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How many of you took a "Leap of faith"?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by AC1K, Jul 17, 2013.

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Did you take a Leap of Faith?

  1. Yes

    29 vote(s)
    34.9%
  2. No

    54 vote(s)
    65.1%
  1. AC1K

    AC1K Member

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    #1 AC1K, Jul 17, 2013
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    How many have purchased the Model S but have never seen one in person before your own delivery?

    If you any of these are true, you must answer no

    · Visual contact of any kind in person (You tube videos or internet pictures do not count)
    · Test drove a model S at any location or a friends
    · Sat in one at a Store, Mall, event of some type, car show, etc
    · Touched a model S in any way shape or form with any body part
     
  2. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    I didn't take your 'leap of faith'. But I did fly over 600 miles, with the specific purpose to see my first Model S in person, and drive it. I had my car ordered within about an hour of the test drive was finished. So close.
     
  3. pgiralt

    pgiralt Active Member

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    I had to vote no because I went to the local service center and was able to see and sit in one, but have never driven it and ordered anyway because the nearest test drive location is 5 hours away (Washington DC).
     
  4. jai9001

    jai9001 Member

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    Never saw one live.
    Never drove one.
    300 miles from closest Tesla service center.
    Best decision ever!
     
  5. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    Deposit in 2010, 8 minute test drive in 2012, finalize before any local Sigs got theirs.
    I answered NO but it was a serious leap of faith.
     
  6. Johann Koeber

    Johann Koeber Member

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    I put in a reservation for a S and an X in without having seen but a mock-up at the Frankfurt Auto Show, I think it was 2009. Even signed up for a Sig. Then got interested in Tesla (and TSLA). 2012 in July I bought a Roadster that had been used as a demo car in Munich. I drove that one twice before the purchase.

    I used the money from the Model S Sig to help pay for it. So downgraded to P.

    Test drove the Model S on Jan 25, 2013, again in May. Finalized in June and can't wait to get the car (probably Oct.)

    My faith in Tesla

    - let me put down a Sig Reservation (30.000 Euro)
    - buy a Roadster
    - buy plenty of TSLA (the stock)

    Now that will pay for the S. And more.
     
  7. mitch672

    mitch672 Active Member

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    Answered no, but:

    1. Put down a $5,000 deposit to get an invitation to test drive the Model S at the "Get Amped Tour" when it was in my area (July 2012)
    2. "In My area" turned out to be a 225 mile each way drive to Northern New Jersey. Drove down and test drove it. Never asked for my deposit back and finalized my order. Took delivery in January of 2012
     
  8. ToddRLockwood

    ToddRLockwood Active Member

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    I placed my online deposit before seeing a Model S in the flesh. I eventually saw one at a Tesla store and got a test drive, but it only confirmed what I already knew.
     
  9. Francis Lau

    Francis Lau P-1456

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    Here is my timeline that I posted before. It was a leap of faith for me!

    Here is the timeline of events. It took 3 years and 11 steps to bliss but it was totally worth it. The journey was worth every bit. My kids and the geek in me loved the factory tours and drive events. I think many of you took the same journey too.

    1. 12/5/09: Made reservation

    2. Nearly forgot about Tesla for 2 years

    3. 10/1/11: Factory Tour and Ride Event
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    4. 6/23/12: Test Drive Event
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    5. 8/7/12: Finalized order
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    6. 11/26/12: Received VIN

    7. 11/29/12: Received email that car is ready for delivery
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    8. 11/30/12: Completed delivery survey. Given delivery window of 12/7/12 to 12/21/12
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    9. 12/9/12: Received call on cell phone at 3:36 pm from Delivery Specialist
    Scheduled delivery for Tuesday 12/11
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    10. Picked up car on Tuesday 12/11/12 at noon
    This when I handed over a check for the car and received the keys!
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    11. Bliss!
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  10. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

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    I voted Yes on the grounds that our Roadster hadn't been delivered when we put down the deposit on the Model S over 4 years ago.
     
  11. Seven7

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    No leap of faith here, there's a model S that lives in my neighborhood and I didn't have to go to far for the test drive.That being said I probably would have taken the leap given the buy back guarantee.
     
  12. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    I voted no on the grounds that I waited until my Roadster had been delivered before risking more money on a Model S deposit. :wink:

    Besides, I did get to drive a Model S before taking delivery, but I flew DEN-SEA to do it.
     
  13. Babylonfive

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    Took the leap. Reservation 2984 with no ride until just 6mo before delivery.
     
  14. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    But the OP framed the leap of faith he wanted to find out about as having taken delivery of the car without seeing a Model S in person, much less driven one. Shouldn't you have voted No on that basis?
     
  15. AC1K

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    yeah i kind of ment first contact is basically your own car, but still for a car this expensive, what you did was already a leap of faith.
     
  16. Discoducky

    Discoducky Active Member

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    I believe all owners/investors have taken a leap of faith, but oh how that leap is paying off!
     
  17. jerry33

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

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    I voted no because I went to the Get Amped tour. However, had there not been one, I would have still purchased. I did purchase the 2004 Prius before I even saw a picture (based on how good the 2001 Prius was).
     
  18. Btrflyl8e

    Btrflyl8e Active Member

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    I ordered without seeing one in person, however there was a local club meet up at the Tampa SC about 2 weeks before my delivery, and I couldn't resist at least seeing them. I turned down an offer to drive another club member's P85 as I wanted that first experience to be with my own...
     
  19. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    I voted "no" because I did happen to have a chance to drive both a Roadster and a Model S before I bought them.

    But both were accidents of convenience that happened after I decided to buy the car - if the rides had not happened, I still would have bought them. My previous three cars (2003 RAV4-EV, 2005 Honda Insight hybrid, 2000 Golf TDI) were purchased from afar without me ever having been in a sample or even seen one up close (though I had seen a few Insights and a lot of Golfs drive by on the roads).

    Of course it helps that I'm of fairly average stature, so I don't have to worry about whether or not I will fit.
     
  20. William13

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    No by your definition but yes by almost any other.

    I put down $5000 when the first opened up reservations during the worst of the financial crisis. No factory. Unsecured loan to Tesla.
    Later bigger unsecured loan and stock investment.
     

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