Submitted by TxFig on August 23, 2013
I am particularly interested in stories about how "Tesla can't sell cars in Texas" - but I can't seem to find a source for these stories that is unbiased and reliable (a "reddit thread" does NOT count as a reliable source). But in my searching, the rumors seem to indicate that this is an issue in other states as well.
Basic gist of the story/rumor is that "some states require auto sales to go through an independently owned dealership". Ok, I can buy that - Tesla can't run their own dealership in those states.
But the part of the rumor that I am having a hard time believing is that people can't order a car directly from Tesla over the internet and have it delivered just like any other product. Last I checked, states cannot regulate INTERSTATE commerce (this is regulated by the federal government - which has no such requirements for independent dealerships).
So - I am looking for an OFFICIAL statement (someone working for Tesla) as to this question:
Can I, a person who lives in Texas that has state laws restricting car sales to locally owned dealerships, *somehow* buy a Tesla car?