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I'm new to the board, been lurking for a few months now. Love the company, the guy behind it, and "sustainable energy".
So I gather from the original post is that Tesla can't build a store in this state? I clicked on that linked on the first page and told me my senators are Hutchison and Cornyn. So I just call them up and asked for a change to the law?
Welcome. They do have a store in Houston but can't talk to you about selling the car. This is really a state legislative issue so directing efforts there instead of towards US senators might be worth it. It would be interesting to see what Cornyn's office said and see if they could help push things along at the state level.
Please make that phone call.
The unofficial gist is: non-private sales of automobiles in the stae of Texas must be sold through a dealership
Tesla does not use that model.
I would start your phone conversation (which will be a return call, not that initial call) with: "I tried to buy an American made car in Texas yesterday and was told I could not do that because of a law ... can you help me?"
I'll start my calls today. Just to start setting expectations for the rest of us, could some Texan who has recently received their car or is in the process go through the steps? Specifically can you confirm:a) that payment must be made in before Tesla will ship the car, b) that taxes won't be included on the paperwork from Tesla and as a result, lenders won't include taxes on in the loan amount, c) whether or not a Tesla Delivery Specialist was allowed to accompany the car and if not, if they showed up later or how much later.
P3,339: 60 kWh, blue/gray/lacewood, 19 inch wheels, tech package, sound package, air suspension
Delivered: February 8, 2013
I wired tesla the money before they put it on the truck, as I guess the money can't change hands in Texas and its a truck driver delivering your car.
Taxes were not included in my paperwork. I was lucky enough to pay cash so I can't speak to the loan process. I had to go to the tax assessors office to register, pay taxes, and get my plates.
No delivery specialist. I read the manual, called HQ, and talked with my local service manager via phone.
Car is awesome, but to make it long term Tesla is going to have to do something about this.
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