Tesla Is Pushing For Change in Georgia

Tesla Direct Sales in GeorgiaSome people now believe there has been a campaign to brainwash consumers into thinking that petroleum-fueled transportation is our only option for centuries. While this is a little outlandish, Tesla is a company that is breaking out of these bounds by bringing to life its line of clean electric cars and a new business model. It’s the only such model that has made sense so far, and especially in light of the ever-changing awareness through the internet that is shaping the way consumers buy things, it may just be the way of the future.

Instead of following the laws that say a car manufacturer is not allowed to sell more than 150 cars directly to consumers a year, Tesla has pushed the legal limits to be able to see its product directly to buyers instead of the seemingly absurd rule of a “dealer” being the only legal way for a car company to sell its cars. Dealer associations across the US have been fighting the company’s direct sales model, and Georgia is just the latest locale where dealer ire has been raised. The Georgia Dealers Association has filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Revenue claiming that the company sold 173 cars–23 more than the cap. The laws supporting this old and archaic format are only in place because of the large financial interests behind them campaigning and lobbying politicians to make them pass. Tesla has shown, in a statement to the public, and through their actions, that they are here to stay and the dealers aren’t happy about it one bit.

Read the full article here:
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/03/georgia-dealers-oppose-tesla-showrooms/

Concept Car Exhibition at High Museum of Art!

If you live in the Atlanta area, you’re in for a treat.  The High Museum of Art is featuring a new exhibit entitled “Dream Cars:  Innovate Design, Visionary Ideas.”  The concept is to display the wildest, rarest, most forward-thinking concept cars from the last eight decades. There are seventeen cars in all, with concepts from the likes of Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche, GM, and more. You can preview the cars here at the museum’s official website.

The jet fighter-inspired vehicle featured at the top of this post is the GM Firebird XP-21, a turbine-powered concept that debuted in 1954 as a study into the practicality of jet engines in passenger vehicles. As you might imagine, a jet fighter on four wheels failed miserably (if beautifully) in the practicality department. Not only did the XP-21 have only one seat and TERRIBLE gas mileage, the tailpipe burned at about 1000 degrees–not something you would want to find yourself stuck behind in rush-hour traffic.

Thanks to Petrolicious for letting us know about this new exhibit!

What Are The Best Used Car Dealers in Atlanta?

Buying a used car can make anyone nervous. A thousand questions and doubts go through your mind while you are shopping: Is the dealership trying to pull a fast one? What if there is something major wrong with this car and no one knows it yet? That makes the dealership’s reputation pivotal. Here are the top used car dealerships in the Atlanta area based on customer feedback.

World Premiere Auto Deals
658 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Hennessy Lexus of Atlanta
5955 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30341

Marietta Auto Mall Center
875 S Cobb Dr SE
Marietta, GA 30060

Independent Used Car Inspections

These dealerships have received kudos for the sales process and service after the purchase. While these dealerships have received positive reviews during 2013, your experience may be different. It is in your best interest to have any used car inspected by an independent mechanic that you trust before you buy. Typically, this shouldn’t cost more than $100–if not even cheaper–and it could save you hundreds and hundreds in future headaches. What if the vehicle you’re inspecting is going to need ball-joints or shocks? What if the power-steering box is leaking, or the tires show signs of irregular wear? Seemingly minor issues like these can cost you several hundred dollars in parts and labor.

Making Sure the Price is Right

Again, these dealerships have great records of service from past customers. However, it is still in your best interest to visit KBB.com and check the retail value of any car you’re considering. You could check these values easily from your smartphone, and this should give you the ability to negotiate from a strengthened position. You certainly don’t want to pay more than the book value for a used car. Go here for used cars available from dealers in the Atlanta area.