Tesla Motors no longer has the privilege of selling cars in the state of Michigan.
The ruling comes from Michigan House Bill 5606. Not only is Tesla prohibited from selling cars in the state of Michigan, but it is prohibited from distributing information about their vehicle range.
While the bill does not actually mention Tesla, it bans Tesla’s business model. Auto manufacturers are not permitted to sell their cars directly in the state of Michigan. This is in support of General Motors and the other auto giants in the state.
If an auto manufacturer wishes to sell cars in the state, the company must delegate the sales to a franchise dealership.
Franchise dealerships do not make a car more valuable, and Tesla’s customer service receives good ratings.
Whether the law is strictly political or in the consumer’s best interest is not known for sure, but the signs point in the direction of politics.
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