Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online

Sep 15, 2013

You can look. You can touch. But you can't quite buy it here. The Tesla S at the company's showroom in Austin.
You can look. You can touch. But you can't quite buy it here. The Tesla S at the company's showroom in Austin.
Credit Olivia Gordon/StateImpact Texas

It's the newest high-end electric car on the market, and it's not sold in Texas. It's not being sold in many other states, either.

Tesla has chosen to skip the middle-man and open its own dealerships to sell its pricey Model S electric car. In states like Texas where manufacturer-owned dealerships are not allowed, prospective Tesla customers must resort to buying the car online.

StateImpact Texas explains the reason that law has not changed boils down to money and a powerful automotive dealership lobby which outspent Tesla in Texas.

According to the Tesla Motors website, the nearest Tesla dealership is in suburban Denver.  And although you can't purchase a Tesla in Texas, you can have your Tesla serviced in Austin, Dallas, or Houston.