Storey County Gets It’s First Car Dealership. Sort Of.
Telsa announced this week that they are opening Northern Nevada’s first Tesla “dealership”. Tesla says that customers can schedule an appointment to take delivery of a new Tesla and take a tour of the Gigafactory online.
Car buyers must configure and register for the pickup and tour in advance. Tesla said the opportunity goes through December 31st. It is unknown if this is a permanent thing or something that will be over with the holidays. Given the typical end-of-quarter sales push that has driven Tesla over the past year, this may just be a sales gimmick.
A New Source Of Sales Tax?
This is interesting from Storey County’s perspective; could this be a boon for taxable sales? Tesla is exempt from paying sales tax on items they purchase, but Tesla buyers are not. However, most states require that when a new car is registered, sales tax collected in the county where the new car is being registered.
Tesla is most likely issuing a temporary Nevada registration to allow the purchaser to drive the new car home. Once the freshly minted Tesla owner registers the car at home, the county they live in collects the sales tax.
Unless someone here in Storey County is buying a new Tesla, this announcement will probably not benefit Storey County much. A number of boards have people saying they will be coming to take delivery of a new Tesla and take the tour of the Gigafactory. However, they will be eating, drinking and staying in Reno, not Virginia City, thus stimulating the economy of Washoe County and not Storey County.
Special Use Permit Required For Tesla Dealership?
Storey County loves to give out special use permits. The Teller will check with the Business Development Department to see if any revenue is generated by a new license. The regulations surrounding retail automotive, and car dealerships are always interesting, so we may have a hidden windfall after all.
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