[Oeva-list] [OEVA-list] SHOULD we let Tesla off the hook?

Hansen, Chris chris.hansen at intel.com
Wed Jul 3 15:42:55 PDT 2013

I bought a Tesla a few months ago. The "Tesla delivery specialist" handled everything. Same basic experience as with past cars I bought in Oregon except the car was delivered to my home. I was billed for all of the state taxes, fees etc at one time and he had the temporary permit ready which he stuck to the back window of the car for me. The car was nicely cleaned up and the only difference was that I didn't get a full tank of gas.  Later I had a small problem with the car which I brought to the Tesla Service Center in Tigard. Also very much like visiting a traditional dealer for a repair.

In Oregon, Tesla has their showroom in Washington Square Mall, and a Service Center in Tigard, and Delivery Specialist somewhere. Im guessing they physically are at the Service Center in Tigard as the cars seem to be prepped there as I saw new ones with protective coating on them. So Tesla certainly has a presence in the state. I don't see how this setup differs from my point of view as a consumer.

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Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] [OEVA-list] SHOULD we let Tesla off the hook?

I can only speak for the states I have lived in, but car registrations are very controlled in most states.  In Washington, the registration process is very controlled regarding sales taxes and compliance.  I am free to buy a car anywhere, but the registration process will make sure the sales tax is collected.  If I buy in Oregon, the dealer may take care of the sales tax for you, but it is not required.  You may choose to to pay it when registering the car in Washington.  If I previously purchased that vehicle in another state with a lower sales tax within a certain time window, I would be required to also pay the difference in sales tax to WA at registration time.

Registering certain cars or age of cars in Washington may require you to visit a state patrol inspection station to get a certificate of compliance before you are allowed to register the vehicle (and trailers).

>> What happens if
>> you bring a car in from out of state.. purchased elsewhere, and try 
>> to license it?
> Good question.  Ask people who try to import vehicles that are non-compliant in California and get them licensed. 
>> Should a lemon claim "somewhere" stop you from licensing your legally 
>> purchased vehicle?

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