The Willimantic Chronicle just shared the editorial of the day regarding Tesla still banned from selling in Connecticut. After driving to New York to pick up our Model 3, I spoke to local lawmakers about paying all of our sales taxes directly to New York State. The first rep said, âWell, we don’t allow Tesla to be sold here because you wouldn’t have anywhere nearby to get service. This statement was false. The Milford Service Center performs repairs and also offers loaner services. He was shocked, but wasn’t ashamed to be so misinformed. In fact, the minor service is done in your own aisle, by a mobile truck. But again, repairs are rare and free. We will come back to this later. Representative two said, âI’m voting against themâ because we get huge income from all these cars that are on unsold dealer lots. Do dealers understand that no one is actually working for them?
The old business plan for dealerships is to make sure they can compete with each other, lowering their selling price until they earn nothing. Nothing. They are assured that all of their future income will come from the service plans sold, the actual tune-ups and maintenance that cost more for traditional cars, so independent dealerships that make money with the service will be always encouraged to keep consumers away from electric vehicles. .
Tesla guarantees its vehicles for 50,000 with no annual maintenance required. There are basically only two main parts – the motor and the battery, both covered for 120,000, but the expected lifespan of each is 300,000 to 500,000 miles.
At 45,000 miles, we only paid for tires. It’s quite difficult to compete. Remember all those auto ads in the first year of COVID? “Stop the haggling, stop the pain of dealing with old fashioned dealers.”
This time is here to stay.
Mary Campbell Hirsch live from Storrs.
Editor’s Note: To clarify, Tesla can sell its cars in Connecticut, but it should do so through a dealership. He is looking to change state law to allow his direct selling model.