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Tesla receives OK from DMV to build and operate West End dealership, service center

The news comes after Virginia’s DMV commissioner overturned a September ruling saying the company could not operate a dealership.

Trevor Dickerson



After a long-fought battle with the Virginia Automobile Association and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Tesla has finally won the right to operate a dealership in the Commonwealth.

The story, as originally reported by TechCrunch, indicates Tesla plans to open a dealership in the West End and crews are expecting to work “swiftly” to make that a reality. The new showroom and service center would be located at 9850 W. Broad Street, at the corner of Stillman Parkway.

The battle with Virginia entities is but one of many the company has had to fight across the country, battling regulations on a state by state basis. In the case of the Commonwealth, the DMV commissioner overturned a ruling made in September denying the company a license, citing “overwhelming public support.”

From TechCrunch:

While the state’s Automobile Dealers Association lobbied to prevent the license being granted, the commissioner noted in his ruling that even by their own admission they would not be able to make money on operating third-party Tesla dealerships given the carmaker’s sale model. The commissioner also cited Tesla’s leading customer satisfaction stores for the quality of its service centers as another reason for granting the license.

Tesla provided the following statement:

Tesla applauds the Commissioner’s decision to allow us to open our new store and service center in Richmond, Virginia.

This decision will allow Richmond-area consumers to learn about and purchase their Tesla vehicles in closer proximity to their homes. We are thankful for the many Tesla owners and Virginians for their support.

We intend to swiftly begin construction to open our new store and service center at 9850 West Broad Street and look forward to joining Richmond’s business community.

Read TechCrunch’s full coverage here.

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