Tesla won’t deal with dealerships

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Tesla says it will continue to sell its vehicles directly to consumers, even as it faces pressure from dealerships to sell its vehicles in showrooms.

Tesla stores let you look at models and test-drive vehicles, but, unlike at dealerships, purchases are made online, either in the store or at home.

Tesla reached agreements with dealership associations in New York and Ohio in April 2014 that require future Tesla stores to sell vehicles that are on the premises. Tesla’s existing stores can continue to sell vehicles directly to consumers. Dealerships in Arizona, New Jersey and Washington also are working on compromises with Tesla about how the company can sell its vehicles in those states, according to Alexis Georgeson of Tesla.

Despite these negotiations, Georgeson says, Tesla has no plans to open additional stores in New York or Ohio, and it won’t sell its vehicles through dealerships anywhere in the United States.