Tesla Challenges Jersey Car Regulations

Wants to sell directly to consumers, instead of through dealers.

The conflict is simple: Electric car-maker Tesla Motors wants to sell its vehicles directly to the Jersey car-buying public. New Jersey officials want Tesla to use dealerships, under state laws that really, truly aren’t about preserving the livelihoods of the state’s car-dealers but most assuredly are about accountability to consumers. Or so they say.

In any case: “Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey’s ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. The notice, filed last week to the state appellate division, seeks to overturn regulations imposed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission that require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed. Those regulations, proposed last fall and implemented last month, effectively will prohibit Tesla from using its direct-sales model. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has been selling cars at two locations in New Jersey for about two years.” (AP)

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  • Bob

    Ahh, government deciding how a transaction between citizens should be conducted. Great way to promote innovation. Here’s another idea, make a law that says people can’t pump their own gas too.

  • I bought my Tesla at the Short Hills Mall, where I test drove it and did all the “paperwork” on my iPad. It was the easiest, hassle-free auto transaction I ever took part in, and Christie is just mucking things up for NJconsumers and for Tesla.

  • connied

    someone should tell the car dealerships that we trust the manufacturer way more than we trust car salesman. It’s unbelievable that in today’s informed-consumer market we are STILL forced to be humiliated and play games with the car salesman as he goes to talk to the “manager” to get us a “special deal.” my god! everyone involved in the little stupid dance is fully aware that it’s a charade used to simply wear a consumer down, but there’s few other options except private sales, if you looking to buy used. A few years ago i had a car salesman run up to my car and knock on the window yelling he can give me an EVEN BETTER price if i would just come back in, as i was pulling out of the car lot.
    I went home and took a shower. the whole experience feels slimy and dirty.