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  •  The Tesla sales model would eventually gut the (1+ / 0-)
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    Elwood Dowd

    car dealer business as we know it now much in the same way that Amazon has destroyed the local book seller business.

    You may not like car dealers but the local dealer model does support numerous local jobs that the direct sales model does not.

    You've not heard of how "outsourcing" has ended well-paying jobs for the middle class?

    Those are some of the few well-paying middle class jobs left and now you want to pull the rug out from under those too, just for the benefit of Tesla stockholders?  

    •  The sales model is independent of (1+ / 0-)
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      p gorden lippy

      the car itself.  The NJ ban would apply to a new Hummer company too.

      Does NJ still require that gas pumps be operated by a station attendant?  A terrible interference with the free market! Which results in more entry-level jobs, more convenience for the customer, and prices no higher than in neighboring states.

    •  Where do dealers make their money? (1+ / 0-)
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      too many people

      Bet you'll find a big hunk of it is in the service department.

      Teslas need notably less of that.

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      by dinotrac on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 07:08:19 AM PDT

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    •  Still a used car market (0+ / 0-)

      Dealers don't make much selling new cars.  The money is in used sales and service.  The main benefit to current new dealers is the name recognition of the brand, meaning Chevy owners will likely come to you for service.  

      The jobs impact would be minimal as the manufacturers would still need salespeople to meet, discuss, and test drive the cars for the public.  The difference is the owner is now the company and not a third party.  And that third party doesn't need to pay inventory taxes on new cars.

      This actually helps protect local dealers from poor quality of the manufacturer.  It should also lower prices to the consumer.

    •  Too bad (1+ / 0-)
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      too many people

      Times change. No need for a dealer market unless the manufacturer wants it. Lots of good reasons to keep it for some. Protecting jobs alone is not a good reason. How many people at Kodak lost jobs because do digital cameras?

      You best believe it does

      by HangsLeft on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 08:45:57 AM PDT

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