Anti-Free Market Car Dealers Sue Tesla, Citing State Franchise LawsSubmitted by PWA on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 11:46
Tesla Motors usually makes headlines for its technology. Its new Model S is the first entirely electric vehicle to be named car of the year by Automobile Magazine.
Friday's news is less flattering: A judge in New York will take up a lawsuit against the company about how Tesla sells its cars.
When Mark Seeger bought a Tesla in Seattle, he was actually just looking for a pair of shoes.
"I was looking for a Banana Republic 50 percent-off sale," he says. "I had no intention of going into Tesla or buying a car that day."
Then he walked past Tesla Motors' Bellevue, Wash., showroom. It's one of a handful of Tesla's company-owned stores. Within five minutes, he'd put down a deposit for an electric car that costs more than $50,000.
"This is the most expensive impulse buy I've ever done," he says.