Read up on the long legal process that has been going on between Tesla and Texas. Also Tesla and MI. The influence from Manufacturer money and Dealer association money is unacceptable and money influence in politics needs to be eliminated from this issue. Consumer right to choose is being crushed in states that are trying to stop manufacturer direct sales of Tesla or any other new manufacturer that is choosing to sell direct instead of the sometimes less than consumer friendly Franchised dealer model that a lot of consumers are unhappy with.
Remember that Tesla builds beautiful new dealerships that employ many in state that allow them to sell Tesla vehicles direct to consumers. I live in MI and know that is unfair to consumers who want to purchase a Tesla. More jobs would be nice as a result of the new dealerships that Tesla would build in the states that have been playing legal games with preventing the direct sales model in their states.
Gulf States Toyota is a franchise that was purchased back in '69 to sell and distribute Toyota cars. It has made it's owners quite wealthy. Blame Toyota for doing that to try and get a foothold in the USA 43 years ago. Toyota would love to buy it back but it would not benefit Gulf States owners who don't want to sell. We don't have to like it but it exists because of Toyota.
Yep, it has nothing to do with politicians. What they may do with their money and politics I don't know and I don't care. They took a chance on this company and it's tiny cars and that gamble has paid off very well for them.
The dealership angle is tricky. Dealerships provide local jobs and a brick-and-mortar place you can deal with.
As long as your jurisdiction has "right to repair" then maybe some of the Tesla customer service model isn't a nightmare.
We've been very fast to do some odd things in the last few years:
-regulate taxi companies like crazy but not so much on the ride sharing
-regulate the hotel/motel industry like crazy but not so much the online-daily-rentals.
I'm not sure it's a better world with no taxi companies, hotels or dealerships. Remember, Uber didn't (hasn't? I'm out of date) even try to make money offering their service for the first few years. The insane stock valuation was based on growth & projections not actual profitability.
Once the regulated cab companies are gone from a market I expect the ride services prices will go up. I imagine the same will hold true for the other businesses being usurped.