Virginia dealers keep harassing Tesla image

Virginia car dealers are asking state authorities to start an inquiry on Tesla over the carmaker’s local dealership.

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association is accusing Tesla of some illicit practices at the company’s licensed dealership in Tysons Corner and its unlicensed gallery at a nearby shopping mall. The local dealers sent a 10-page letter to the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board in which they are calling for an investigation over unlicensed sales operation, improper advertising or failing to disclose online systems filing fees, taxes and governmental fees.

“The franchised dealer lobby in Virginia is taking every possible step, whether through lawsuits, PR campaigns or outright harassment, to try to prevent Virginians from being able to buy cars from Tesla,” a Tesla spokeswoman responded to the claims. “Each of these actions is legally wrongful and threatens to move Virginia backwards. Virginians who would like to be able to buy a car from Tesla should have the right to do so. Tesla will continue to fight for that.”

The electric car maker is facing a lawsuit filed in March by VADA in order to stop Tesla’s plan to open a second store in the state. The association claims that Tesla and the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner, Richard D. Holcomb, are violating a 2013 agreement stating that the company should not consider such a strategy in Virginia until at least August 2017.

In the fight with auto dealer groups for its goal of selling its electric models directly to customers in all states, Tesla recently failed in its attempt to convince dealers throughout Connecticut and was rejected in North Carolina to open a second dealership.

Via Automotive News