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Court hears Buick dealer bid to kill Rivian service center

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This afternoon, a Connecticut Superior Court judge will hear a local Buick dealer’s claim that the City of Shelton’s Zoning Commission should not have given Rivian the okay to establish a Rivian service center in an existing commercial building in the city. The Buick dealer will argue Rivian might possibly engage in illegal vehicle sales activities at the service center in the future and the Rivian service center would cause unfair competition because the direct vehicle sales model is more efficient than their dealership sales model. Rivian will argue the local Buick dealer has no standing under Connecticut law to challenge the zoning commission’s approval to use the property as a vehicle service center. Rivian will ask the judge to dismiss the case.

The Shelton service center would be Rivian’s first service center in Connecticut. If the dealer’s effort in Superior Court fails today, Rivian would next need to obtain a vehicle service business license from the Connecticut Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

You can watch the live stream of this hearing today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. From the attached link to today’s docket tap the only Courtroom 1 case today - (TD Properties LLC v. Planning and Zoning) the one at 3:00 p.m. Then scroll down to the bottom of the docket for today and there is a red button that takes you to the live stream of the hearing at 3:00 p.m. today. If you are interested, the case detail link next to that red button will take you to the Buick dealer’s filed legal argument and Rivian’s filed response.

Here is the link to the docket:
https://jud.ct.gov/PublicAccess/CourtList.aspx?d=AnsoniaMilford
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When you actually hear the court arguments in these cases, they all boil down to “It’s not fair because their business model is better than ours!”

Wah.
 

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I really hope with Covid and the dealer up charges that have been going on dealers finally go to hell...

Honestly I think most people just want the Amazon car shopping. Spec out exactly the car you want and it gets delivered to you.
 

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Last time I checked the USA was a free market capitalist country. Under free market capitalism shitty and inefficient businesses get replaced all the time.

This Buick dealer should move to China with their commie bullshit.
 

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Last time I checked the USA was a free market capitalist country. Under free market capitalism shitty and inefficient businesses get replaced all the time.

This Buick dealer should move to China with their commie bullshit.
I mean I don't think Buick will be around much longer anyway their current line up has been reduced to three crappy crossovers now.
 

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I really hope with Covid and the dealer up charges that have been going on dealers finally go to hell...

Honestly I think most people just want the Amazon car shopping. Spec out exactly the car you want and it gets delivered to you.
Me, yes! with free two day shipping 😂…I cancelled my LE R1 because Rivian couldn’t/wouldn’t sell it to me. Hopefully this bodes well for the end of the traditional dealership model…
 

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They should probably add in that they could maybe possibly sell people cocaine if they have a service center, which I'm assuming is also illegal under CT law
 
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No one is cross shopping a Buick and a Rivian I can assure you.
Agree with that. I’m not sure why the plaintiffs are just the local Buick dealership and the owner of the dealership’s property. The same D’Addario family owns a GMC, a Cadillac and a Nissan dealership in the same “auto row” as their Buick dealership in Shelton Connecticut. They’re presumably fighting to stop the establishment of Rivian‘s service center out of concern for the perceived “foot in the door” threat to their collection of GM brand dealerships and their Nissan dealership.
 

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Who is logging into the live stream only to say "IS THAT A BUICK?!" when they put a Rivian on Screen.
 

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Last time I checked the USA was a free market capitalist country. Under free market capitalism shitty and inefficient businesses get replaced all the time.

This Buick dealer should move to China with their commie bullshit.
Lol, don't disagree with your comment, but car dealerships are a prime example of big money using power and influence in a capitalist society to bend laws to their will. This was done decades ago and now direct to consumer manufactures (ie. Tesla, Rivian, Lucid, etc) need to lobby and fight to have these laws and rules overturned.
 

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Apparently I missed it, anything of note?
 
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Apparently I missed it, anything of note?
I was monitoring and live stream never began. I will check the case record online tomorrow after the update and see if the hearing was rescheduled or it occurred but just didn‘t live stream for some reason.
 

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I was monitoring and live stream never began. I will check the case record online tomorrow after the update and see if the hearing was rescheduled or it occurred but just didn‘t live stream for some reason.
In the true spirit of Buick, the Zoom feed broke down.
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