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2013-08-22 12:34:03 PM
17 votes:
"If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."

The Invisible Hand of the Free Market is making jack-off motions behind your back.
2013-08-22 01:06:46 PM
6 votes:

chrisco123: There doing everyone a favor.


Where doing everyone a favor?

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2013-08-22 01:01:35 PM
6 votes:

chrisco123: There doing everyone a favor.  I drove a Tesla from NYC to Montreal and had to stop three times to charge the bastard.  Combine that with acceleration that feels like an elastic that never snaps and you have a crappy car.  I won't even mention the looks.  So what if its a "safe car".  How often do I crash up?


Hmm, whom to believe? Just about every review written by professional auto experts and auto magazines, or a internet forum post by someone that doesn't even know the difference between they're and there. Decisions decisions.
2013-08-22 11:57:05 AM
4 votes:
"This happens all the time," said Bill Wolters, the president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. "Someone wants an exception to the franchise laws. If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."

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2013-08-22 12:56:06 PM
3 votes:

Barfmaker: So is Tesla saying they'll have dealerships but the dealerships will be owned by Tesla? I guess what I'm axing is, what's the difference between a dealer and a store? And more to the point, if I bought one, where would I take it to get it fixed?


Tesla cannot own a dealership.

Texas would have banned Internet sales if the legislatures had figured out how that floppy disc with 10 free hours from AOL worked 15 years ago.
2013-08-22 12:31:15 PM
3 votes:
"This happens all the time," said Bill Wolters, the president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. "Someone wants an exception to the franchise laws. If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."

So these bootstrappy free market conservatives need the government to protect them from competition.

How utterly libertarian of them.
2013-08-22 12:15:06 PM
3 votes:
Just change their name to "Jesusmobile" and they will sell double-wide fold-out chairs down here...
2013-08-22 02:05:34 PM
2 votes:
2013-08-22 01:25:40 PM
2 votes:
FTFA:  "This happens all the time," said Bill Wolters, the president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. "Someone wants an exception to the franchise laws. If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."

I've lived in Texas for 15 years, so let me translate this for all of you who aren't that fortunate:

"This happens all the time," said Bill Wolters, the president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. "Someone wants an exception to the franchise laws to sell cars directly to buyers. If we made an exception for everybody let people do that, nobody would buy cars from us, because we're such a bunch of assholes that 'buying a car' shows up on the list of things that people hate the most somewhere between oral surgery and doing time in prison, so if we that showed up in the legislature our giant payoffs to the legislature could be circumvented, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril. we'd disappear entirely, and there would be great joy and celebration throughout the land. And we can't have that. Because we live in a free enterprise system, which requires bribes to politicians in order to keep it 'free.'  Why do you hate America?"

Hope that clears it up.
2013-08-22 01:15:23 PM
2 votes:

Lando Lincoln: About 50% of the human race is middle-men and they don't take kindly to being eliminated.


The problem is, once they're eliminated, we'll all be killed by a disease picked up from a dirty telephone.
2013-08-22 01:15:15 PM
2 votes:

Maud Dib: Coming on a Bicycle: I'm sure that if the Tesla car somehow becomes really popular in Texas, the situation will right itself automatically.

Not until it comes with 4WD, a lift kit, muddin' tires, and a brush guard.


You forgot Truck Nutz.
2013-08-22 01:13:49 PM
2 votes:

Coming on a Bicycle: I'm sure that if the Tesla car somehow becomes really popular in Texas, the situation will right itself automatically.


Not until it comes with 4WD, a lift kit, muddin' tires, and a brush guard.
2013-08-22 12:57:32 PM
2 votes:
There doing everyone a favor.  I drove a Tesla from NYC to Montreal and had to stop three times to charge the bastard.  Combine that with acceleration that feels like an elastic that never snaps and you have a crappy car.  I won't even mention the looks.  So what if its a "safe car".  How often do I crash up?
2013-08-22 12:57:02 PM
2 votes:

Dr Dreidel: Voiceofreason01: The franchise law is bullshiat legislation that does very little besides screw consumers

For those of us ignorant of such things (and who don't want to search teh googles ourselves), can you 'splain?

// EXplanation > MANsplanation, but whatever you got


Don't worry about it sugartits. Just tell your man that the electric car doesn't make your ladyparts hum like his jacked up F150 does.
2013-08-22 12:39:15 PM
2 votes:
About 50% of the human race is middle-men and they don't take kindly to being eliminated.
2013-08-23 10:21:28 AM
1 votes:

Saberus Terras: OgreMagi: MerelyFoolish: Anyone who lives in Texas and votes for an incumbent is an idiot.

