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Electric-car maker Tesla bucks traditional dealership network

LA Times -- When electric-car company Tesla Motors Inc. started selling its flagship Model S luxury hatchback earlier this year, it eschewed the traditional dealership network to open its own stores.

But that's not sitting well with U.S. auto dealers, who have controlled new-vehicle sales for nearly a century.

The nation's roughly 18,000 new-car dealers got a cut of every one of the 12.8 million new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year, from the biggest domestic sport-utility vehicle to the tiniest Japanese import. It's an exclusive arrangement that has made many of them very rich — and one that they're not about to cede to some tiny Palo Alto automaker.

Some individual auto dealers and regional associations have already filed lawsuits attempting to ....


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honda0105
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repeat? deja vue?
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 10:18:19 PM

HawaiianGuy - "This story is OLD news! Time to put this one to rest!"

So stop posting to it and bringing it back up to the top!
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 9:58:54 AM

It seems like I read this a while ago.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 8:50:54 AM

This story is OLD news! Time to put this one to rest!
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:51:07 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 7:26:55 AM

Yesterday's news
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 12:02:08 AM

What next everyone must sell their used vehicle on dealer lots??? You build it you sell it any way you want, for any price you want...

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TBONE3
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:53:42 PM

Had enough trouble with electric golf cart's batteries! No thankyou.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:51:23 PM

I am not really in for electric autos; however, under the circumstances I hope Tesla wins out! : )
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:46:55 PM

Shades of monopoly - thought Detroit swore an electric was no compotition!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:40:44 PM

Tesla + Volt = Failure!!!
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EV's, the pet rock of this generation!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:38:43 PM

no EV for me.. sticking wih gasoline powered as long as I can
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:37:14 PM

Old news.
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Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:34:58 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:32:44 PM

EVs will be dead and buried in 10 years-are ya listenin' volt owners ??..
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:31:44 PM

Tradition, Tradition!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:30:40 PM

Hope they can make it work.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:30:35 PM

Its about time that someone tried to break the dealers strangle hold on car sales. There is no reason that cars can not be sold on the internet directly from the manufacturers.
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Electric is a wild goose chase.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:28:17 PM

There is a lot of greed. The rich get richer, & the poor one's like us get poorer!!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:26:17 PM

True.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:25:16 PM

Greed. Very pervasive. How the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
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We need more ideas
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:22:16 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:21:58 PM

Great.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:21:35 PM

Dealers everywhere are weeping and wailing!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:20:55 PM

sorry
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i don't want one
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:17:00 PM

These cars won't sell no matter what they do...
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:15:38 PM

The free market at work, although I'm not sure we are ready for these vehicles given how our electricity is generated today. We need more Nuclear plants.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:15:16 PM

Buy direct to keep price down good idea
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:15:10 PM

If they don't go broke first.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:10:34 PM

Obummers new cars...
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:10:13 PM

I would drive one if I could afford to buy a new car. No I am not better off than 4 years ago. Gas, electric, food, health care prices are up. My paycheck can't be stretched any farther.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:09:55 PM

Just not sold on these EVs!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:08:57 PM

so what?
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One step closer to flying cars?
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what me worry?
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:06:01 PM

Who cares....don't want one anyway.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:02:00 PM

It would be great if the Government started selling autos in an effort to stop dealers from a shooting war, over our money. The Government could sell them below cost and everyone would be happy except Toyota...they don't do anything right and they have a recall record to prove it.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:59:05 PM

Try something different.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:59:00 PM

Interesting....
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:58:11 PM

"that's not sitting well with U.S. auto dealers" - no sh!t, that's like cutting out the shyster lawyers in order to get justice, or Wall Street bankers in order to get a home loan. The greedy middle man never wants to give away his "cut".

Good for Tesla!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:56:22 PM

Next we'll find that Apple can't have it's own stores, but must sell thru Target or Best Buy.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:53:41 PM

More greed. It's our right to buy as cheap as we can, so why not buy direct.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:53:10 PM

Tesla has a lot of learning too do with the how the auto market works.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:50:22 PM

who cares
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So
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