For many years, auto dealerships have been the “middle man”
between auto manufacturers and consumers. While some may see middle men
as nuisances, when it comes to auto sales, dealerships often act as an
advocate on behalf of the consumer.
In Connecticut, around 80 dealerships have rallied against the up-and-coming
luxury electric auto manufacturer Tesla Motors, which is seeking to gain
the right to sell directly to consumers in the state. These auto dealerships
argue that giving Tesla the right to direct sales would not only put numerous
dealership employees out of work, but endanger the rights of consumers
who purchase the vehicles.
Tesla motors is facing similar resistance in Missouri and other states
where franchising laws are in effect.
Auto dealerships in Connecticut argue that they do not have costs associated
with warrantees, recalls, or Lemon Law issues under state franchising
laws. They are paid to do the work and are therefore consumer advocates.
Under a direct sales model, manufacturers
would have such costs. Therefore, franchising laws protect consumers who purchase
vehicles from dealerships versus buying them directly from manufacturers.
This is not the first time that Tesla has been in a legal dispute with
auto manufacturers or lemon law attorneys. One car owner in Wisconsin
won a Lemon Law lawsuit against Tesla with the representation of an experienced
lemon law attorney. Tesla is also facing resistance of their direct-sales
model in Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia, and other states.
Direct Auto Sales & Lemon Laws
Have you purchased a Tesla Model S that has turned out to be a lemon? Whether
you are the owner of a luxury electric vehicle or a practical sedan, you
deserve to be compensated if you’ve been sold a lemon.
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20 years. I work directly with the dealerships and manufacturers to negotiate
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