A Tesla owner was recently ticketed for parking in the wrong lot at GM’s Wentzville plant in Missouri. The ticket was for parking a “foreign” car in a parking lot designated for domestic vehicles.
A picture of the parking violation was posted to social media, drawing attention from car fans and enthusiasts unaware of the practice of designating car lots based on the manufacturer’s origin – as well as contempt from those folks who are aware of Tesla’s domestic production.
In a statement to The Drive, a GM representative confirmed that GM designates certain parking lots at the Wentzville plant based on the vehicle manufacturer. GM isn’t alone in the practice, as several other major manufacturers have similar policies.
“Wentzville, like many of our manufacturing sites, has a parking policy and designated parking locations for GM vehicles, non-GM domestic vehicles and foreign nameplates,” the representative said.
The unnamed spokesperson continued by saying that the ticket should not have been issued in the first place, as Tesla produces U.S. models in the U.S.
“Plant security inadvertently thought the Tesla was a foreign car and wrote a ticket accordingly,” the spokesperson said. They added that there is no financial penalty involved in the citation, and that it was originally issued merely as a warning.
In a recent report, Cars.com ranked the Tesla Model 3 as the most-American made car in 2021, with the designation based on things like assembly location, parts content, engine origins, and U.S. manufacturing workforce. The Tesla Model Y grabbed third place on the list, while America’s sports car, the Chevy Corvette, was fifth.
The GM Wentzville plant is located at 1500 E. Rte A in Wentzville, Missouri, and employs roughly 4,500 workers. The facility produces GM’s full-size vans, including the Chevy Express and GMC Savana, as well as its midsize trucks, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Back in May, it was announced that the GM Wentzville plant would transition from three production shifts to two. The facility was idled later that month and is not expected to restart production until July.