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Where to Buy a Tesla – and Where Tesla Sales Are Banned

Electric car enthusiasts wondering where to buy a Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) Model S sedan can cross another state off their list of locations.

The state of New Jersey announced last week that automakers will no longer be allowed to sell vehicles directly to customers. That brings the list of states that have banned direct Tesla sales to five: Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia.

States that have banned Tesla

Those states require automakers to sell their vehicles through car dealerships, a process that Tesla refuses to accept. Tesla has always sold its Model S sedans directly to consumers and has no plans to change that sales model.

Tesla still operates "galleries" in each of those states. At a Tesla gallery, customers are able to view Model S sedans and are referred to the company's website, where they can purchase a vehicle online. Gallery employees are unable to answer pricing or purchasing questions from customers.

Currently, the automaker can perform direct sales at its stores and galleries in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

While those 16 states and the District allow sales, some do maintain certain sales restrictions.

For instance, Georgia state legislation only allows for the sale of 150 cars annually. Tesla hopes a pending bill will up that number to 1,500.

In Colorado, one Tesla store was built before new legislation prevented additional stores from being built. Tesla sales will remain limited to that one location in Colorado, for the foreseeable future.

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New York and Ohio both currently allow the sale of Teslas, but are working toward legislation similar to New Jersey's. That would surely infuriate the automaker, which operates five facilities in New York and two in Ohio.

At this time, 29 states are still waiting for their first Tesla store or gallery to open.

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  1. Jeff P. from Canada | March 20, 2014

    I find this news of governments restricting the sales of a legitimate car manufacturer, unbelievable, in the one country that holds itself out as the bastion of free enterprise. Tesla would probably have better luck selling its cars in China, a communist state that has better free enterprise principals than the USA.
    Shame on you, USA, for restricting one of your own innovative car manufacturers from freely, without restrictions, selling their cars across the entire country.

    • Robert Weekley | May 30, 2015

      Well – this is interesting! To say that a Gallery or a Store is required to Sell a Tesla is more than Misleading, as even at the Stores, the cars are ordered over an internet connection! Have internet connection – go to Tesla Motors Website – and order the car from home, in your PJ's!

      True – without a Gallery or a Store, there are many that will never hear about the Car, since they otherwise have no interest in Electric Vehicles! THAT is why Tesla puts their Stores in Malls – to meet people when they are not 'Car Shopping' and help to get them informed about how EV's can be the best thing since sliced Bread – or at least – Tesla's are the best thing!

  2. yngso | March 20, 2014

    Ever heard about Govermenent Motors? And then there´s F… and C…
    Surely there must be other countries that would welcome Tesla with open arms. Australia just recently shut down all or almost all car production…

  3. wx | March 21, 2014

    This is just so stupid…

  4. H. Craig Bradley | March 23, 2014


    Telsa tried to crash the party consisting of established car dealers and their sizable investments. They should have known what the Car Dealer Association legal response would be. They went right to their state politicians and cried fowl. Same sort of thing happened with Microsoft in the 1990's when Bill Clinton was president. Bill Gates thought he could package the Windows operating system with their browser Internet Explorer and wall-out other companies like one time browser competitor Netscape (Navigator).

    The end result was a long drawn-out lawsuit alleging Microsoft was monopolistic in its business dealings with suppliers. Bill Gates could have prevented a time consuming lawsuit by toning-down his hard-ball business practices. Too bad nobody learned a lesson. Hard ball and hard attitudes create conflicts which often end up in the courtroom and cost both parties lots of money ( Both lose in the end unless its the government who has unlimited funds and time).

  5. Mike | March 25, 2014

    There cars should be available everywhere!

    • Barack Obama | December 26, 2014

      You CAN buy it anywhere. You simply get online and order the car you want.

      They are simply misleading you when they say you can't buy it.

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