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Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online

Olivia Gordon/StateImpact Texas

It's the newest high-end electric car on the market, and it's not sold in Texas. It's not being sold in many other states, either.Tesla has chosen to skip the middle-man and open its own dealerships to sell its pricey Model S electric car. In states like Texas where manufacturer-owned dealerships are not allowed, prospective Tesla customers must resort to buying the car online.

StateImpact Texas explains the reason that law has not changed boils down to money and a powerful automotive dealership lobby which outspent Tesla in Texas.

According to the Tesla Motors website, the nearest Tesla dealership is in suburban Denver.  And although you can't purchase a Tesla in Texas, you can have your Tesla serviced in Austin, Dallas, or Houston.