Add Missouri to the list of states that Tesla is fighting an uphill battle in.
Auto dealerships in the state filed a suit to block the American electric automaker’s direct-to-consumer sales approach and the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is also accusing the Department of Revenue and its director, Nia Ray, of violating Missouri law by allowing Tesla to sell its vehicles in the state without a franchise dealer. The association is requesting that Tesla’s license is not renewed for its current University City store and wants the state department of revenue to prohibit granting the company other dealers throughout the state.
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Tesla opened its University City store in June 2013 and has installed multiple charging stations in the state. The company has issued a statement similar to what it has done in the past with other states calling in question its sales model. Like other states, the auto dealerships don’t mind Tesla’s being sold, they just want it done through traditional dealerships.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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