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Retro license plate proposal on the move

California lawmakers can’t roll back gas prices or revive eight-track tape players, but they soon may offer motorists something else from decades past: replica license plates.

Assembly Bill 1658 would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue plates resembling those of the 1950s, through ’80s for a fee – $50 initially, $40 per year – to cover administrative costs and raise money for environmental projects.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Los Angeles Democrat who proposed the bill, said it capitalizes on nostalgia and recent production of retro-style vehicles. “What’s old is new,” he says, “and it might make the state a little money, too.”

Plates would not be issued by the DMV until 7,500 had been ordered by the public. They would come in three classic designs, with black lettering on a yellow background, or yellow lettering on either a black or blue background.

The new plates would not be exact reproductions, however. Current plates have seven digits, for example, while those of decades past had six. Reflectivity and font-type standards also have changed through the decades.

AB 1658 received bipartisan support in the Assembly Transportation Committee, 14-0, and is awaiting action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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“I just needed to prove that a car I was selling had a clean history, so I scoured the web for a ‘free vehicle history report'”, explains David Wu, “Unfortunately, there was no such thing as free vehicle history, and I felt ripped off when I resorted to paying $30 for a basic report.” After this experience, Wu went on to found VinAudit.com– a vehicle history reporting service offering a radically lower-cost alternative to CARFAX.

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TAX-FRAUD PROBE: Posh home, used-car lots raided

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Agents confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, that a search warrant was served at the address of 6990 Wyndham Drive, Riverside. — STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

BY DEBRA GRUSZECKI and BRIAN ROKOS | STAFF WRITERS

Two auto-sales businesses and a luxury home in Riverside were raided Tuesday morning by state agents and the Riverside County district attorney’s office as search warrants relating to an investigation into suspicions of sales-tax fraud were served on the occupants.

The warrants, obtained by the state Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization, included a probable-cause arrest warrant, said Tami Grimes, a spokeswoman for the Franchise Tax Board’s criminal investigation bureau.


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Agents entered the home at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Grimes said. The two businesses were searched at 8 a.m., she added.

Investigators at the county and state level declined to reveal details of the probe.

Fraud involving the automotive sales industry can take many forms. Investigations can range from sales tax evasion and employment-tax fraud to money laundering. One tool the government has to stem illegal activity is a law requiring cash payments of more than $10,000 to be reported to tax authorities.

In California, the main tax agency is the Franchise Tax Board. It provides information to the public about taxes owed, and investigates claims of tax fraud. The Board of Equalization collects sales and use taxes, and handles all reports of corporate sales or use tax fraud.

A One Auto Center, a used-car dealer, was launched in 1998 by Ahmad and Nader Samir, according to 2007 published reports in The Press-Enterprise and Entrepreneur magazine. That year, the company claiming its base in San Bernardino made the “Hot 500” rankings at No. 348 for 2006 sales of $56 million and 120 employees.

On Tuesday, both businesses were closed through the day.

State agents could be seen in the parking lots at various times, lugging banker’s boxes toward rented moving vans. At one point, a customer of the San Bernardino car sales company approached a Franchise Tax Board agent to ask if he could go inside to get the registration a car he said he bought.

Turned away, the customer said the agent he’d spoken with told him the business would likely reopen Wednesday. He left the scene, declining to give his name.

Just after 3 p.m., police from the state Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board removed a computer and at least four boxes of evidence from the Wyndham Hill house and put them in an unmarked white van.

Riverside County property records say the home is owned by Sami Nader, whose name also appears on several company-name variations of A-One Auto. He is listed as Sami Naden on corporate filings for A-One Auto Center Riverside Inc., a company listed by the state as being suspended.

Nader could not be reached for comment.

Throughout the day, there was no sign of any of the residents at the home or the businesses.

 

The online real-estate service Zillow.com describes the custom single-story home at 6990 Wyndham Hill Drive as Riverside’s “Taj Mahal.”

County records say the home purchased by Nader in April 2008 carries a value of $1.5 million, after the standard $7,000 homestead-tax exemption.

The narrative on the Zillow report, which is usually written by a real estate agent and can be edited by the property owner, says the seven-bedroom, five-bath home on 2.2 acres at one point received more than $2 million in improvements such as waterfalls, three full-size pools, a sauna, sports court, covered patios, fish tanks and gazebos.

