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Want more showrooms in NY State?

  • July 30, 2021 6:16 PM
    Reply # 10785186 on 10267363

    How is it possible that Tesla is opening a showroom in Henrietta when it was already at the maximum allowable number of showrooms (5 around the NYC area)??

  • May 28, 2021 11:52 AM
    Reply # 10569364 on 10267363

    Be aware that the entire state legislature ends its 2021 session in mid June.  They don’t come back until January 2022.  

    If you care about seeing upstate Tesla showrooms, and you should, read the earlier posts in this thread, and do something and post details of what you have done and any substantive responses back here to this thread.  

    Think about how special your Tesla is and think about your friends who think your car is great but tell you they will only buy from a close-to-(their) home showroom.  

    Think about your resale value once the big competition hits in the next 12 months, from eg. VW, Hunday/Kia, Ford, GM, Audi, and MB.  You’ll be able to see, drive, and buy any of those all across the state.

    You can be sure the legislators have heard from dealerships, dealership employees, and lobbyists who want Tesla to fail.  They need to hear from YOU too, and you are voters who pay the salaries of the legislators.

    Am I the only owner who cares?


  • May 17, 2021 4:12 PM
    Reply # 10517873 on 10267363

    Here's what I sent to my Senator and Assemblyman plus the chairs of the two bodies Transportation Committees plus the sponsors and the Transportation Committee members who are co-sponsors.  If you write, you would have to write your own letter.  Phone calls are also good.  For names, email addresses and phone numbers just go to NYsenate.gov and NYassembly.gov.  Remember that in mid June both bodies quit for the year so get going now.

    Hello all,


    As an owner of a battery-powered electric vehicle in New York for over 4 years, concerned about climate change pushing us to a serious tipping point, and as a retired attorney, I am reaching out for your support of S1763/A4614.  I live in Manlius, NY, just outside Syracuse.  I’m sending this to the heads of the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees, and to the members of these committees who have sponsored or co-sponsored the bills, and to the Senator and Assemblyman I voted for plus a couple of other Assembly members I know and highly respect.

    Current NY law restricts manufacturers who don’t have franchised dealerships from selling directly at retail.  The sole exception. is that Tesla is allowed a measly 5 sales locations, and they happen to all be in the NYC area for obvious reasons (population density).  Current law originally was intended to protect franchised dealers from direct competition by the manufacturers who franchise them.  Fair enough.  Applied to manufacturers that don’t sell through franchised dealers, current law is anti-competitive, anti-environment, and probably a violation of interstate commerce law plus it unfairly blocks innovative clean transportation companies from bringing new jobs and revenue to NY at a time when both are needed.  S1763 and A4614 will correct the injustice but it will not cost NYS any money.

    The proposed bills would not interfere with the current protection of dealers from their manufacturers because these bills would only allow direct sales by manufacturers that don’t have franchised dealers in NYS.  Bill Rapp, speaking as head of the local dealer association, has said in an op-ed published in the Syracuse Post Standard that dealers are not afraid of competition from Tesla, as an example.  In fact, Cadillac and Chevrolet and Ford are currently selling battery-electric vehicles. So are Audi, VW, Porsche, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, and soon Kia and Hyundai.  Rapp has said that it is a consumer protection issue, and that customers need dealers to protect them from manufacturers.  But when I had trouble with a nearly new Subaru purchased from Rapp’s Subaru dealership, the Rapp Subaru service department had me pay for the repair and just said “here’s the 800 number for you to call the manufacturer.  Maybe they will help you.”  

    The choice between the direct sales model and the franchised dealer sales model remind me of religion: Protestants pray to God and Roman Catholics pray to saints to intercede with God on their behalf.  Both of these models seem to work, so lets let car buyers decide for themselves whether they are comfortable dealing directly with manufacturers when it comes to purchasing automobiles. 

    We must increase the number of EVs on the road ASAP in order to meet our state’s climate goals in the future and improve air quality now.

    I hope that you, as chairs and members of the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees, will strongly support S1763/A4614 and cause the bills to get to floor votes. Thank you.



  • April 02, 2021 10:44 PM
    Message # 10267363

    Then get off your butts and call your representatives in Albany.  Every one of you has a Senate and Assembly Representative that you can call for free and let them know you'd like them to support Senate Bill S1763, and Assembly Bill A4614.  The latest email of "The Pulse" has a link to the Senate version, and that webpage has a link to the Assembly version.

    Want a showroom in Upstate NY?  Nows your chance to make that happen and remove the 5-showroom limit.

    So what are you waiting for?


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