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States' concerns about incentive program trigger change

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.
 

jbcarioca

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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.
 

liuping

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adiggs

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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

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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

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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

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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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