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nametaken writes: From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It’s aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

[The article adds] it’s easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla’s Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don’t need the middle-men as much as they thought.

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North Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

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    The license was denied by the DMV commissioner despite the fact that the hearing officer recommended granting the license. The buggy-whip mindset prevails.

  • I believe every single state requires that cars be sold through dealers, not direct by manufacturers. If not all, at least most of them.

    • Totally wrong !
      In many states there is no such issue (California), and on some that used to have such a law, the law in question was thrown out (Texas).
      The basic idea should be that once a car company decides to sell through a dealership network, it can't bypass them, it would be unfair competition, however Tesla has no dealership network, and intends to sell only directly to consumers in the US, so it shouldn't be forced to sell through dealerships just because the dealerships want it to. Tesla cars are al

      • It's funny to see the heavily republican states (except for Texas) one by one giving Tesla a hard time, where's the market freedom and low regulation you preach so much ? How about putting your money where your mouth is ?
        The fact is the GOP is actually more corrupt than the Democrats.

        • Good grief. If you think you can see different levels of corruption in the political parties, you are part f the corruption.

          I give Occupy Wall Street A for recognizing Wall Street corruption, F for thinking that the government actually would want to do something about it. You sound about as politically competent.

        • Correction, Tesla today can sell cars online into Texas (from California), but still can't open their Tesla showrooms that showcase the car and works towards convincing more customers to put a deposit to get in line to get the beautiful Tesla Model S.

          North Carolina is trying to prevent Tesla from doing both !

      • Do you have any reliable source of data for this? I have never paid much attention to it, since I don't sell cars, and my last info was years ago. I suppose things can change over a long enough period.

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