|Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):|
Texas generally has a lot to be proud of as far as being a business friendly environment,
Where did you ever see proof of that propaganda? Texas is a friendly business environment for industries and businesses which support Texas politicians. It has never been a business friendly state for out of state businesses trying to bypass local merchants. Texas really dislikes direct internet sales. Period.
It is not hypocritical - it is Texas taking care of Texans first.
|Quoting BMI727 (Reply 3):|
Whether cars are sold by the manufacturer directly to consumers or via a dealer should be strictly a civil matter between the manufacturer and their franchisees.
In the past - direct manufacturer / customer automobile relationships have resulted in many dissatisfied customers, lawsuits and calls for political reform to prevent out of state companies selling directly to Texas (and other state) customers.
An automobile is not a computer. It requires continuing support, and a support network to deal with issues. If Tesla is unwilling to invest in such a network in Texas - then the state has every right to protect its citizens by not allowing direct sales.
That said - getting around the direct sales is extremely easy. Order the vehicle delivered out of state - and pick it up there.
That allows Texas to avoid you trying to sue the state two years later when your Tesla needs repair, and you cannot get it fixed without shipping it out of state.
|Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):|
Most other states have realized the stupidity of their laws in fairly short order.
No they haven't. They have realized that fighting a lengthy court battle is an economic loser. Even if the state will most likely win in the end.
Texas state government, on the other hand, has no problem spending tens of millions of tax payer dollars on lawsuits that the attorney general and governor know will be lost eventually. It allows them to point falsely and proudly to their 'conservative' record.
Yes, Texas is a very, very hypocritical state - led by what may be the biggest bunch of two-faced / back stabbing hypocritical politicians in the world.
But their car dealership laws are not hypocritical - just old fashioned consumer protection.