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States' concerns about incentive program trigger change

Bifff67

Member
Nov 2, 2011
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26
Northern Virginia
Tesla email to us today:

Various states have laws that were enacted to prevent rogue car salespeople. You can imagine an era when legislators were concerned about stereotypical “car salesmen” trying to sell cars without a license. At Tesla, we sell our cars differently. We don’t use traditional car dealers let alone rogue salespeople. However, our Referral Program has struck a chord with Virginia regulators, who have claimed that aspects of it do not comply with this type of law.

Our Referral Program was never designed to make you a salesperson. Nevertheless, due to the position taken by Virginia regulators, we are making one change to our Referral Program for our customers in Virginia. Now, when someone buys a new Model S through your referral link, the $1,000 credit that you were to receive in your Tesla account will instead go to the person receiving the referral. That person will now get $2,000 (instead of $1,000) off the purchase price. The program otherwise remains as described in Elon’s email to you.
 

AMPUP

Member
Mar 27, 2014
638
227
Dunn Loring, VA
Request - could the thread title be updated to reflect WHAT issue?

I guess the issue is Virginians don't get 1K in accessories, but buyers get 2K in savings. Virginia has to be the worst car friendly state.... Property tax, EV tax and this......shocking really. However, there are always pro's and cons for every state...
 

Bifff67

Member
Nov 2, 2011
290
26
Northern Virginia
Bonnie - hi - no - you have to work.

Amp - I just thought it thru and VA people and referral links are going to be the hot commodity for $2k. We are in fact going to be more the sales people!. I love the irony.
 

mibaro2

Member
Dec 2, 2012
959
8
Georgetown, ON
I wonder how Costco can get away with promoting $1000 off a new ford vehicle. Doesn't that make Costco a rogue sales person?
Can anyone confirm if Costco has that same promotion in Virginia?
(not sure if Costco does this in the U.S., but they do it here in Canada).
 

cgiGuy

Active Member
Jul 9, 2013
1,500
1,082
Everywhere, Nowhere
This is how Tesla should set it up for every referral in every state. I don't need accessories.. but I'd love to see more people buy this car. Also, it takes the "there's something in it for me" part out of the equation.
 

jbcarioca

Well-Known Member
Feb 3, 2015
5,127
23,631
Bonnie - hi - no - you have to work.

Amp - I just thought it thru and VA people and referral links are going to be the hot commodity for $2k. We are in fact going to be more the sales people!. I love the irony.
Unintended consequences are great when we like the results! Weird, because i have offered my Tesla-aspiring friends my $1000 as well as theirs. Were i to live in VA that would have been automatic and i could be a real car salesman! :cool: Good luck with your new career, Biff.
 

Bifff67

Member
Nov 2, 2011
290
26
Northern Virginia
Talking to the people in the Tesla store, they say the test for the license is easy. So if I (we?) are in fact licensed, does that work? Can you imagine the add'l Tesla headache? Never mind, I'm good just getting 2k to new buyers. ( I have 2 refs so far!)
 

adiggs

Active Member
Sep 25, 2012
4,210
11,538
Portland, OR
You can give it to the person who you referred to buy the Model S.

Unless there's something I don't know, the mechanics of doing so are less than stellar. You could write your friend a check for $1000, and get your money back later when you don't spend $1000 with Tesla that you would otherwise be spending. As the referrer, you are giving your friend cash in exchange for a limited duration Tesla gift card in the same amount. You're trading down on the quality of your money, so you're getting punished (a little bit - not a lot granted) for referring your friend and giving him your referral bonus.
 

TexasEV

Well-Known Member
Jun 5, 2013
7,642
8,470
Austin, TX
Unless there's something I don't know, the mechanics of doing so are less than stellar. You could write your friend a check for $1000, and get your money back later when you don't spend $1000 with Tesla that you would otherwise be spending. As the referrer, you are giving your friend cash in exchange for a limited duration Tesla gift card in the same amount. You're trading down on the quality of your money, so you're getting punished (a little bit - not a lot granted) for referring your friend and giving him your referral bonus.
Maybe you could just give him your gift card then?
 

AmpedRealtor

Well-Known Member
Jun 30, 2013
6,352
3,346
Phoenix, AZ
I agree with those who say give all $2,000 to the buyer. As an owner, I don't want to profit off of my love for the car and wanting to show it off to everyone I encounter. It doesn't feel right. I also think it will lend a lot more credibility to the program if Tesla makes this change. But give Bjorn his free Model X :)
 

liuping

Active Member
Jul 23, 2013
2,242
896
San Diego
Maybe you could just give him your gift card then?
Same problem. If I give them a $1000 gift card, I'm out $1000, which I may not get from Tesla in the form of service for a few years.

It would be nice if refers had the choice of a) keeping the $1000 in Tesla parts/service, b) transferring the $1000 in service/parts to the buyer, or c) giving the buyer an extra $1000 of the purchase price.
 

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