The white house on the corner lot stands out, even among other fancy homes on the street. It stands behind a copper-colored wrought-iron fence punctuated by gold-colored medallions. Two granite fountains spill water into small pools on either side of the walkway.

And then there are the statues and sculptures, ranging from lions to Grecian-style women.

Two Bentleys and one Jaguar — all with paper auto dealer plates on them — were parked on the property Tuesday afternoon.

The property at 6990 Wyndham Hill is connected to a home at 6960 Wyndham Hill by an outside staircase.

Property records could not be immediately found at the county for 6960 Wyndham Hill. However, the Zillow listing says that 7,892-square-foot home has “expansion plans for about 24,000 square feet.”

This is not the first time police have raided a home on Wyndham Hill.

In September 2011, papers were served at the house across the street that was being rented by former San Bernardino Airport developer Scot Spencer. The raid came after a two-year grand jury investigation into airport operations.

Contributing to this report: Staff videographer Chris Ercoli, cercoli@pe.com, and staff writer Timothy Guy, tguy@pe.com

national motor vehicle title information system lingo

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NMVTIS Glossary

Anti-Car Theft Act: Act passed in 1992 to prevent and deter auto theft. Title II of the Act authorizes NMVTIS and is intended to address automobile title fraud. The NMVTIS Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2009.

Auto Recycler: A business that acquires vehicles for recycled use as parts, scrap, or similar purposes.

Brand: Descriptive labels regarding the status of a motor vehicle, such as “junk,” “salvage,” and “flood” vehicles.

Certificate of Title (Title): A document issued by a state showing ownership of an automobile.

Consumer: The individual or entity buying an automobile or financing the purchase of an automobile. Consumers include private individuals, dealers, auction companies or entities engaged in the business of purchasing used automobiles, lenders financing the purchase of new or used automobiles, and automobile dealers.

Insurance Carrier: An individual or entity engaged in the business of underwriting automobile insurance.

Junk Automobile: An automobile that:
(A) Is incapable of operating on public streets, roads, and highways; and
(B) Has no value except as a source of parts or scrap.

Junk Yard: An individual or entity engaged in the business of acquiring or owning junk automobiles for:
(A) Resale in their entirety or as spare parts; or
(B) Rebuilding, restoration, or crushing.

NMVTIS Operator: The individual or entity authorized or designated as the operator of NMVTIS under 49 U.S.C. 30502(b), or the office designated by the Attorney General, if there is no authorized or designated individual or entity.

Purchaser: The individual or entity buying an automobile or financing the purchase of an automobile. Purchasers may be private citizens, dealers, auction companies or entities engaged in the business or purchasing used automobiles, lenders financing the purchase of new or used automobiles, and automobile dealers.

Salvage Automobile: An automobile that is damaged by collision, fire, flood, accident, trespass, or other event, to the extent that its fair salvage value plus the cost of repairing the automobile for legal operation on public streets, roads, and highways would be more than the fair market value of the automobile immediately before the event that caused the damage. Salvage automobiles include automobiles determined to be a total loss under the law of the applicable jurisdiction or designated as a total loss by an insurer under the terms of its policies, regardless of whether or not the ownership of the vehicle is transferred to the insurance carrier.

Salvage Pool: An entity that acquires junk and salvage automobiles from a variety of parties and consolidates them for resale at a common point of sale.

Salvage Yard: An individual or entity engaged in the business of acquiring or owning salvage automobiles for:
(A) resale in their entirety or as spare parts; or
(B) rebuilding, restoration, or crushing.

This definition includes scrap vehicle shredders and scrap metal processors, as well as “pull- or pick-apart yards,” salvage pools, salvage auctions, and other types of auctions, businesses, and individuals that handle salvage vehicles (including vehicles declared a “total loss”).

Total Loss: The cost of repairing such vehicles plus projected supplements plus projected diminished resale value plus rental reimbursement expense exceeds the cost of buying the damaged motor vehicle at its pre-accident value, minus the proceeds of selling the damaged motor vehicle for salvage.

VIN: Vehicle Identification Number; a unique number given to each motor vehicle for identification purposes.

