A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

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In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have shown that many car buyers are frustrated with the process, dealers claim Tesla's direct sales model does not benefit customers. But the experience of one dealer trainer. dealers dealerships Car Sales Bad dealers

This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

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A major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them. Given the need to educate different staff on a new type of vehicle, explain the associated incentives, and respond to numerous customer questions, electric cars require dealers to invest more time than. sales dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Massachusetts

Judge sides with Tesla, slams dealer association in Missouri

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On Tuesday, Tesla scored a decisive victory when the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling that would have left Tesla without a state dealer license. Politics dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Missouri Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state lawsSince Tesla began selling electric cars directly to customers throughout the U.S., the electric-vehicle maker has had to play franchise-law whack-a-mole in multiple state courts.

Latest Tesla referral programs draw new CA dealer lobby complaint

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Tesla has once again ruffled the feathers of the California New Car Dealers Association with a new round of referral programs. The dealer association has now noted. Politics dealers California Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Incentives and RebatesThe Silicon Valley automaker has used referral programs for years; they usually provide perks for current owners who get friends, coworkers, and colleagues to buy a new Tesla vehicle.

Car dealers are woefully unprepared for electric vehicles: study

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car buying dealers Study plug-in cars dealershipsYet another study has revealed that many dealerships across the United States still don't prioritize electric cars and haven't prepared for their growth. The latest report showed dealerships still practice the same unhealthy habits uncovered in earlier studies, including a lack of electric-car inventory, little to no marketing, and an apparent.

Car Dealer 101: electric cars that aren't charged won't sell

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Electric-car owners and advocates have a tenuous relationship with the franchised independent car dealers who are the only legal way to buy a new vehicle in the U.S. Batteries sales dealers plug-in cars charging dealershipsTesla excepted, if you want to buy a new car, you have to go to a dealership over which the carmaker has only limited control. Horror stories abound. DON'T MISS: How can automakers.

Dealers save $500 for car buyers, lobby group claims; 'false,' says Politifact

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Tesla Motors' direct-sales model for electric cars has rankled franchised auto dealers. Dealer associations have attempted to block Tesla direct sales in multiple states, and have undertaken public-relations campaigns extolling the virtues of the franchise model. One of the latest claims made by franchised dealers is that the traditional model. dealers New car sales dealerships Texas

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Dealers start to worry about ebbing repair income from electric cars

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dealers plug-in cars dealerships service Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The average vehicle on U.S. roads these days is more than 10 years old, despite three successive years of record new-vehicle sales. That's a result not only of the 2008-2010 recession but also vastly more durable and reliable vehicles compared to those of previous decades. All of those vehicles provide a ready stream of service revenue to.

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Chevy Bolt EV allocations: dealer in California gets electric-car update

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As its new electric car gets closer to public sale, General Motors has apparently made its first allocations of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Chevy dealers. Rick Alpern, the general manager of Keyes Chevrolet in Van Nuys, California, wrote that the dealer had. dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The news comes via a posting on the GM-Volt forum from a southern California dealership.

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Toyota Prius Prime buyers misled by dealers; more education needed

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If, that is, Toyota's own dealers prove willing to sell it—or even find out that it exists. sales Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealershipsThe Toyota Prius Prime is a far better car than its plug-in hybrid predecessor, and it seems likely to become one of the higher-volume plug-in electric cars on the U.S. market. After three separate complaints by readers in different areas of the U.S.

VA to deny Tesla a store license; dealers say they want to sell Teslas

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Tesla Motors recently had another setback in its fight with Virginia's franchised car dealers over direct sales of its luxury electric cars. Over the past several months, Tesla has battled dealers and their lobbyists in the state over plans to open a second company-owned store. dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state laws Virginia

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VW dealers' reparations talks with company: no deal so far

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dealers recently flew to Germany to present concerns over the ongoing diesel scandal directly to the company's top executives. One of the topics discussed was whether dealers should receive reparations for their continuing financial losses, and for the overall damage to the VW brand. dealers TDI VW VW Group Volkswagen diesel scandalRepresentatives of Volkswagen's U.S.

How do you service a hydrogen fuel-cell car at a dealer?

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Reliability data shows that some of them won't visit a dealer service department except for. dealers California hydrogen natural gas dealerships service hydrogen fuel cell Honda Civic Natural GasOver the past century, gasoline-powered vehicles have gotten simultaneously more complex and more reliable. Service intervals have lengthened, drivers no longer check a car's fluids daily or weekly, and many new-car owners will never once open the hood.

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VW dealers use diesel buyback to offer deals even before TDI owners bring in cars

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But some dealers aren't willing to wait to start enticing customers back into showrooms. dealers TDI VW deals Volkswagen diesel scandalThe Volkswagen diesel settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars received final approval from a federal judge earlier this week. That means VW is now able to send out buyback offers to owners of the 475,000 affected vehicles. DON'T MISS: Final VW diesel settlement.

