From KUT

For years the electric car company Tesla has tried to change the way people are allowed to buy cars in Texas. The company wants make it legal for consumers to cut out the middleman and buy cars directly from the manufacturer, a way of car shopping that’s already been adopted in many other states.

The idea is that you should be able to buy a car like you buy a computer: either retail or manufacturer direct. But when you start talking to people about this you find you’re talking about more than just consumer choice. You’re talking about jobs, you’re talking about technology and you’re talking about the future.

“I visualize in the next 10 to 20 years driving down to South Texas and passing by trailers moving up and down our interstate with no drivers,” says state Rep Jason Isaac, Republican from Dripping Springs.

He’s one of the lawmakers who has introduced a bill to open up manufacture-direct sales. His reasoning? “Maybe someone wants to set up and manufacture them here in the state of Texas?”

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  • James Green April 19, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Freedom should apply in Texas. There is no justification to protect a few wealthy car dealers from citizens who want freedom to choose. Texans as smart enough to make their own decisions without interference from politicians who are protecting a few special interest large contributors. Freedom for Texan right to buy as they wish!

  • Cheryl Howell April 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I think people ought to have a choice as to whether or not they buy direct or buy from a dealer. Why on earth should someone else make that decision for me. I am smart enough to purchase a car anyway I want to! I don’t need a law making that decision for me!!!!!!!!