Submitted by rbgliny on October 2, 2013
Just received this email - a reply from an email I sent a few months ago expressing my opinions on Virginia taking action to prevent TESLA from selling cars in their fair state. Not sure though what statutory requirements means to TESLA.
You previously expressed interest in Tesla’s request to operate a manufacturer-owned dealership in Virginia. The Commissioner would like to share this update in that matter.
The Commissioner is pleased that Tesla, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), through counsel, came to an agreement and avoided litigation regarding the operation of a Tesla dealership in Virginia. After the initial ruling, the parties to the hearing before DMV engaged in discussions and, after consideration of those discussions and additional information presented, the Commissioner could determine that Tesla may own a Tesla dealership in Northern Virginia. To operate as a dealer, Tesla must meet the statutory requirements applicable to dealers and obtain a license from the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.
Legal Services Analyst
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles