If You don't Live in a Big City, Tesla Dealers can be Hard to Find


Texas is one of just a handful of states that doesn't allow consumers to buy cars directly from automakers. To buy a car here, you have to go to an authorized dealer. But a new bill aims to change that.

The bill's author is Hill Country State Rep Jason Isaac. He says lots of us, but not all of us, enjoy the status quo.

"Others may just say 'I'm gonna do this online, I want this car, this color, send it to my house and let's go' and they should have that choice but they really don't have the freedom to do that in the state of Texas."

Isaac says his bill would simply allow the market to decide by giving consumers more choices. But some auto dealers think it's the end of the world.

"The dealers would close up shop and immediately disappear overnight; I disagree that that's going to happen."

Isaac says his constituents would like to be able to order and buy a Tesla online.

"Being one of only four states that can't sell direct to the consumer is just appalling to me; we need to lead here in the state of Texas and we need to provide more options to consumers and this is one way to do it."

Isaac says to buy a Tesla in Texas you have to go to an authorized dealer. But Tesla doesn't have many of those. Isaac says he's confident his bill will pass.


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