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2013 Tesla Model S: Would You Sign the Petition?

July 3, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors wants the ability to sell cars directly to consumers in all U.S. states without a dealer network.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that an "anonymous Tesla enthusiast" started a petition to put before President Obama. The petition has passed the required 100,000-signature threshold to merit a response from the White House.

States laws vary on the subject but, to simplify a complicated subject, franchise dealers are protected by state laws that prohibit manufacturers from selling and servicing automobiles directly.

What do you think should happen? Would you sign the petition ?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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By darthbimmer
on 07/03/13
6:28 PM PST

From a business standpoint, selling through privately owned dealerships is a valid business strategy that allow automakers to avoid excessive vertical integration of sales and repair channels and focus instead on the core competency of making cars. From a legal perspective, *requiring* cars to be sold through private dealerships is dealer market protectionism, pure and simple.

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