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Going for a test drive Wednesday

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by 1windy, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. 1windy

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    Lokking for suggested questions to ask the sales rep. Never had an ev so I am making a list and don't want to miss anything.

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  2. Electric700

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    Ask if you can test drive one with air suspension. There's a difference in the feel as I think it smooths out bumps in the road. You may also be interested in the panoramic sunroof or the 85 kWh model (more range at about 250 miles) vs the 60 kWh version.

    Other things you can ask about:

    -The Tesla Supercharger network
    -Inventory cars and the discounts offered
    -Order placement, deposit and confirmation (you have two weeks to modify/cancel your order before your deposit cannot be refunded)
    -Financing/leasing
     
  3. purplewalt

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    Please make the most of your first opportunity to learn about the car.
    Get the driver seat set up how you think you will be most comfortable.
    Bring your wife or SO along for the test drive. Maybe the family too.

    Change the steering from Standard to Sport during the test drive.
    Change the Creep mode and the amount of Regen during your drive.

    If your test car has the parking sensors, try then out (parking).
    If the test drive model doesn't have them, ask the rep to explain how it works.
    Same for reverse parking, check out the view on the console.
    There is a lot of info and features on the console: there are about a dozen videos online about the console features, ask questions about anything that is unclear.


    The type of model has a lot to do with what questions you ask.
    With Air-suspension vs. standard suspension.

    How hilly is the area you live in?
    How cold does it get in the winter?
    How big is your family: do you need the Artic package (heated rear seats)?
    Would purchasing the far rear seats be a consideration for you and your family's needs?
     
  4. 1windy

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I am looking forward to it. I live in NYC area. I have a good idea about the super chargers. Not to convenient for me. I am interested in the rebate, won't buy it without it. I am coming out of s550 lease and have looked at the a few different manufacturers. I have to think about waiting for all wheel drive as this is my main transportation.What about down the road reagrding the battery. What qualifies the battery for replacement when it loses some of its effectiveness? If it is at 70% of capacity as compared to new. How does this work. In NY I am only entitled to federal rebate no state rebate. Is there an adjusted gross income limit to get the credit? Does it faze out at certain income levels?
    Thanks for the tips, I hope to get a few more and have a few written down when I go in.
     
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    Learn as much as you can before you drive it.
    Learn more about it after you drive it.
    When you're in it, just drive it, and grin while you're doing it...
     
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    +1 enjoy the ride! And be sure to ask as many questions as you have before and after. And don't be afraid to take another TD if it helps you feel good about your decision. TM wants you to be a happy owner.
     
  7. WarpedOne

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    I had a testrive in Velden, Austria yesterday. I told the guy from tesla to shut up and only give me directions. He just smiled and agreed :) It was a blast in a silver P85+. There were some open roads with 60mph limit.
    BigGeenPress :D

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  8. 1windy

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    Thanks for the responses.
    How does it do in the snow? Especially with an all wheel drive version in the works.
    Thanks
     
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    "drive it like you stole it" :) Not for the whole drive, but don't be afraid to floor it once or twice, it certainly does no harm to the car, and it's a lot of fun. Also, if you can, drive it over roads you're very familiar with, so you can compare the drive dynamics to your outgoing car. I have a certain turn on my regular commute that's just fun in any car that's a bit 'sticky', so it was good to compare the Model S to my old car, though I could only do that after I took ownership, I had to fly to Miami for my test drive :-/

    In reply to your fed credit question, no, there's no gross income limit to qualify for the $7.5k.
     
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    According to owners it does very well. It's a best seller in Norway, so that tells you something right there!

    The right side of the gallery page has a couple good videos on snowy/winter driving:

    Photos Videos | Tesla Motors
     
  11. 1windy

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    Anyone do the gauranteed buyck route?
     
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    Are you asking about the guaranteed buyback when you finance through Tesla Motors?
     
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    I would recommend using the rear camera for the top center console screen. helps w/ blind spots. I felt that visibility out of the rear of the S was limited a bit the first time I drove one. now I have trouble in other cars w/ out the rear cam
     
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    YEs
     
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    I considered but the financing terms were not great.
     

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