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Rhode Island Law - Tire repair kit must be included

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by EricB-RI, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. EricB-RI

    EricB-RI Member

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    Looking for a shop to install my winter tires here RI and I came across this law:

    31-4-11. Sale of automobiles – Required equipment.

    (a) No automobile shall be sold, whether new or used, by a dealer, at wholesale or retail, unless the automobile is equipped with a spare tire and a jack, both of which must be functional and operational. The provisions of this section shall not apply:

    (1) To an automobile equipped with tires that without any tire air inflation permit vehicle operation for at least fifty (50) miles at speeds up to at least fifty-five (55) miles per hour; or

    (2) An automobile equipped with a factory installed tire repair and inflation system.

    (b) A violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.

    History of Section.
    (P.L. 1985, ch. 82, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 257, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 286, § 1.)


    Guess I’ll be calling for my FREE tire repair kit.
     
  2. Chickenlittle

    Chickenlittle Active Member

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    You are so smart or cheap. Glad I can afford to buy a tire repair kit on my own. How long have you waited for one?
     
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  3. glide

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    Tesla isn’t a “dealer” so good luck with that.
     
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    Wow. RI native here, but not lived there for a long time. This is a recent law as you can see. I didn’t know any USA states had this, thought the discussion/accessory option for this was for mostly overseas.

    Learn something every day!

    Edit: and this technically means all Teslas sold in RI need run flats or whatever an ‘inflation system’. An air bottle?

    (Yes, yes, no ‘dealers’, doubt that will pass legal muster.)
     
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  5. MXWing

    MXWing Well-Known Member

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    Are you a millennial by chance?
     
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  6. EricB-RI

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    Not quite sure what this question means? Are you a rich arrogant hipster Tesla owner?
     
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    Honestly, I'm not putting too much effort into this. I've submitted a note through the form on their website. Let's see!
     
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  8. ewoodrick

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    Easy solution, Tesla can just selling cars there.

    After all, it's Rhode Island, probably only loosing a handful of sales.

    Protectionary state laws should be removed.
     
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  9. TexasEV

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    Tesla doesn’t have a store in Rhode Island yet, so they haven’t “sold” any cars there. Sales to Rhode Island residents are occurring elsewhere.
     
  10. glide

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    It doesn’t matter if they have a store or not. They do not fall under the moniker of “car dealer” so all of this is moot if you just read the quoted text of the law.

    OP isn’t getting that repair kit.
     
  11. Surfer

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    It’s just a reg. Why all the fireworks? I hope he gets that kit.
     
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  12. ewoodrick

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    You may know more than I do, but I don't think that we can just discount that under RI law, that Tesla does not qualify for one of the listed categories. Very possibly, but its a lawyer thing.
     
  13. glide

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    I do know that Tesla does not have a “dealership” anywhere in the US.

    I also know the RI law, as written, applies to dealers.

    This isn’t a difficult one to figure out and is not a “lawyer thing”.
     
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    Let me see... I bought a plug kit for less than $20, bought a 12v. air pump for about $20. But the good old boys in RI say I must have a spare tire. They make 'em for Teslas. Probably won't fit in the frunk .

    You know how many flats I've had in the last 30 years? NONE. I had a slow leak on my Model S which I fixed with a T handle and a piece of sticky rope (from my tire repair kit) in my driveway without taking the tire off. That's what usually happens: hit a nail, a week later Tesla dash notes I have <35 psi in my right front. Sure enough, a screw.

    I'm retired, but it looks like you guys have way more time than I do. Thankful I don't live under the backwards aegis of RI lawmakers.
     
  15. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    And it's an out-of-state purchase anyway, so RI law doesn't apply to the sale.
     
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    I don't think it's about poor, rich smart or other. I think the real question is why on earth does the state of RI feel they need to pass such a law? Are there that many people in RI that can't figure out how to be prepared? Heck, what's next. All cars should come with a shovel and cat litter along with a few water bottles and a blanket? I think that's what the OP is really addressing, the craziness of such a law.
     
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    Absolutely crazy a state would pass a pro-consumer law. The nerve of these people. They should instead increase petrol subsidies and decrease health care.
     
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  18. TexasEV

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    Not quite correct. Tesla doesn’t have franchised dealerships, but in many states their stores are required to be licensed as “dealers” because of the way the states’ laws are written that’s required to sell cars. It’s trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, but necessary because the laws never envisioned a manufacturer selling cars directly to consumers. Those states don’t prohibit it, they just don’t address it and assume that all businesses selling cars are “dealers” so they’re defined as such and require dealers license. Many of Tesla’s state by state legal battles have been over their ability to get a dealer license when the dealer association tries to prevent it.
     
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  19. lensovet

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    Actually Tesla’s repair kit is decent because it works both as a stand-alone pump and as a repair bottle: Model S/X/3 Tire Repair Kit

    Genuinely don’t understand the flaming on this thread. Like of all the things to get outraged over, this is it? Really?

    Personally I was surprised that Tesla supplies non-run flat tires *and* no repair kit with the car. A car that starts at 50k no less.
     
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  20. Chickenlittle

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    Actually be careful with repair kit. First is temporary and second, with modelX tires, use of repair kit does not allow tire plug. If you use it on that tire you will be buying a new one. Tesla service comes out and swaps tire for you
     
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