Connecticut Car Dealers Launch Obnoxious Anti-Tesla Website

Likely, whether you’re a fan of Tesla Motors or not will have no bearing on your sentiments regarding the following; some automotive dealers in the state of Connecticut have set up an anti-Tesla website in order to publicly shame the electric carmaker into giving caving to the franchise dealership model.

The folks at Jalopnik were kind enough to bring this to the public attention: a website called Tesla Crash. Apart from being the way a Neanderthal might recount an accident to the 6 o’clock news, Tesla Crash is, quite simply, the latest in a string of underhanded attempts to pressure the electric carmaker into accepting the traditional dealership model.

The site is full of agenda-ridden anti-Tesla anecdotes, unsubstantiated claims, and other rhetorical nonsense whose intended effect is to say: “A few people in a few places have had some negative experiences with their personal Teslas. Buy from a dealership and everything will be 100 percent awesome and perfect and you’ll be happy and taken care of and factory direct sales are the worst.”

But here’s the kicker: a statement on the website’s front page says that “local Connecticut dealers are ready and willing to sell Tesla immediately.” Because why wouldn’t Mr. Musk et al. want to work with the group of people who orchestrated such a thoughtful and one-sided anti-Tesla brand assassination?

The statement carries on at length, concluding with: “We hope that Tesla will reconsider legislation, if the company is truly serious in working with us. We welcome a conversation with Tesla on how we can work together.” We have one idea as to what might make talks more amicable: stop publicly flaming the brand you so desperately want to sell.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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