If you’re not familiar with Tesla cars, they’re pricey electric cars which have lately been out-selling comparable Mercedes, BMW, and Audi models. And yes, it’s Tesla as in that Tesla.
Tesla also sells its cars in a unique way: They don’t use dealerships. Instead, Tesla has stores where employees can tell you all about the sample models they have on site, but cannot discuss purchasing details or let you take a test drive. Buyers order the car directly from the Tesla website, which saves a lot in dealership fees and makes the electric cars far cheaper.
The problem is that some states, like North Carolina, want to make this model of car sales illegal.
Not coincidentally, the sponsor of NC’s particular bill got $8,000 in campaign contributions from a car dealer association last year.
The free market this is not — in fact, it’s blatant corruption.
Tesla should be able to sell its cars however it pleases, so long as company and purchaser alike are satisfied, whether that involves cutting out the dealer or requiring purchasers to play laser tag on trampolines or anything in between.