NC DMV Has Stopped Tesla Sales In The Charlotte Area


Well, so much for trying to purchase my new Tesla from the Tesla Motors store here in Charlotte, NC. North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has set a rule that Tesla Motors cannot sell, take orders, or deposits for Tesla vehicles and has blocked them from trying to sell them at any new facility. If you still want to purchase one, you do have the ability, but you’ll be driving close to three and a half hours to Raleigh, North Carolina, which is able to sell directly to customers. This may be the whole reason why the Charlotte location may be blocked from offering the Model S or Model X.

A state law for North Carolina prohibits any auto manufacturer from selling directly to customers, unless said car maker (Tesla in this case) is able to secure an exception. That means it’s only going to work if that car company shows that offering the vehicles directly will benefit consumers. Yes, it’s benefiting consumers because they’re working directly with the car manufacturer and not a third party. Plus, those consumers will learn more about the car they’re buying than they would buying it from someone who works at CarMax. Tesla did, however apply for that exception in Charlotte although a bunch of local car dealers and North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association objected to the request. A two day hearing from the DMV rejected the exception from Tesla.

DMV hearing officer Larry Green said:

Not only did Tesla fail to make its case that selling its own cars would be in the best interest of the public, but there was also a local alternative.

Green also went on saying that of four local dealers, three of them would be “willing” to sell Telsa cars. Tesla can appeal to the DMV commissioner in Raleigh and if that fails, Tesla can take the North Carolina DMV to court especially if the Raleigh location can stay open and not the Charlotte location too.

What are your thoughts about NC DMV stopping sales from the Charlotte Tesla location, but not the Raleigh location? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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