Survey Results On “Should Tesla be allowed to sell cars directly in North Carolina?” A Touch Lop-Sided

MAY 23 2013 BY STATIK 14

North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly

Tesla has been fighting a high profile battle in North Carolina against that state’s dealership association, who are looking to enact Bill 327, which just passed through the Senate (unanimously) last week, and now heads to the House of Representatives

The bill would not only block Tesla from selling directly to customers via boutique dealer stores and employees but would also block Tesla from soliciting or communicating to customers via the Internet…which would be a big blow to Tesla’s sales model if adopted North Carolina, then spread to other regions.

Now the Triangle Business Journal has sought the public’s opinion on the matter by asking:

“Should Tesla be allowed to sell cars directly in North Carolina?”

The response is far from the unanimous opposition put forth by North Carolina’s paid representatives.  As of press, an overwhelming 98% of voters were in favor of just leaving Tesla alone.

 

The General Public Seems To Disagree With Local And State Legislator's Recent Decisions On Tesla's Business Practices

The General Public Seems To Disagree With Local And State Legislator’s Recent Decisions On Tesla’s Business Practices

 

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14 Comments on "Survey Results On “Should Tesla be allowed to sell cars directly in North Carolina?” A Touch Lop-Sided"

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Steve
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Steve

I wonder if they get campaign contributions from the state’s dealership association? Maybe that is who is really paying the “paid representatives.”

James
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James

No, like the Texas Auto Dealer Association, they work the tax angle on
the legislators. Auto dealers pay more sales tax and various other taxes
to states than nearly any other business.

Chris
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Chris

Tesla still has to pay sales taxes and employees Pay taxes same as a dealers would. This is simply a business model that is fighting in the legislature to ensure it’s continued survival rather than the supposed free market place. Now they are not alone in taking this tack other industries and business employ the same tactic and are by far too numerous to mention. What they are admitting is their model is outdated and would crumble if exposed to true market conditions.

Nelson
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Nelson

North Carolina politicians are trying to undermine our constitution. The Federal Government should not stand idle and take the matter to the Supreme Court.

Is Tesla currently restricted from selling the Model S in North Carolina via the internet or boutique?
If not, how many Tesla vehicles (Roadster & Model S) have been sold to North Carolina residents?
In other word how much sales do they stand to lose (just in NC) if Bill 327 becomes a State law?

NPNS!
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vdiv

Two questions, is that 98% representative of the total NC voting population, and would this issue be sufficient for them to vote the incumbents out or at least change their mind?

Unfortunately both answers are no.

Telsa may have to bootleg Model S cars from Tennessee 😉

MTN Ranger
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MTN Ranger

The bill is probably unconstitutional too. I’m guessing it will be contested early on if it is made into law.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddganos/2013/05/15/north-carolinas-threat-to-tesla-likely-unconstitutional/

Steven
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Steven

I’m amazed that the same people who scream for fewer economic regulations, are often the same people who want their special interest groups protected.