Texas Dealership Owner With 40 Years in the Business Says It’s Time to Let Tesla In
MAY 3 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY
But there seems to be even more evidence that Tesla Motors has significant support on its side, as witnessed in an Op-Ed post written by Sterling McCall, a 40-year veteran in Texas’ automotive dealership industry. McCall, a successful franchise auto dealer in Texas, wrote an extensive article for the Houston Chronicle, which we’ve presented in condensed form below.
“As a 40-year franchise automobile dealer in Texas, I think it’s time we updated our laws to better embrace competition and reflect the realities of today’s marketplace.”
“It’s a change that’s needed because manufacturers like Tesla don’t fit the traditional model for a volume retail dealership, not having or needing the full and extensive range of service, parts, new and used vehicle departments.”
“We ought to welcome competition – and the innovation – that Tesla brings, just as dealerships already compete to sell more gas-powered, hybrid and natural gas vehicles from the country’s larger manufacturers.”
“The changes being considered by state leaders in Austin represent a sensible approach that would not harm existing automobile franchise dealer arrangements but would offer tremendous benefits to consumers and to our state’s larger economy.”
So, if a seasoned dealer welcomes competition from Tesla, then what’s the hold up?
We strongly urge you to follow the link below to read McCall’s post in its entirety.