Telsa Motors was in Windsor on Sunday, offering up test rides of its Model S luxury electric car in an attempt to entice new customers — an experience not shared by drivers across the river Michigan. 

Tesla sells its cars directly to customers, foregoing a dealership.

But state laws in Michigan require sales of new vehicles to operate through a dealership.

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A pair of Model S vehicles sit out front the Hilton Hotel on Sunday. (John Van Dusen/CBC )

Tesla uses its stores as showrooms, allowing customers to learn about the cars before making a decision. Customers can then purchase the car online. 

The California-based electric car company operates showrooms and galleries in 21 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as showrooms in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.