Days after Tesla announced its first sales and delivery centre in Connecticut, traditional OEM dealers are raising alarm bells.
Similar to state laws in New Mexico, Connecticut requires automakers to sell vehicles through dealerships. However, Tesla has found a loophole by building their sales and delivery centre on Mohegan Tribe land, which is not subject to state law.
Per News 8, the co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group, Bradley Hoffman, the dealer’s issues are with Tesla, not Mohegan Sun.
Our Issue is with Tesla and them frankly evading the law in Connecticut.
According to Hoffman, he worries that Tesla consumers in Connecticut will lack the dealership support that they have come to expect in the state. However, no data supports that claim, as Tesla owners can go to any of the surrounding service centres or have over-the-air updates to service the vehicle.
Casino guests can look at and buy Teslas in the showroom as part of the deal with Mohegan. While deliveries will happen at the nearby Sky Valet. Sky Valet will also offer test drives to casino guests. Furthermore, Tesla will also accept Momentum Dollars, the Mohegan Sun’s in-casino currency, to purchase vehicles.
Tesla also confirmed that they will be offering technician training to tribal members and casino workers who are interested in joining the company.