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Houston, TX showroom announced

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  1. pgwoosley

    pgwoosley Member

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    Today's Houston Chronicle's business section, second page, says below a picture a Model S being assembled:
    "Living on Tesla Time
    "... Tesla will open a Houston retail store in the coming months where customers can design and order their own high-end, all-electric sports car. The store will be in the Houston Galleria and will be more like a traditional retail store than a dealership. In Tesla showrooms buyers can order a test drive, design certain features on a custom-made vehicle and place an order. The company owns and operates all of its stores and does not work with dealer franchisees. ..."
     
  2. tdelta1000

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    That's cool. How many stores is that now in the States?
     
  3. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I met the store manager at the Model S event. Very nice person. Glad they finally have a presence in Texas. I wonder how they'll set up service in Texas though with the Rangers.
     
  4. ryanjm

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    The baseball team is a little busy with the playoffs to be worrying about servicing Roadsters in their free time. :wink:

    Heh, sorry. I couldn't resist. :tongue:
     
  5. vfx

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    Yeah that was weird meeting him. You work exactly where???
    Now we know.
     
  6. kgb

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    #6 kgb, Oct 6, 2011
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    This answered a bunch of my questions. I have a dinner with my kid's school the same night, but I'm going to try to make it.

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  7. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    You think they could have planned this on a Friday night. I asked them to not put it during the week as that would make it harder for people outside Houston to attend. Oh well. Hope people have fun at the event.
     
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    How does this store relate to the Texas rule requiring independent dealerships?
     
  9. Bruno Suárez

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    Nice! I have been waiting for Tesla Motors to open a store in Texas. And it's in the city of Houston the energy capital of the United States of America (correct me if I'm wrong on that statement). Houston is well known for it's profoundly heavy emphasis on oil and natural gas. The immensely gigantic and astonishing irony. :smile:

    Go Tesla, GO!
     
  10. kgb

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    What I've been told is that no cars will be sold at these "stores" in Texas (until the law is changed). It is more of a showroom. When a Texas resident is ready to purchase, the sale takes place in California and the car shipped from California.
     
  11. doug

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    Well that's a way around it. So what about service?
     
  12. PopSmith

    PopSmith Saving for a Model 3

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    This is a complete guess but maybe they'll give Texas-based customers a reduced rate on Ranger service?
     
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    This would put Texans in an advantage over all the other federal states without such a law. Consider the consequences. Tesla shouldn't encourage bad legislation...
     
  14. vfx

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    So purchasers pay no local taxes on the household's second largest purchase?
     
  15. Mycroft

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    No, the way it usually works is the purchaser would not pay CA sales tax because they're not CA residents and the car isn't going to be registered there. Texas would collect the tax when the car is registered in TX. You have to prove that the car had been registered in a different state to avoid the tax.
     
  16. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Yeah. I had to pay 6.25% sales tax for my Roadster.
     
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    So all the tax and none of the convience of a local place to get it fixed. What a deterrent.
     
  18. doug

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    Tesla hopes to generate buzz at electric car gallery - Houston Chronicle

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  19. pgwoosley

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    Houston location to include charging points

    One of the executives told me that there would be roadster charging points in the parking garage below the store starting one day this week.
     
  20. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Sweet! HPCs at 70A?
     

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