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Established Place of Business: Posting

11709.  (a) A dealer’s established place of business, and other sites or locations as may be operated and maintained by the dealer in conjunction with his or her established place of business, shall have posted, in a place conspicuous to the public in each and every location, the license, or a true and exact copy of the license, issued by the department to the dealer and to each salesperson employed by the dealer and shall have erected or posted thereon signs or devices providing information relating to the dealer’s name and the location and address of the dealer’s established place of business to enable any person doing business with the dealer to identify him or her properly. A sign erected or posted pursuant to this subdivision, on an established place of business, shall have an area of not less than two square feet per side displayed and shall contain lettering of sufficient size to enable the sign to be read from a distance of at least 50 feet. This section shall not apply to a dealer who is a wholesaler involved for profit only in the sale of vehicles between licensed dealers.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 11704 and this section, a dealer may display vehicles at a fair, exposition, or similar exhibit without securing a branch license, if no actual sales are made at those events and the display does not exceed 30 days.

(c) A vehicle displayed displayed pursuant to subdivision (b) or (e) shall be identified by a sign or device providing information relating to the dealer’s name and the location and address of the dealer’s established place of business.

(d) This section shall not be applicable to a dealer who deals only in off-highway vehicles subject to identification, as defined in Section 38012.

(e) Notwithstanding Section 11704 and this section, a vessel dealer may display a trailer and may sell a trailer in conjunction with the sale of a vessel at a fair, exposition, or similar exhibit without securing a branch license if the display does not exceed 30 days.

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used car dealer license procedure for california dmv

DMV Car Dealer Licensing Checklist

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The process can be broken down into three steps:
Dealer Class, Practice Exam & Certificate
Getting your bond & submitting an Application
Final location inspection by your DMV Inspector

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Here is a list of everything:
· Dealer Education School, Call TriStar Motors
800 – 901 – 5950 and to attend obtain your Certificate.
· Register On-Line at www.gotplates.com

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Everyone must take the New Dealer Class,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d05/vc11704_5.htm

· Obtain the DMV Inspector’s number for your area and
leave a message to schedule the examination.
The DMV website @ www.dmv.ca.gov

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Then from the dmv website, www.dmv.ca.gov,

the student must find the:
list of DMV inspectors,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/inspector_office.htm
application for dealers license,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/forms/vehicledealer.htm
list of registration forms,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/formsreg.htm

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· Pay $ 16. and pass the DMV exam.

When you have studied and are prepared for the
DMV dealer examination the student will make an
appointment with the DMV Inspector.

The student will
need to take their:
CA photo ID & TriStar issued DMV Certificate of Completion.
The DMV dealer test is 30 minutes long, 40 questions,
multiple choice.
The student must get 28 correct out of 40, 70%, and
three chances are allowed on one certificate.
If the student does not pass, TriStar supplemental
training is always FREE.
If the student fails the test three times, TriStar will
make a full refund.

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· Choose the Name, Location and Type of dealership.
Once the testing is complete the student begins to
build the business.

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Every dealer needs to choose a name of the
dealership and a location.

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Every dealer MUST have an office.

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Every dealer needs to choose the type of dealership
and vehicle type with endorsements.
Dealer types: Retail or Wholesale Only
( Retail includes Wholesale )
Vehicle Types: A/C cars and trucks
M/C motorcycles
ATV all terrain vehicles
MH motorhome
Rec T recreational trailer
Trl trailer
SM snowmobile

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Endorsements: AutoBroker

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· Obtain the Zoning Verification Letter.
Every dealer must have their location zoning
approved, using the proper DMV form, by the local
planning authority for the office location.
The proper zoning
form:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/ol902.pdf

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· File a Fictitious Name Statement with the county clerk
and have it published in a local paper.
The dealer must file a Fictitious Name Statement with
the county clerk of jurisdiction for the office location.
A list of California county websites:
http://www.csac.counties.org/default.asp?id=7·

