Feds: Anti-Tesla Dealer Laws Are Bad For Competition

Ever since Tesla Motors started going to war with car dealers over their direct-to-customer sales model, many of us have wondered this: Why can't a consumer buy a car however they want? Today, officials from the Federal Trade Commission addressed that question by sticking up for Tesla and saying bans on direct sales is … » 4/24/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

The Truth About TrueCar Savings

Now more than ever, car buyers are craving that "no hassle" experience. They no longer want to deal with the "let me talk to my manager" back and forth in order to get a good price. Enter TrueCar, the website that is supposed to "bring more transparency to car-buying", and even promises that you will "never overpay." Using a… » 4/10/14 11:22am 4/10/14 11:22am

Why GM Still 'Wouldn't Trade Places With Ram' On Truck Sales

Ram broke a precedent last month, outselling the Chevy Silverado for the first time since 1999. But the same GM spokesman who called out Ram for "buying market share" with killer deals dropped us a line to let us know why he isn't worried about Chrysler's recent victory. » 4/04/14 8:03pm 4/04/14 8:03pm

Leaked GM E-Mail Reveals Furious Backpedaling On Spokesman's Statement

GM Spokesman Jim Cain spoke a bit hastily on Tuesday when Ram posted better March sales than Silverado, saying "It's really easy to deeply discount your truck... to buy market share." He better hope so, because that's exactly what Chevy is gonna try to do. Again. » 4/04/14 12:21pm 4/04/14 12:21pm

Dealer: These Documents Prove It's Right To Sue Customer For $25,000

Dwayne Cooney is being sued by Jim Butler Chevrolet for $25,000 after a dash cam inside his Malibu allegedly shows that he was charged for service time that the car didn't receive. Jim Butler Chevrolet denies this, and they say these documents prove they're correct. » 4/03/14 5:15pm 4/03/14 5:15pm

Dealership Sues Longtime Customer For $25,000 Over Dash Cam Video

Dwayne Cooney took his Chevy Malibu in for service to Jim Butler Chevrolet to fix a few minor issues. According to his dash cam, the work took an hour and a half. He was charged $600 for four and half hours of work. And now the dealer is suing him for $25,000. What? [Updated with dealer comment] » 4/03/14 2:00pm 4/03/14 2:00pm

Elon Musk 'Doesn't Get What It Takes To Do Business In New Jersey'

While embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie skirted blame for the recent ban on direct car sales in the Garden State, the car dealers themselves had some pretty standard New Jersey responses: Play by our rules or fuhgettaboutit! » 3/20/14 1:40pm 3/20/14 1:40pm

Tesla Can Do More Damage To Dealerships By Franchising

People often think it is strange that I support Tesla's sales model. As a car-buying consultant, I am getting paid so people can avoid the typical dealership experience. If the Tesla direct sales strategy were to catch on there would be no need for my services. However, despite my own business I firmly believe that… » 3/20/14 10:35am 3/20/14 10:35am

Pols In Anti-Tesla Texas Wrote Elon Musk Letters For Gigafactory

Today in Hilarious Ironic News, we learn that lawmakers in Texas — a state where car dealer campaign contributions led to regulations preventing Tesla Motors from selling cars directly — wrote Elon Musk letters asking for his Gigafactory battery plant. Oh, Texas! » 3/18/14 10:40am 3/18/14 10:40am

New Jersey Could Ban Tesla Stores (UPDATE: Banned As Of 4/1)

Tesla sells its cars direct to consumers through company owned stores. Regular car dealers are opposed to this, and a number of states have tried to ban the practice. And in a hearing today, New Jersey could be next to ban the sale of Teslas. UPDATE: Banned as of 4/1... » 3/11/14 10:42am 3/11/14 10:42am

Ohio Senator Behind New Anti-Tesla Bill Gets Paid Real Good By Dealers

Barely two months after Tesla Motors scored a legislative win against car dealers in the Ohio, a new bill comes to the Ohio State Senate that will ban Tesla's direct sales model for good. And guess who's behind it? The same guy who was behind the last one, state Sen. Tom Patton. Here's why he's so against direct sales. » 2/14/14 9:00am 2/14/14 9:00am

Back Room Deals: Extended Warranties, Service Plans, and Other Extras

Most car buyers focus all of their defensive negotiating strategies with the salesperson. Once a price has been decided on they think, "Whew, the hard part is over, now I just have to sign the papers." If a buyer lets their guard down at this point, they can really get taken for a ride. » 2/05/14 10:08am 2/05/14 10:08am

Owner Of Camaro ZL1 Crashed By Dealership Is Getting A New Car

Debbie and John Hooper were devastated when their Chevy dealership crashed their beloved Camaro ZL1, then couldn't find a suitable replacement for the wrecked car. Now the Hoopers claim that GM and another dealer from Michigan have stepped up and found them the right car. » 1/14/14 5:15pm 1/14/14 5:15pm

Ohio Car Dealers Sue To Keep Tesla From Selling Cars

Just when you thought it was safe to buy a Tesla in Ohio after an amendment to ban direct sales was struck down, a consortium of car dealers in the Buckeye state is taking their fight to the courts instead. Sore losers much? » 12/20/13 5:15pm 12/20/13 5:15pm