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Tesla offers 1st incentive in owner referral program

Electric car maker Telsa Motors Inc. is offering its first incentive, $1,000 to new-car buyers who are referred by current Tesla owners. Owners who make a referral also will get $1,000 in their Tesla account that can be spent on a car purchase, service or accessories. CEO Elon Musk said the $2,000 is about equal to what it costs to sell a car through a company store and he's passing it on to customers. The Tesla Model S is the only current model and it starts at $70,000. New car orders must be placed by Sept. 30 to get the deal. Musk also says the plan is a guerrilla tactic to counter states that have auto dealer franchise laws that don't allow his company owned stores. The...

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