to their website.

      • CMCNestT .

        Texas has galleries not stores. Galleries can talk price,sell directly, or even let you sit inside the cars. Stores can.

        Portland and Indianapolis have Stores not Galleries.

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