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Does AutoNation want Tesla dealerships?

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by CapitalistOppressor, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. CapitalistOppressor

    CapitalistOppressor Active Member

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    Ya, not really a review which is why I didn't post it in this thread, but I seriously considered starting a new thread for it because it's a super interesting story.

    I very much got the sense that Mike Jackson would love to have the opportunity to sell Tesla's. When asked about Fisker he said flat out he wasn't interested in selling their cars (and he politely trashed the Karma). But when asked about Tesla dealerships his answer was that AutoNation "had no way in" because Tesla is going with their company store strategy.

    The only "bad" thing he had to say about the Model S was that it was "expensive". It certainly is compared to a Toyota Yaris, but AutoNation sells a ton of high end cars that cost as much or more than Model S. So taken as a whole, I'd bet some dollars that AutoNation would be interested buying Tesla dealerships.

    Edit: Gonna go ahead and copy this message to a new thread.
     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I think it's good that traditional "dealerships" are interested in what Tesla has to offer (if he really is, and isn't just simply stating that it isn't an option either way). However, I think Tesla is better off with their own stores. They need to control as much of the user experience as they possibly can.
     
  3. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Agreed, but for someone who is essentially in competition with Tesla to say such nice things about the car is quite a statement Bout how good the Model S is. Here's a guy who is clearly not a fanboy or gear head and has every business reason to trash the car, and instead he praises it.
     
  4. AnOutsider

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    That, and that he seems to be a standup guy who can be objective with his comments and observations. Many people who, in that situation, would trash Tesla would do the complete opposite if the bits that affect their business were no longer there (especially if they were selling them).
     
  5. kcveins

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    #5 kcveins, Aug 22, 2012
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    Isn't TM using AutoNation for the trade-ins of those of us wanting to get rid of our ICEs when we get our Model S?
     
  6. ddruz

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    That's what I was told by the Tesla rep on the phone when I configured recently.
     
  7. Brian H

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    Customers benefit, too. The constraints on dealerships to be honest and client-oriented are indirect, and notoriously squishy. For TM stores, they're direct and rigid.
     

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