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    Tesla loses right to sell cars in Missouri after the state rejects its dealership license renewal, may have to close its stores

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    Tesla’s long ongoing state-by-state battle to sell its electric cars directly to consumers without having to go through third-party dealers just received a significant setback. In Missouri, where Tesla already managed to get a dealer license and has been selling its vehicles online and through stores in St-Louis and Kansas City, a judge rejected the company’s license renewal after the Missouri Auto Dealers Association (MADA) sued the revenue department, which first issued Tesla’s license in 2015.

    In consequence, the automaker will lose its right to sell cars in the state tomorrow as its current license expires.

    Previously, Tesla mainly had to worry about states where laws are currently preventing them from getting dealership licenses, like Michigan or Texas, but now it looks like Tesla’s direct to consumer business model is not safe even where it already had a license. more…

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    Crap like this will prevent me from ever buying from a dealership again. Even when everyone sells EVs I'll steer clear.
     
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      I'm really astounded that this bullshit happens in the so called "Land of the free" and "Champion of the free market".
      In The Netherlands and the EU as a whole Tesla is free to sell its cars through its local importers and stores.
       
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        Pretty certain there is corruption happening somewhere in the chain. There was a time when no one was above the law.
         
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          That was many hundreds of years ago (before slavery began). There has been corruption on many levels, since then. It has spread far and wide. Money over morals. :(
           
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            Or lawlessness; right of the strongest?
            I thought that went out with the 'Wild West'?
             
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