After the most recent announcement from Michigan that blocks sales and even talking about Teslas in galleries, It’s time for a different strategy. What we need is something to give state legislatures an incentive to do the right thing.
Few things can get a state’s attention more quickly than that state’s automobile dealer association than the loss of tax revenue. And the sales tax on a Tesla “ain’t a lightweight tax”.
I’ve lived in different states and once or twice near the state line in those states. People looking to buy a new car often drove across state lines to purchase the car. Sometimes it was to save a few dollars or better customer service. In those states the buyer had the option to pay the sales tax with the purchase of the car or postpone paying the sales tax by proving they lived in another state. Then when they got back to their home state they paid the sales/use/property tax there in order to register. But if the owner provided proof they had already paid the tax with the purchase of the car, their home state didn’t require payment of tax again. Or they were credited for part of the tax paid and paid a difference.
So, if the state won’t let Tesla sell or display/show/discuss Teslas, then the state certainly doesn’t deserve the tax revenue. If that state legally loses out on the revenue, maybe they will see the light so to speak and change their law about allow Tesla to sell.
I know this is not going to work every where in every state. So please don’t jump down my throat about how bad an idea it is or that it won’t work or it won’t work for long. If it works once or twice and gains a little media attention it might cause some of these states to change their attitude toward Tesla. Hey, I am not making any money from trying to give the idea some visibility.
If you are having a problem buying a Tesla in your state, you might want to consider this for the good of TM and buyers that come after you. I think this is going to take a little research in your state to make sure you don’t get double taxed. I am expecting a lot of comments for this idea. Let’s try to skip all the negative about how it won’t work and concentrate on how we can make it work or where we can make it work.