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Obtain a Surety Bond in the amount of $ 50,000.
Wholesale & less than 25 cars/ year then $ 10,000.
The surety bond is a promise by the dealer to honor
all obligations on behalf of the dealership, including
DMV fees and penalties, State sales tax and a
judgment by any court against the dealership.
Cash, Savings or a Bond may be posted.
Your credit report will set the Bond Premium
Some credit scores will require collateral.
The DMV form needed to submit your bond:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/ol25.htm
If less than 25 cars per year & wholesale only:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/ol25b.pdf

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· Obtain a Business License
The city or county issuing the zoning permission letter
will usually require a business license.
· Obtain a Live Scan Fingerprint Card.
To obtain a location check:

http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php

DMV Live Scan information:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/livescan.htm
DMV Sample Live Scan Form
http://dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/dmv8016.pdf

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Obtain a Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit.
To obtain a location of a field office:
http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/phone.htm
Board Information on Registration:
http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/reg.htm#sales
Application Form:
http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/boe400spa.pdf

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· Complete the Application and have someone read it
over for you to look for errors and omissions.

Ask your
DMV Inspector if you can FAX it in for review.
· Call the DMV Inspector and submit the Application with
your Bond Declaration Form. You must have a Bond in
place to submit your application. If you wish to be
considered for a temporary license, you must have all
photos completed as well.
list of DMV inspectors,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/inspector_office.htm
DMV photo requirements:
http://dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/photoreq.htm

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Generally you will need:
11 photos for retail
8 for wholesale, 9 for wholesale with a broker endorsement

 They are:

1 Building photo
2 Outside sign photo ®
3 Display area photo ®
4 Office
5 Business License posting photo
6 Resale Permit posting photo
7 Telephone
8 Interior Signs ®
9 Locked Cabinet
10 Checkbook
11 Dealer Book

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· Build your office before you contact the DMV Inspector
for final inspection and clearance.

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· Obtain a phone and have a phone line installed in the
name of the dealership, including a 411 listing.

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· If retail, Obtain and install exterior signs.
One sign if sole user of the location.
Multiple signs if mixed use at the location.

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· If retail, Install the three Office Signs provided by TriStar

The No Cooling Off Period Notice to Public

The Inspection of Vehicle Notice to Public

Car Buyer Bill of Rights Disclosure

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 Create a locked cabinet, desk drawer, file cabinet or safe to store DMV report of sale forms.

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· Open a Bank Account in the name of the dealership.

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· Label a thick 3 ring binder as your dealer book.

This book will hold for all updates sent by the DMV, all ROS
forms you might have to void & your broker log. ·

For registration forms write to:
DMV Forms Office
P.O. Box 932242, Sacramento,CA, 94232
Use the list of forms from the DMV website & add the
REG 262 to the list.
list of registration forms,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/formsreg.htm
Draft a letter on your dealer letterhead including a
copy of your DMV certificate of completion requesting
25 of each listed form.
These forms are sent at no charge.

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· Contact for forms & disclosures.
Their website for dealer forms:
http://licenseframegirl.com

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The four forms needed:

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conditional sales contract CA553
English copy, 4 per set, latest version
Spanish Copy, 1 per set, latest version

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as-is no warranty for Federal Buyers Guide, 327D
English copy, latest version
Spanish Copy, latest version

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car buyer bill of rights option form
English copy, latest version
Spanish Copy,latest version

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Not for Sale Sticker

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· Create & have ready photos of your setup.
Instruction on photos @
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/photoreq.htm

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· Final inspection follows in 90 – 120 days following
clearance from Sacramento.
The DMV Inspector will call you for an inspection appointment.
· When you pass inspection you will receive your:
dealer number
wall license
car dealer license special plates
report of sale forms, for your type of license.

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tesla seeking to break new ground for car sales nationwide

Automaker Tesla looks to bypass car dealers

The Tesla showroom at the Natick Mall has an electric car on display.

WENDY MAEDA/GLOBE STAFF

The Tesla showroom at the Natick Mall has an electric car on display.

Across from the Victoria’s Secret at the upscale Natick Mall is the kind of stylish storefront where you would expect to buy designer jeans, boutique jewelry, and chic accessories.

But the expensive bauble on sale in this storefront is a car — the super-sleek, super-fast Tesla electric vehicle. And the Natick outpost may just be the car showroom of the future, as Tesla plans to soon introduce a midpriced model intended to broaden its appeal among car buyers.

