The National Automobile Dealers Association seeks a meeting with management at Tesla Motors...

The National Automobile Dealers Association seeks a meeting with management at Tesla Motors (TSLA +1.9%) over the company's plan to bypass the traditional dealer model to sell cars. Though the electric vehicle automaker has already been sued twice by state auto dealer groups over the issue, a defiant Elon Musk seems more determined than ever for his company to go its own way.
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  • Nick Butcher
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    "NADA has serious concerns about Tesla’s intentions,” Chairman William Underriner said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “We are seeking a meeting with Tesla executives, including its CEO Elon Musk, to discuss these concerns."




    Hark! 'tis the keening whine of a worthless parasite on a business model that's in the midst of disruption. I'm sure they do have a whole mess of lawyers in washington. Most worthless rent seeking industries do. Doesn't mean they'll win. Tesla is a new brand and a new company. Dealerships have done nothing to build it, nothing to promote it, and have no moral claim to it. Certainly the consumers best interests are not served by an entirely parasitic middleman.
    24 Oct 2012, 07:39 AM Reply Like
  • tomtom02
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    As a share holder in Tesla I certainly agree with Nick Butchers
    very much to the point comment.
    24 Oct 2012, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    Totally agree.


    Many of the lawyers are actually on the state level though.


    Porsche, actually tried to make all it's dealers "Company Owned" stores back in the late 1980's


    Legal hurdles proved too cumbersome, and they failed as a result.
    24 Oct 2012, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • JRP3
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    The gang of crooks is getting worried.
    24 Oct 2012, 09:39 AM Reply Like
  • Williams87
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    I would think that in this venue, even Nick Butcher and John Peterson would agree!
    24 Oct 2012, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • garysoaring
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    A couple of things we can agree on: When Thomas Edison invented an electric light in the gas-lamp era, he came up against the same sort of consortium when trying to introduce his electric light. The gas folks tried every "legal" means to block the new enterprise! And then when Nikola Tesla came up with AC power, it was Thomas Edison who tried to sabotage the viability of AC power by parading around the country electrocuting animals in front of crowds to show how dangerous AC power was compared to his DC power. The point being that everyone wants to protect their turf, and the auto thugs are no different!
    25 Oct 2012, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • 123man
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    It appears the herd worried because Tesla has accomplished its goals with no advertising of any sort - no billboards, no TV or radio adds - simply gutting it out to the benefit of those whose interests align with Musk's - unheard of, can't be done, and yet here we are - all the more reason to line up behind Elon and vigorously support Tesla - call and send letters to our state and federal congressmen in support of Tesla's business model -
    24 Oct 2012, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • juicejack
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    At the Tesla store in Santa Monica on Monday, I asked the employee about how this affected sales in California. He said there was a problem in some states, but not here.


    Nice car, by the way. I'm over six feet tall, and there was at least five or six inches of head room for the driver. My wife sat in the back seat and commented favorably on the leg room and the flat floor!


    Go Tesla!
    24 Oct 2012, 01:33 PM Reply Like
  • Dan Fichana
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    If I remember correctly I read a while ago that the act of buying a car through a dealer adds between 1,000 and 2,000 for the price of a new car.
    It makes sense that Tesla is cutting out the middlemen, less people making a profit off the car means more profit for Tesla or offering the car at a lower price or both. It's to the advantage to the consumer
    24 Oct 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • TikiManProd
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    If these 'car dealers' are THAT concerned over one EV car maker, that's a good sign that TESLA is well on its way to complete domination!


    However, just to be legal… Tesla ‘SHOWROOMS’ are NOT dealerships! Thus, they are NO different than any other automaker ‘showing’ their cars at shopping malls, fairs, events, car-shows, etc. The only difference is Tesla pays a little extra to show their cars in a FAR more stylish way! In NO WAY what-so-ever does the staff at ANY of Tesla’s numerous showrooms pressure, bother, or try to sell you ANYTHING! If you want their help buying a Tesla, they will only answer questions, and tell you who to contact to buy a one. Thus they are nothing close to a ‘DEALER-ship’.


    Even the most a first year law student could have these lawsuits tossed out of court! However, the publicity is doing FAR more GOOD for Tesla, than harm! So my hats off to them!
    24 Oct 2012, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • JosePelon
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    Great news. . . I can not wait to get mine.
    The Tesla staff were most helpful.
    I went to a GM dealer to check out the Volt. I was a joke .. few of the sales people could tell you anything and the one who claimed to have the answers DID NOT> Typical in that dealer model .
    You go Tesla.
    24 Oct 2012, 11:01 PM Reply Like
  • molester
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    Grayguy; I hade the privilege to take ride in the sport coupe,what a thrilling experience zero to 65 in 6 seconds.
    24 Oct 2012, 11:01 PM Reply Like
  • gethigh
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    You tell `em Nick! Screw the parasites! You gotta earn what you get paid.
    25 Oct 2012, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • garysoaring
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    43 years in material, process, and product development. Also a TESLA driver for some 50,000 trouble-free, fun-filled miles!
    25 Oct 2012, 12:43 PM Reply Like
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