[i] "We believe that Tesla, like all the other auto dealers in the state, should get a license, appoint a dealer, fall under the protection of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and sell cars," Glaser said. 'We just want them to play by the same set of rules that the other 7,000 dealers in the state do."
Glaser said there are minimal costs associated with appointing a dealer. All Tesla would need to do is to establish a franchise agreement with the dealer and send them cars, he said. The dealer, in turn, would need to be licensed and regulated by the DMV.
I believe what is missing from this quote is the following: Once they establish a dealer we can tax the transaction twice. Once when it is sold to the dealer and once when it is sold to the end user. Online sales eliminate the 5% of the wholesale cost we get from other vehicles.
MA does this with alcohol. They tried to tax it a 3rd time, but pretty srure the Kennedy's stepped on that one.