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Buy without a test drive - crazy?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by InternetDude, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. InternetDude

    InternetDude Member

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    How crazy is it to buy a Telsa 85D without even test driving one first?

    I'm 1,700+ km from a Tesla store and I've been trying to locate a Tesla close to me to check it out. Unfortunately it's easier said than done. I've been lurking here for a bit and I'm sure I've watched 100 or more videos on YouTube. I feel like just buying one but is it weird to drop $110K+ on a car without even seeing it in person? Maybe I need help LOL
     
  2. astrotoy

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    We did for our S85. We ordered in June 2012 and it was delivered in February 2013, about 4 months earlier than originally promised. We finally saw one in person about 3 months before it arrived, at a showroom, but they didn't have any available to drive. At that time, there were not many vehicles available for test drives.
     
  3. sataponw

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    I ordered the P85D without a test drive either. From all I have been reading in the past 2 years, I am sure I will like it.
    I didn't want to test drive the car before because I knew I would have wanted to buy it right away (and I would have missed out on the D).
     
  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Not at all. I've purchased several cars without a test drive and only VW TDI was a bad decision (just a horrible car).
     
  5. Btrflyl8e

    Btrflyl8e Active Member

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    I bought mine without ever even seeing one up close. No regrets!
     
  6. wayner

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    How often has a test drive changed one's mind? I test drove a P85 in early Nov and immediately ordered a P85D - but I was pretty sure that I was going to order the P85D no matter how I enjoyed the test drive. Nobody who has ordered a P85D, at least until the last week, has been able to test drive the car that they ordered.
     
  7. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Crazy? No. You will love it.
     
  8. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    I bought without even seeing one let alone driving one. They didn't do these test drive events back in 2012. Hell, the service centers didn't even exist nor the superchargers. They have come a long way...
     
  9. purplewalt

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    I had seen one up close about 2 weeks in St. Louis before I had a chance to actually sit in one in Austin, Texas' gallery.
    I don't know if TM had test drives at the time, but I went ahead and ordered the car when I returned home in June 2013.

    Still pinching myself and grinning here.
    :rolleyes:
     
  10. m1ker

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    We bought without driving. I know it will be awesome, and don't have any worries.
     
  11. Hugh Mannity

    Hugh Mannity Mediocre Member

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    Reserved the mx without a test drive obviously and dont require one. All you need to do is read/watch what owners are saying, the ms is phenomenal so expect the mx to be just as good.
     
  12. InternetDude

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    Yeah to be honest the last 2 new vehicles I bought, the test drive didn't sway me one way or the other, I had my mind made up by then.
     
  13. RodF

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    Same here, bought it without even having the opportunity to see one in person. Best car I ever had.
     
  14. PoweredByRain

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    So, just to throw in an experience which is different from the crowd: I reserved a Model S the day that Superchargers were announced (24 Sep 2012). I was not willing to buy the car sight unseen, however, as I am 1.95m (6'5") tall and have experienced cars which I do not fit in. So, I made a trip to Seattle (Bellevue) to test drive the car.

    I was happy to learn that I fit in the front seat, but I was not too happy about the ingress/egress (I'm used to it now). While the car was great to drive, it didn't strike me as $100,000 great to drive. But that was really me just rationalizing not wanting to spend that much. I kept waffling... at the time I had a Nissan Leaf, and I was ecstatic just to be able to drive electric. I didn't need more range, though there were times it would have come in really handy.

    I was still going to get the S, but with delays in delivery to Canada pushing it out likely past the change in taxation and incentive in B.C. (the difference being about $8000), I decided to cancel and reserved a Model X instead.

    That lasted six months. The $5000 B.C. EV incentive was restored, which helped psychologically. I just managed to gain the courage to throw $100,000 at a depreciating asset (and take a hit on selling the Leaf) because, what the hell, it was worth it. Plus, I didn't have to wait - I bought the Vancouver service centre's demo car. I don't regret it for a moment.

    So, the question I would ask is: do you have any reservations about the car that would be addressed by a test drive? If so, arrange for a test drive. If not, then don't sweat it, because all that you read about the Model S from the enthusiast owners out there is true. I think that once you've driven the Model S you really won't want to drive anything else.

    I do miss the heated steering wheel from the Leaf. That's about it. :)
     
  15. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    When I put up the deposit to reserve mine, I didn't even know the TM or TMC forum existed. Blind Buy is another word for it. I had not even sit in a Model S. It was another two months before I found to sit in. It was sold so the SC could not let me drive it.
     
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    I put a deposit on mine without having the chance to be closer than 50 meters from a Tesla. Before delivery, I had the chance to sit in Steph's car at the Ottawa Auto Show. So mine was the first one that I actually drove.
     
  17. InternetDude

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    No. It's just a big commitment and the nearest SC will be 700km away but those aren't deal breakers.
     

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