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An electric automaker hits a end created by state laws

states aid dealers and hurt by blocking or limiting Tesla direct sales of its electric (Antonio Perez, Chicago

Gov. Rick Perry is of saying that Texas is open for business. A couple of ago he was in Illinois offering hope to companies suffering from government regulation.

There is an route to economic freedom, he a route to Texas.

Tesla a new kind of car, which year was named Car of the Year by Trend. It also has a new way of selling to consumers, without going a franchised car lot.

It says the old system inflates the of buying a car. It has no faith in dealers, who mostly handle vehicles. How do you sell the future if business depends on the present? a official once asked.

But approach faces many No fewer than 48 states ban or direct sales of automobiles. states allow Tesla to its cars through company-owned

Some allow Tesla to showrooms but not sell cars in

Texas is virtually closed for The Austin American-Statesman reports: You can one of the two galleries Tesla Motors in the state one in Austin, the other in but employees can’t tell you how the car costs. They can’t you a test drive.

They can’t even you their website address. And if you buy the car is delivered by a third party in a that’s not allowed to have markings.

The state Senate in Carolina has approved a measure sales except through dealers. After Tesla a store near Denver, the legislature passed a law to prevent it opening any more. Illinois, by allows Tesla to sell at company-owned outlets.

The effort to direct sales comes existing car dealers, who like the they have. They to be trying to prevent unfair but the competition they prevent unfair only to those who from a protected market.

Bob Glaser, head of the North Automobile Dealers Association, The Associated Press, It’s a protection, and why we say that is a dealer who has a significant amount of capital in a is more committed to taking of that area’s customers.

But who will take better of an area’s customers is normally up to those customers. If Tesla them badly, it’s not to survive. Ask the former owners of retailers like Lillian and RedEnvelope, which went success to bankruptcy.


The correct about Tesla is that it so heavily on federal loans and tax aimed at promoting greater efficiency. But General Motors got help, too, and no one is trying to it.

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There is no reason to expect sellers to mistreat consumers. has become a $60 billion operation by them better or cheaper local stores. Michael made his fortune shipping directly to consumers.

At this direct sales are not a fearsome into the unknown.

Glaser another reason that the at Tesla should not be allowed to as they prefer. You tell me gonna support the little and the YMCA? he demanded. Tesla actually, it will not that youth athletics is, or should be, to do business in America.

A more honest assessment from Bill Wolters, of the Texas Automobile Dealers who fears that if they the franchise laws, it allows other manufacturer to come in and do Tesla is going to compete our family-owned businesses.

Among li’l ol’ businesses is Red Ford in San Antonio. McCombs to own the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota and his net worth is about $1.4 But never mind that.

when is compete a bad word in Texas?

This is not about consumers or even assuring the of Little League Baseball. about established businesses government power to enrich They get the express lane to and consumers get left by the side of the

Steve Chapman. a member of the editorial board, blogs at

Twitter @SteveChapman13

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