That is, if Tesla wins its pitched battle with Massachusetts auto dealers over the right to sell its vehicles directly to the public from a comfy store, or over the Internet, rather than through a traditional car dealership, as usually required.

On Tuesday, the fight landed the two sides before the state Legislature, where Tesla and local auto dealers, through their state association, asked lawmakers to legislate the terms of car buying in Massachusetts in their respective favors.

The hearing Tuesday on Beacon Hill featured polar policies: one bill that would expressly outlaw Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model, and another that would legalize it.

“It really comes down to consumer choice,” said Natick state Representative David Linsky, who is sponsoring the pro-Tesla bill. “What delivers the best deal, the best service for the consumer? Let’s let the market determine it.”

Elon Musk is chief executive of Tesla, which is fighting battles in other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts.

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Elon Musk is chief executive of Tesla, which is fighting battles in other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts.

The outcome of the case could help shape how consumers go about buying cars, holding out the prospect that it someday may be as easy as, say, going to the Apple store to order a new laptop.

The dealer franchise law was adopted to protect local car sellers from undue pressure from the major automakers by, for example, preventing manufacturers from opening their own nearby car lots and underselling their own dealers.

Robert F. O’Koniewski, executive vice president of the Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association, said the law protects consumers because it encourages car sellers to compete with each other; allowing a carmaker to act as its own dealer would eliminate the dynamic of competition within the brand.

And all Tesla has to do, O’Koniewski said, is join the crowd and sell its cars through the independent dealer system.

“This has nothing to do with trying to prevent them from doing business in the Commonwealth,” O’Koniewski said. “It has everything to do with following the law, like the other 412 dealers have to do and the other 25 manufacturers have to do.”

But Tesla counters that independently owned dealers are in effect exerting a monopoly on car sales in Massachusetts. James C. Chen, the company’s vice president of regulatory affairs, told lawmakers Tuesday that Tesla might shift to a franchised dealership model in the future, but for now the 10-year-old company only makes 21,000 cars per year — not nearly enough to support a network of dealerships selling Teslas exclusively.

That means a dealer would have to sell Teslas alongside gas-powered vehicles, which sets up a conflict of interest, Chen argued.

“There is a financial disincentive for them to sell electric vehicles, versus their internal combustion engine vehicles,” he said. “To tout the benefits of an electric car would naturally denigrate the incumbent technology.”

This is the second major debate in the past year in Massachusetts about competition in the auto industry. The “right to repair” battle pitted auto manufacturers against independent mechanics over access to diagnostic and repair information, which now must be made available through a universal system by 2018. Proponents argued it was unfair for carmakers to monopolize that information and force consumers to bring their vehicles to auto dealers, where manufacturers would receive a slice of the repair bill.

Tesla, meanwhile, is fighting similar battles in many other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts. The company is also dealing with a troublesome setback, as federal safety inspectors on Tuesday launched an investigation into whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery — igniting fires in two Model S cars recently.

The lower-powered Tesla begins at around $70,000 and can top $120,000 with a larger battery and the kind of luxury amenities found in cars made by Jaguar and BMW.

Despite its price tag, the Tesla Model S has wowed car aficionados and industry reviewers with its super-fast performance, super-sleek design, and high-tech interior. No less a gimlet eye than Consumer Reports earlier this year gave the Model S a near-perfect rating — 99 out of 100 — and described the car’s performance as “a silent yet potent surge of power that will make many sports cars weep with envy.”

The higher-powered version can travel about 265 miles on a single charge and recovers about 30 miles for every hour of charging with a traditional plug.

Supercharging stations, which Tesla is building at highway rest stops across the country — with two in Connecticut — can provide a simple repower in less than an hour.

The company plans within the next few years to unveil a more affordable car that it expects will start at about $35,000, though a firm release date has not been set. More immediately, Tesla will again try to push the futuristic envelope with its Model X SUV, scheduled for next year at a similar price as the Model S. The Model X will feature “falcon wing” doors that open vertically.

The Tesla’s performance is one of the reasons Hingham resident Laura Burns bought the Model S. But she said the best part was the direct-buying experience.

“There may be people who like to haggle with dealers, but I don’t know any,” she said. “Most people hate it. The experience was night and day.”

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.