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Electric Car Dealer To Open in Highland Park

With a price tag in excess of $60,000 Tesla Motors will open its first dealership on the North Shore.

Site of a Tesla sales and service center in New York. Courtesy Patch File.
Site of a Tesla sales and service center in New York. Courtesy Patch File.

Tesla Motors, a luxury automobile company selling luxury electric cars with a price tag in excess of $60,000 will open its first North Shore dealership and the fourth in Chicgoland at 1200 Old Skokie Road in Highland Park by the end of the year, according to a story on Chicago Real Estate Daily.

There are already 100 Tesla cars in Chicago and more than 500 in Illinois, according to the Chicago Real Estate Daily story. “I live there, and you see a bunch of (Tesla) cars,” Daniel Hyman of Highland Park, who is involved in the commercial real estate industry, said in the article. “It's easier to have one in your garage at home where you can plug it in, than being in the city and living in a condo building.”

Josh Silverglade of Equitable handled the real estate transaction with the assistance of the City of Highland Park, according to Highland Park City Councilwoman Alyssa Knobel.

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William d Brown October 19, 2013 at 07:57 AM
It's a start
David Greenberg October 21, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Seems appropriate that an 'electric car' dealership would be right next to the high tension power lines, eh? ;->
Stuart Senescu October 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Think of the sales tax going to HP on a $75000 sale. Sure beats the sale tax revenue on cupcakes and gelato cups.
David Greenberg October 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I think HP has a 0.5% sales tax... so on $75K, you're looking at $3750.... On a $5/cupcake, that's $0.25, or about 15,000 cupcakes :-) On the one hand, you have a super cool, fun to drive Tesla... on the other hand, 15,000 cupcakes would be very fun to eat (well, short of the sugar coma, and onset of diabetes, but I digress...)... such a dilemma :-) Of course, this is just off-the-cuff calculations. We can't truly begin to determine which is the better deal for the tax payers until we know about any tax rebates, incentives, givebacks, forebearances, reductions, forgiveness of fees, and so on... If memory serves, there's been a car dealer or two that got some pretty healthy rebates from the taxpayers...
Rich M October 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM
A friend of my brother's bought a Tesla this summer and lives in HP. Too bad we couldn't take advantage of the sales tax.
Steve Sher October 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Since Tesla is not allowed to sell directly to the consumer in Illinois, this store will not be a dealership", all sales occur over the internet and I suspect no sales tax will go to HP.

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