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Massachusetts says Tesla can sell cars there

Discussion in 'News' started by DriverOne, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. DriverOne

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    In a win for common sense and consumers, Elon tweeted some good news: Twitter

    "Tesla was just approved for a full Class 1 Massachusetts Auto Sales License by a vote of 4 to 1. Much appreciated!"
     
  2. huntjo

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    Texas is next?
     
  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    I'm thinking Texas is a harder nut to crack. So what is a Class 1 Auto Sales License anyhow?
     
  4. huntjo

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    Bwuhioho
     
  5. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Massachusetts Auto Dealer Licensing Requirements at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple

     
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    Slid under that one.
     
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    1. They are the manufacturer, I guess they have no problem with that one.
    2. They will sell you a "used" Roadster, they meet requirement #2. They will take your vehicle in trade, albeit through a third party.
    3. They have their repair facility in Watertown. They don't really "sell" cars per se in the Natick mall, it's more an education center.

    I don't expect the MA auto dealers association to give up, they are a tenacious bunch. Doesn't matter though, they've already lost the battle to consumer sentiment.. Most consumers prefer Teslas model to the current "stealership" sales process anyway.
     
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    This is good. Wendy if you see this we are thrilled for you and all there, and glad you took a full year lease!
     
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    I think that site's wording is incorrect. From the actual books:

    And skimming Chapter 90 7N1/4 I didn't see anything relevant about location.

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    The long version: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section58

    And also relevant was section 59: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section59

    Another section was referenced but I don't recall what it was offhand and it's WAY too late for me to research it now. Tesla counsel said it was saying basically the same thing as Section 58's Class 1 requirements.
     
  10. Robert.Boston

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    GreenCarReports article on same.

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    You're correct, Ben. That's why I made sure, in my comments to the Board, to point out that Ira Audi has its sales location in Peabody but its service center in Danvers. While the two locations are only about a mile away, its the exception that proves that there is no legal requirement to have co-located sales and service. I expect most dealers colocate for three reasons:
    1. It's easier to maintain;
    2. Clerical and other staff can support both sides (e.g. cashier);
    3. Service customers cooling their heels while their cars are being repaired can browse the new cars. (Which is kind of odd, if you think about it: "You're here with your BMW to be serviced yet again; wouldn't you like to inflict yourself to more of the same?")
     
  11. sublimaze1

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    Any firm proof that Elon et al is working Texas as hard as they worked MA?
     
  12. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    #12 Al Sherman, Dec 11, 2012
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    AMEN! I guess at some "level" it's just business. It's certainly not the number 1 reason i have 2 reservations and will definitely buy the truck if it ever comes to fruition but these people DISGUST me. Some of the worst days of my life have been spent at car dealerships. I believe in my heart that Tesla is and WILL be different. I pray that I'm right. Really, I do.
     
  13. Robert.Boston

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    Tesla's internal legal counsel at the hearing last night was Dan Connelly (I think I got that right)--flew up from Texas, I was told, because he has the greatest experience on franchise issues. You don't hear many Texas twangs at a New England town meeting!
     
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    All righty then!
     
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    TSLA Investor Discussions - Page 396

     
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    Something about this made me chuckle.
     
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    The text of the bill is found here: Bill H.241


    I urge any MA residents to write to their state rep and state senator voicing, asking for their support on this bill. We know the car-dealer lobbyists will be swinging hard against it.
     
  20. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    I bet they wish they had never filed the first lawsuit, it just woke everybody up to the fact that the dealer laws are for the dealers only.
     

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