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Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

Ah, satire. From Jonathan Swift's "modest proposal" to MAD Magazine in the formative years of many pre-teen boys, it serves as a bracing reminder of the absurdity of life. Fast forward to the ongoing state-by-state battles between Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state and national car-dealer... read more

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Vision for Lincoln dealership in China

Car Dealers: Innocent, Delicate, Fragile Blossoms, Apparently

"We're not gonna take it any more!" If you're of a certain age, that line likely brings back memories of a 30-year-old Twisted Sister song. You might be less likely to think... read more November 25, 2014 by 


 
Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

Car Dealers Fire Back: Why Negotiating Is Good For Car Buyers (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice... read more November 4, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It 'Haggling' Or 'Negotiating'?

Car dealers often come in for criticism, especially among electric-car advocates and Tesla Motors supporters who have watched state dealership lobbying groups make Tesla's... read more October 25, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

Are car dealers winning battles against Tesla Motors, and its direct-sales model, that will set them up to lose the bigger war? For almost five years, state dealer... read more October 17, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Iowa Dealers Shut Down Tesla Test Drives As Rep Humiliates Them

Sometimes you almost have to feel sorry for car dealers--or, more specifically, their ineptness at the public-relations end of their fight against electric-car maker Tesla... read more September 28, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla 'Will Prevail In All States' Against Dealer Lawsuits: Dealership Commentator

Have we just seen the first crack in the facade of auto-dealer opposition to Tesla Motors selling cars directly to retail buyers? An opinion piece in auto-industry trade... read more September 18, 2014 by 


 
Frame from 'A Good Deal for All' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), June 2014

Auto Dealers Try Charm: Why Tesla Direct Sales Hurt Buyers, They Say (Video)

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to buyers over the Internet, and the nation's auto dealers--who want to make that practice illegal--is... read more June 23, 2014 by 


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

Win some, lose some. Tesla's had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In... read more June 6, 2013 by  31


 
Elon Musk

Will Tesla Try For Federal Rule Permitting Non-Dealer Stores?

Several thousand Tesla owners have now purchased their cars by ordering and paying for them online after visiting a Tesla Store showroom. No franchised dealers are involved... read more April 18, 2013 by  16


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Tesla Gets Green Light To Open Store In Natick, Massachusetts

After more than an hour of discussion last night, the town selectmen of Natick, Massachusetts, voted 4-1 to grant a license to sell cars to Tesla Motors Massachusetts. The... read more December 11, 2012 by  10


 
Tesla's retail store concept

Injunction To Shut Tesla Store Denied In MA, Dealers To Fight On

Score one for startup carmakers trying to do things differently. Last Friday, a judge denied a request by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association for an... read more November 21, 2012 by  12


 
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display

Auto Dealers' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In

Tesla Motors is facing a formidable opponent it may not have sufficiently appreciated: the auto dealers of America, and their state associations. Tesla, you may remember, is... read more October 25, 2012 by  51


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Prices Drop For Used High-MPG Cars, June A Good Time To Buy

Like so many Americans, perhaps you've been thinking you really have to replace your old car this year. And maybe you're thinking your next car should get much better gas... read more May 30, 2012 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

Year-Old Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Worth 70 Or 95 Percent Of New Price?

There's lot of discussion about how the value of electric cars will hold up over time, depending on how long their expensive lithium-ion battery packs last and how quickly... read more May 29, 2012 by  30


 
Auto loan

More Doom & Gloom On Higher MPG Standards From Car Dealers

It's not news that new, higher fuel-economy standards will raise the cost of future cars in real dollars. Now a new study, funded by the National Automobile Dealers... read more April 17, 2012 by  12


 

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