Tesla Motors has undertaken a number of legal challenges in its quest to sell electric vehicles direct to the general public. There are laws in the US which block the sale of vehicles directly to the general public as all sales need to go through designated showrooms. On the surface this looks to be some form of restriction of trade but there are reasons why these rules are in place.
On one hand there needs to be a way in which consumers can go back to the seller in the event of any issues. If vehicles were sold direct from Tesla’s manufacturing plants there could be significant issues in this area.
Those against showroom only sales quite rightly point to the fact that these venues are an added layer of cost for consumers. How much cheaper would vehicles be if they were not forced to go through the showroom networks across the US?
What do you think about the ban on selling any type of vehicle direct to the public? Big businesses looking after each other or do these laws protect the consumer?