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Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

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It's often said that franchised auto dealers are one of the bigger impediments to sales of plug-in electric cars. dealers Chevy Volt Dealership plug-in cars IndianaVehicles with plugs require more explanation, the financial calculations are often more complicated, and home and public charging stations add a further layer of complication. Commissioned salespeople whose pay rises as they sell more.

What do VW dealers get from the diesel-emission settlement?

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The company's dealers have acutely felt the impact of the scandal, in the form of deflating sales figures. dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalVolkswagen diesel owners aren't the only ones affected by the VW's ongoing emissions cheating scandal. The proposed settlement announced last month offers cash payments to owners of 2.0-liter TDI models, who can either sell their cars back to.

Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

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Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Yet while Tesla has its detractors, often found among lobbyists for auto dealers, it also. Green Michigan Politics Tesla Motors dealers plug-in cars sales state lawsLobbying efforts have ensured that there are some states where it's illegal for the company to sell you a Tesla Model S electric car.

Audi tells its dealers to get with the (electric-car) program

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As many electric-car buyers will tell you, franchised auto dealers can pose a large and tedious impediment to actually buying the plug-in car you want. dealers e-Tron Audi e-tron plug-in cars dealershipsFrom salespeople with no knowledge of the cars to test vehicles that haven't been recharged and have little battery range left, the hurdles are numerous and frustrating. Now Audi has told its.

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FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

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Politics sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state lawsTesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last fall, but now a government agency has weighed in on Michigan's revision to its franchise law. Let's just say that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission doesn't think much of.

Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

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Tesla Motors'' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many states as possible, dealers decry direct sales as a threat to healthy competition and a danger to consumers. sales dealers Tesla Motors Dealership Seattle state laws

Tesla a 'predator,' dealer lobby howls; second VA store OKed anyway

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dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships VirginiaThe Virginia department of motor vehicles ruled yesterday that Tesla is eligible to open a second retail store in Virginia, in the state capitol of Richmond. Virginia franchise laws prevent automakers from operating their own dealerships, but the state's Department of Motor Vehicles can grant special dispensation to companies that have no.

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'Numerous' Advantages To Laws Mandating Car Dealers, Tesla 'Inconvenient': NADA Chairman

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Count on the car-dealer lobbyists of America to keep fighting the good fight on behalf of the state franchise laws that protect their members' businesses by making it illegal for you to buy a car directly from a carmaker. Green NADA Politics Tesla Motors dealers dealerships state laws

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The other VW diesel victims: dealers take woes to Wolfsburg

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dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalIn the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, the most obvious victims are the owners of the nearly 600,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles found to have illegal "defeat device" software. These owners have been stuck in limbo for the past six months as Volkswagen has struggled to plot a way out of the crisis that will be approved by regulatory.

VW promises dealers it will cut prices to boost U.S. sales after diesel debacle

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dealers, Volkswagen said this week it would take measures to increase its sales in the U.S. VW dealers were initially left out of a $14.7 dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalIn addition to a cash settlement with its U.S. following a year of its still-unresolved diesel-emissions scandal. billion settlement for 450,000 owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TDI cars found to have illegal.

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First Eight CA Dealers Announced For 2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

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With the 2016 Toyota Mirai set to go on sale this October, Toyota has now announced the first eight dealers that will be selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Green California Dealership dealers hydrogen hydrogen fuel cellFour are in Northern California, four in the southern part of the state. Production of the Mirai will be limited to about 3,000 vehicles for the U.S. through 2017.

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Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

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Tesla Motors continues to battle Virginia car dealers over the opening of a second company-owned retail store in the Old Dominion State. In March, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) filed a lawsuit against both Tesla and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, alleging a conspiracy to "hide" the opening of a second Tesla Store. Politics dealers Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws Virginia

Multi-brand electric-car dealer to open in Canada after Iceland test

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With the notable exception of Tesla Motors' company-owned stores, electric cars must compete against internal-combustion models for space and attention on dealer lots. Canada dealers plug-in cars dealershipsBut what if a dealership sold only electric cars, covering multiple brands? That's the concept behind EVEN Electric, which announced plans for its first dealership in Canada last.

Tesla can no longer sell cars in Missouri stores; dealer lobby lauds victory

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Politics dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Missouri state lawsJust as the new year began, Tesla was dealt a fresh setback in its campaign to make its electric cars directly available to customers throughout the U.S. Tesla's license to sell cars through its Missouri showrooms expired Saturday, following a circuit-court judge's decision that prevented renewal. In an August court case, Cole County Circuit Court.

Tesla loses bid to sell cars in Utah, dealer lobbyists win

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Politics sales dealers dealerships state lawsTesla has once again been denied permission to sell its cars directly to buyers in the battleground state of Utah. Via a unanimous decision, the Utah Supreme Court handed Tesla Motors another setback this week. The state’s top court upheld a 2015 decision that denied the electric-car maker a license to sell new cars, citing a state law that.

