By Chase Hill / March 1, 2019

Tesla Is Closing Its Stores, Selling Cars Online

If you don’t like the car, you can return it within a week.

Tesla's Model 3 (Telsa)
Tesla's Model 3 (Telsa)

Electric car creator Tesla just announced they are closing most of their brick and mortar stores in favor for selling their vehicles online.

Customers can purchase the car and, if they’re not happy with the vehicle, can return it within one week or within 1000 miles of use. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO is confident motorists won’t exercise the return policy.

The company wouldn’t say how many employees were at risk for losing their jobs but said “a small number of stores in high-traffic locations [are] remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers.”

Back in June of 2018 Tesla announced a company-wide restructuring strategy, but it’s unclear if plans to shudder Tesla sales centers was a part of the reorganization. However, the company is increasing the number of service centers and mobile services to better accommodate the demand of their customers.

Tesla posted a blog about the new purchasing process revealing plans for online sales to extend worldwide. “You can now buy a Tesla in North America via your phone in about 1 minute, and that capability will soon be extended worldwide,” the announcement stated. “We are also making it much easier to try out and return a Tesla, so that a test drive prior to purchase isn’t needed. You can now return a car within 7 days or 1,000 miles for a full refund. Quite literally, you could buy a Tesla, drive several hundred miles for a weekend road trip with friends and then return it for free.”

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