Auto dealers ask lawmakers to reject direct Tesla sales

James Fleming (Sarah Paduano Photo)
James Fleming (Sarah Paduano Photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Owners and managers of the state’s auto dealerships rallied Wednesday against a bill that would allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to sell cars directly to Connecticut residents, telling legislators the measure jeopardizes consumer safeguards and jobs.

The bill before the legislature’s Transportation Committee would make a specific exception for the electric car company, giving it permission to bypass auto dealers and sell its vehicles directly to Connecticut customers.

Dozens of auto dealers gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to discourage lawmakers from passing the bill and force Tesla to use dealerships if it wants to sell its cars in the state. The group argues existing franchise laws provide protections to consumers, such servicing and warranties.

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