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    • Markos Giannopoulos

      “The dealers have embarked on a sophisticated public relations/advertising campaign each session when a Tesla direct-sale bill is being considered,” says Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg. “They argue that thousands of jobs would be lost if it was allowed, although they provide no evidence of that happening elsewhere.”

      “They’re the legislators’ best friends,” says Becker of the EV Club. “What some dealers do is, they’ll actually man the campaigns. They’ll have a campaign headquarters in their dealerships. There’s one dealer who’s actually running the campaign for someone who’s running for governor.”

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      Why you can’t buy a Tesla in some states (Yahoo Finance) 

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      I'm not sure the problem is "government" when lobbying of specific corporate interests are what is causing these laws to continue to exist. It's not like any state decided to put up these laws just for the sake of having more regulations :D

    • This is not just about Tesla, if Tesla was allowed to bypass the franchise system it would be the end of dealerships. The real question is, why should the franchise system exist in the first place? Why was it invented?

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      In short, car companies initially wanted to focus on making cars and outsourced selling and services. Then the dealerships lobbied for decades to create protectionist laws. The article goes in full details on the history of this.

    • I think the article does a good job at articulating the reasons not to have a franchise system. But not as good a job at reasons to have a franchise system. Note, I don't have a dog in this hunt. I can buy a Tesla anytime I want.

      Here is an article that takes the other perspective a bit further.

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