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Gov. Abbott speaks against Tesla direct sales

Discussion in 'Texas' started by TexasEV, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. TexasEV

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    Interviewed on Bloomberg Radio today Gov. Abbott said “Texas has a very robust, very open, very effective automobile sector that seems like it’s working quite well the way that it is. If you’re going to have a breakdown in a car, you need to have a car dealership there to make sure that the vehicle is going to be taken care of. We haven’t seen that from Tesla.”

    Texas Isn’t Open for Tesla’s Direct Auto Sales, Abbott Says - Bloomberg Business

    WTF? Has anyone had a vehicle break down and Tesla didn't take care of it? Doesn't he know that Tesla has service centers in Texas, not just galleries? Or if it's the small number of locations he claims to be concerned about, that's a catch-22. Tesla offered to limit the number of its sales and service locations in the bill earlier this year as a concession to TADA, not that it did any good.

    It appears he's another free market Republican who makes exceptions for markets controlled by his contributors.
     
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    He is just an ignorant politician who says what his campaign contributors tell him to say.
     
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    There is also the detail that you don't need a car dealer for your car to be taken care of. There must be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of non-dealer car service/repair shops in the USA.
     
  4. markb1

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    And none of those repair shops will service a Tesla, at least not for anything major. Tesla's hostility to third-party repairs undermines their stance on direct sales.
     
  5. NOLA_Mike

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    And I, for one, don't need some self serving politician to protect me from Tesla's "hostility". Open up the market and I'll decide with my dollars whether I want to buy from Tesla or from one of the dealers.
     
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    #6 ggies07, Jul 14, 2015
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    Yeah, he's protecting his own interests and getting dealership and service center terms mixed up. First, EVs have less maintenance, we all know this, and second, if it does need attention, a small service area will suffice.

    I can't stand this state's politicians and can't wait for the consumers to make them look like idiots with the Model 3.
     
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    I see Perry has performed a masterful job of handing off the hypocrisy baton to his predecessor. Welp.......no Tesla truck factory for The Lonestar State.
     
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    #8 ggies07, Jul 14, 2015
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    Actually, that crazy ass man has been on tv saying times are changing and thinks Texas needs to look into updating its car buying laws.

    Found the video:

     
  9. purplewalt

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    It only is his first year in Office (as Governor), and he will be in office three and a half more years (4 year term).
    Plenty of time for him to share more of his worldly and insightful facts, glad-hand a few of his deep dozen pocket contributors so that he can retain his crystal clear vision how well Tesla maintains their customer's vehicles.
    And sure enough, because Gov. Abbott says it, it must be the truth.
    Or at least his version of it.
    Plenty more time for him to clarify his remarks.

    His statement "...We haven't seen that from Tesla," is plainly false.

    Tell you what Gov. Abbott, either provide certified data to verify and confirm what you have said or Shut Up.
    And keep your biased opinions to yourself.
    Good Ole Boys tell some whomping lies.

    Another Embarrassment to Texas, and there have been some real whoopers.


    smh...
     
  10. TexasEV

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    Not that it's relevant at all to direct sales, but the Texas franchise laws prohibit independent repair shops from doing warranty work. That has to be contracted to the franchised dealers. It's one of the main reasons why TADA is so proud of its "bulletproof" franchise law, restricting competition in service not just sales.

    Anyway I wouldn't want any third party repairs of a Tesla yet. Something goes wrong, and its "Tesla" in the scare headline not the independent repair shop.
     
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    I love how "that crazy ass man" :biggrin:conveniently talked this B.S. as he was heading out the door....
     
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    I agree with you. I brought it up because I want Tesla to get their act together, so they can be in a better position to fight for direct sales.
     
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    The 7/15 NPR show Texas Standard (texasstandard.org) did a little trailer on this beginning about 47:50 asking for comment on the amusing disconnect about Gov. Abbott supposed pro-business while blocking Tesla.

    Might be a good opportunity to sound off on "the Texas Tesla treatment" example of pro-busines.
     
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    Do you think he is really pro-oil and therefore needs to be anti-EV?
     
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    No, oil has nothing to do with it. He's pro-campaign contributors, which include large contributions from auto dealers individually and TADA. The same crew that killed the Tesla bill this year.
     
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    We need someone rich to fund an opposition candidate during the next primary.
     
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    Isn't he the same one who thinks the US Army is going to take over Texas and impose marshal law? IIRC he's got the Texas National Guard watching the US Army exercises just in case.
     
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    Watch out, you may get what you as for, like maybe a wealthy real estate developer. Oh, you mean Texas... well most likely an opposition candidate would go further right in Texas!
     
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    Good comment shown on Teslarati: Texas Governor Snubs Tesla .... Again - TESLARATI.com

     

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