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More Informed Car Buyers Don't Need Salesmen, But 'Facilitators'

More Informed Car Buyers Don't Need Salesmen, But 'Facilitators'

Car buyers today have far more information than they did just 15 years ago, and they're using it. Google says that three-quarters of all auto shoppers now do hours of research before they ever visit a dealer. They can find some information on dealer invoice prices--though not necessarily all the... read more

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State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]

Where Can Tesla Legally Sell Cars Directly To You? State-By-State Map: LATEST UPDATE

Every month, and often more frequently, a new story appears about the state-by-state battle between Tesla Motors and auto-dealer lobbyists. In some states, Tesla is permitted... read more April 22, 2015 by 


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

How Maryland's Tesla Sales Bill Really Got Passed: Its Sponsor Tells The Story (Video)

Last week, barely minutes before it adjourned, the Maryland House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars from up to four stores... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Motor Trend 'Car of the Year' ceremony in New York City, Nov 2012

Tesla Had A Deal To Sell Itself To Google Til Musk Walked Away

Like any startup company, Tesla Motors has had crises where the electric-car maker came very close to financial collapse. One was in 2008, when its Roadster model was late in... read more April 20, 2015 by 


 
Larte Enigma body kit for Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Body Kit: Definitely Different, Range-Robbing Too?

Body kits--add-on components and replacements for a car's front and rear fascias and door sills--are often a good way for owners to make their vehicle stand out from the... read more April 17, 2015 by 


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

Tesla Sales Now Legal As Little Maryland Goes Big On Electric Cars

Well, add one more to the list of states where Tesla Motors can legally sell its electric cars--and do so without having to use franchised dealers. The Maryland General... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D, Apr 2015  [photo: David Noland]

2015 Tesla Model S 70D: First Drive Of New Electric Car Base Model

Last week, the new base version of the Tesla Model S, known as the 70D, hit the electric-car world like a thunderclap. No early-warning publicity, no teasing tweet from Elon... read more April 15, 2015 by 


 
New Honda of Seattle dealership (rendering), Mar 2015

Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

Tesla Motors' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S electric-car road trip, Route 66 Museum, Elk City, Oklahoma  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Motors Releases Quarterly Sales: 10,030 Cars Sold Globally Jan-Mar

Tesla Motors started deliveries of its all-electric Roadster more than six years ago. Since then, the Silicon Valley electric-car maker has released its sales data in various... read more April 3, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Owners Love Their Cars The Most Of Any Owners

It's no secret that many owners of the Tesla Model S love their cars--to the point of becoming evangelists for the brand, and sometimes for electric cars in general. But if... read more March 31, 2015 by 


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Almost as soon as it announced plans to build its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," Tesla Motors began to hint that it could be the first of many. After beginning construction... read more March 30, 2015 by 


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

Tesla Store Helpful, Enthusiastic; One Chevy Volt Dealer, Not So Much

It's long been known that getting some car dealerships to sell plug-in electric cars can be a challenge. Now, one reporter tested the thesis for himself, by visiting both his... read more March 27, 2015 by 


 
Better Place visitor center [photo: Brian of London]

Tesla Navigation Update Echoes Better Place System Of 3 Years Ago

It was another typically hyperbolic statement from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. A simple tweet on a Sunday afternoon claimed that Tesla was “About to end range anxiety... read more March 26, 2015 by 


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

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... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model X testing on California road, Mar 2015  [Twitter: ModelXnews]

Tesla Model X: Video, Spy Shots Of Prototype Testing On CA Roads

The Tesla Model X should be arriving in buyers' driveways within six months, if the company keeps to its latest schedule and starts delivering the all-electric SUV in the... read more March 23, 2015 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S 'Ends Range Anxiety' With Smart Navigation, Trip Planner

Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased us Model S owners with a tweet promising to “end range anxiety.” In a press conference this morning, Musk revealed... read more March 19, 2015 by 


 

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