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Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

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Greater electric-car adoption requires both dealers and carmakers to be strongly committed to selling plug-in vehicles. sales dealers plug-in cars dealershipsYears of anecdotal evidence from shoppers shows such commitments are often lacking—and that has now been confirmed in a wide-reaching report issued by the Sierra Club. The organization recently conducted what it calls the.

Not All Car Dealers Hate Tesla's Online Sales; Large Chains Back It, Bank Says

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Tesla Motors' business model of selling cars directly to customers without franchised dealers has earned it the ire of many a car-sales mogul. Viewing Tesla's online sales as a threat to their franchise model, quite a few state auto-dealer associations have undertaken campaigns against the carmaker. sales dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships

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Most Car Dealers Are Lousy At Selling Electric Cars: Here's Why

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But more often that not, the dealers that actually sell the majority of electric cars aren't so interested. Over the past few years, buyers have grumbled about the experience at traditional dealers that sell electric cars. sales dealers The New York Times plug-in cars dealershipsFrom carmakers and politicians to enthusiastic owners, there are many groups pushing for greater electric-car adoption.

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VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

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The state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns. In the Old Dominion state, the auto-dealers' trade group. Green Dealership Politics Tesla Motors Virginia dealers state lawsBut the situation in the state of Virginia may be among the odder episodes in Tesla's eight years of selling cars online directly to buyers.

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How to figure out if your local Chevy dealer carries the Bolt EV electric car

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General Motors dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The first few Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were delivered in California's Silicon Valley more than a month ago, marking the start of what will be a nationwide rollout. Electric-car advocates and buyers outside the Golden State are eager to know exactly when the 238-mile electric hatchback will be available for purchase in their areas as well.

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You Shouldn't Want To Buy A Kia Soul EV, Says Kia Dealer

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Green Dealership New car sales dealers plug-in cars sales It''s often said that one of the bigger impediments to sales of electric cars is car dealerships. Among plug-in car shoppers, stories abound of salespeople who know little or nothing about electric vehicles, misrepresent their abilities, and aggressively steer shoppers away from them toward gasoline alternatives. Rarely, however, is this kind of.

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The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It 'Haggling' Or 'Negotiating'?

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Car dealers often come in for criticism, especially among electric-car advocates and Tesla Motors supporters who have watched state dealership lobbying groups make Tesla''s direct-sales model illegal in a number of states.

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High-Volume Chevy Volt Dealer: How To Sell Successfully, Lessons Learned

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sales Canada dealers Chevy Volt Dealership plug-in carsPlug-in electric vehicle pioneers perennially proclaim that the electric driving experience is as pleasant as the dealership experience isn't. Tesla stores excepted, of course.) Recently the organizers of the EV2015VE electric vehicle conference in Canada invited Quebec-based Bourgeois Chevrolet, a two-time award winner for its plug-in car sales.

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Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

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Fast forward to the ongoing state-by-state battles between Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state and national car-dealer interests, who are trying to get franchise laws modified. Green Dealership NADA New car sales Politics Tesla Motors dealers sales state laws Ah, satire. From Jonathan Swift''s "modest proposal" to MAD Magazine in the formative years of many pre-teen boys, it serves as a bracing reminder of the absurdity of life.

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Tesla To Testify At FTC Hearing On Auto-Dealer Franchise Laws

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For the past few years, Tesla Motors has fought battles with franchised car dealers over its direct-sales model on a state-by-state basis. Feeling threatened by Tesla's company-owned stores, state auto dealer associations have campaigned against the carmaker, in some cases pursuing legislation to outlaw direct sales. dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships federal government

2016 63

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

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But car dealer Bariel Ford just happened to be located in a town that owns its own utility. dealers energy policy electric utilities dealerships renewable energy solarIt should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. DON'T MISS: As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It.

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California Car Dealers Slam Tesla For Website Pricing Tricks

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State and national auto-dealer groups have been battling Tesla Motors for four years now.

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Tesla Store Helpful, Enthusiastic; One Chevy Volt Dealer, Not So Much

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Now, one reporter tested the thesis for himself, by visiting both his local Tesla store--to inquire about the Model S electric luxury sedan--and his local Chevrolet dealer, to ask about the Volt range-extended electric car. Politics sales dealers Chevy Volt Tesla Motors New car sales Dealership plug-in cars state laws It''s long been known that getting some car dealerships to sell plug-in electric cars can be a challenge.

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Electric Car Buyers Slam Dealer Experience; Dealers Don't Like 'Em Either

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Electric-car buyers'' disapproval of the dealership is well documented, as is dealer impatience with the education and added time supposedly required to sell newfangled plug-in cars. The latest evidence of this buyer-dealer Buying a car often isn''t a pleasant experience, and that''s especially true for people looking to purchase an electric car.

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