Because Missouri’s car dealer association prohibited Tesla from participating in the Kansas City Auto Show, Tesla owners unceremoniously organized an exhibition of private Tesla vehicles themselves – in the parking lot of the exhibition grounds.
Tesla fan love knows little boundaries, and this is just another example. We were reminded of times when Texas banned Tesla from selling in the state due to its lack of franchise dealerships, and Missouri’s argument is no different.
The car dealer association behind the show and their bylaws prevent Tesla from being a member. In a statement obtained by electrek, they said: “A sales and service agreement with an automaker is the criteria to join the association. Tesla’s business model doesn’t include franchised dealership, thus they do not belong to the association.”
However, it is not unusual to see private-owned vehicles at the Kansas City Auto Show, so we suspect a measure of “protection” behind the move.
Yet, Tesla owners remained unfazed and gathered in front of the exhibition halls anyway, likely making a bigger impression than they could have ever had inside the halls. In their announcement of the independent show, the local Tesla owners club promised to “answer questions about life with a Tesla”. It must be love.
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