FTFY

Agreed.  Being a politician should be a civic duty, not a career.  But this is not the thread to discuss that.

This is the thread to bash my state for being run by a bunch of dumb hicks with beerguts and fat wallets from the dealership kickbacks trying to suppress a more progressive sales model.

It's a shame we also have one of the best-developed tech sectors in North America.

I always thought that the Isetta was a gag car.  I mean the stock 2-stroke engine could only get up to 47 MPH, and had a 0-30 in 30.  Maybe it had a niche in denser Old World cities, but in the American sprawl, it's a joke, and possibly a deathtrap.  It was played for laughs as the Urkelmobile on Family Matters, for crying out loud.


BMW's versions of the Isetta were powered by four-stroke BMW motorcycle engines. Their top speed ranged from 55mph for the smallest 250cc model up to 65mph for the largest 600cc twin-cylinder model. Not too bad if you consider that at the time a VW topped out at about 60mph.

As for being a death trap, you're right; it probably was. In fairness, though, just about every car of the time, big or small, was a death trap.
2013-08-22 04:44:50 PM
1 votes:

NostroZ: [www.hangthebankers.com image 386x386]
GTFO Texas

Nobody ever liked you in the union anyhow... please... secede already!
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Huh, in that first pic, I never really realized how much Texas looks like a UFIA. Kind of appropriate, it seems.
2013-08-22 02:41:48 PM
1 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: It's protectionism and only serves to line the pockets of fat cats.

It's not like any auto dealer has a monopoly on cars and needs to be regulated. I say open it up to the free market.


What it's protecting is the network of car dealers across the state of Texas.  Are they fat cats?  I don't know.  I do know that most of the car dealers I've ever dealt with were scum sucking bottom feeders, so it's hard for me to find any sympathy for their industry.

At most, I can simply suggest that they try to get some night classes in before their industry disappears.
2013-08-22 02:21:35 PM
1 votes:
The problem is the demonic vehicles run on satanic magic and not God's sweet crude.
2013-08-22 01:53:03 PM
1 votes:

HeadKase: There are quite a few of these in Austin already.  Love the Model S.


+1 I've seen as many as 5 unique Model S Teslas in the same day here.

I hate living so close to Texas. You know?
2013-08-22 01:31:51 PM
1 votes:

the money is in the banana stand: In our industry, manufacturers historically, tried to own and operate their own dealerships. They failed, miserably. There are a variety of reasons why they failed, but most importantly is that they are great at understanding the bigger picture and products, but do not understand specific markets and service on a local level


Would you say that they don't have "people skills?"

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2013-08-22 01:19:15 PM
1 votes:
Dear Texas,

Please make good on your promise to secede. Then you can do whatever backwards-ass bullshiat you want to.

Signed,

The USA
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-08-22 01:07:16 PM
1 votes:

chrisco123: There doing everyone a favor.  I drove a Tesla from NYC to Montreal and had to stop three times to charge the bastard.  Combine that with acceleration that feels like an elastic that never snaps and you have a crappy car.  I won't even mention the looks.  So what if its a "safe car".  How often do I crash up?


Is this your office?

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2013-08-22 01:05:19 PM
1 votes:

Walliser: Usually that kind of anti-consumer protectionism is reserved for more liberal areas of the country.


Yeah, that's probably it. It's not that conservatives told you that and you believed them.
2013-08-22 01:02:20 PM
1 votes:
As a Texan who has spotted half a dozen Teslas scooting about town, I am rather shocked to learn about the distribution laws. Usually that kind of anti-consumer protectionism is reserved for more liberal areas of the country.

I'd bet there's more to the laws than whats been presented in tfa, but it does appear the law might need a little tweaking.
2013-08-22 12:56:27 PM
1 votes:
The whole damn state is a RHINO legislatively speaking. All hat no cattle.
2013-08-22 12:53:20 PM
1 votes:
If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."


you know, like letting women decide whether or not to have an abortion. Now, much less confusion as to where to go.
2013-08-22 12:41:31 PM
1 votes:

Therion: "If we made an exception for everybody that showed up in the legislature, before long the integrity of the entire franchise system is in peril."

The Invisible Hand of the Free Market is making jack-off motions behind your back.


I'm guessing that since being a Texas legislator is a part time job, most legislators are car salesmen in the 8 or so months they have off. Most likely used car salesmen.
 
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