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I've been a stalker for over a year...now I am an owner as well

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by CurtGentry, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. CurtGentry

    CurtGentry Member

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    Last Friday my wife and I took off on a drive to Mundelein, Illinois. I had come very close over the past year to clicking the "Order" button to order a new Tesla Model S. When the Dual Motor option was announced, I immediately wanted to order one, but didn't. I had a 2008 BMW M3 Convertible which was a great car. I am not the greatest car salesman in the world, so my attempts to sell it were not very aggressive. I knew I'd lose a lot of equity in the car if I traded it in. My one visit to a Tesla Store in Oak Brook Illinois to find out what they would offer me on my car as a trade in was disheartening.

    So, I continued playing around with the Model S configuration tool online and dreamed.

    One day I thought to myself - I have an M3, but how often do I REALLY utilize the "M" Mode and go crazy? Rarely. I currently have a Rear Wheel Drive car. Do I need Dual Motors? No. Even in snow and ice I often notice myself being able to maneuver through the roads better than most people with front wheel drive.

    I then started searching eBay and Autotrader just like I had when I decided I wanted an M3. I searched and searched and searched until I found what I thought was a good price on a great car. When I found it, I emailed the salesman. I didn't even give him a real phone number. I didn't want any pressure. I asked for a trade in value on my M3 and for some wiggle room on their price. I was shocked that they came back with a fairly good offer for my car and they came down $1,777 on the Model S. One more email back telling them to give me $1,000 more on my car and we have a deal. A reply that said Ok. Done.

    I picked up the car the next day. I couldn't be happier.
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    [SUB]My Tesla Model S - P03288 - 2013 - Blue - Pano Roof - 21" Wheels - Tan Interior - Purchased Used w/7,000 Miles - 01/02/15 [/SUB]
     
  2. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    Congrats, Curt! Welcome to the fold.
     
  3. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    Well played!
     
  4. Gabzqc

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    Congrats! I am in a similar boat... just need a bigger amount of used cars up here in Northern Europe!
     
  5. CurtGentry

    CurtGentry Member

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    I appreciate that.
     
  6. CurtGentry

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    I honestly worried that announcing I had a "USED" Model S, some might consider it less of a milestone since I didn't get to go through the waiting process and build notifications. I'm happy to be part of the Tesla Family.
     
  7. In2oil

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    Great Story, Congratulation. Beautiful car.. you will love it! Welcome to the TESLA Family.
     
  8. Xenoilphobe

    Xenoilphobe Active Member

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    Congrats brother and welcome to the Tesla Community! Nice financial move on buying used! Smart Man!
     
  9. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    No worries, plenty of people are buying former loaner cars, and its the only way to get a Roadster.
     
  10. TES-E

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    Welcome! Good move... one that I am sure will become more common. :biggrin:
     
  11. AmpedUP

    AmpedUP EV Nut

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    Curt, you sound like me...except my trade in will be a 2004 Chrysler Sebring ! Hopefully, the Chrysler will cover the sales tax!
     
  12. CurtGentry

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    HA! Trust me, I think it's worth it!!! What a wonderful feeling owning such a great vehicle.
     
  13. Lintrix

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    What a good find! Congrats and welcome to the Tesla fam Curt
     
  14. rjcbox

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    Great story! Thanks for sharing & Congrats on your new ride!
     
  15. RiverBrick

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    Congrats and nice timing with the opening of the local Supercharger.
     
  16. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    Well Done! I will be joining you soon, till then, many safe and happy miles to you.
     
  17. Raffy.Roma

    Raffy.Roma Active Member

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    Congratulations! Hope to join you soon.
     
  18. DrGuest

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    CurtGentry, Welcome and Way to make your Dream turn to reality. It seems to be a character trait among many Tesla owners, They know what they want and take action to find a way to get it done! I was not sure if I could afford a Model S85 and then I found a credit union that gave me 1.49% financing and it made it possible for me. That was 13 months and 16,000+miles ago and I am so happy with my decision. Best car and best service I have ever had! Owning a Tesla is a Dream come True! :) Montana just got it's Superchargers the past couple months and I am loving driving long distances for free! (no extra cost)
     
  19. Shortmanz

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    Congrats CurtGentry - nice color combo, btw!

    It sounds like you and I took similar paths our Tesla's. I made the "mistake" of test driving a Tesla last April and was immediately smitten. I spent the next 6 months trying to figure out how to financially justify a Model S and read everything I could find about Tesla. I had it so bad that I went through a period of time where I would configure my dream car on the Tesla site almost every evening - LOL! I was going to order a new one, but in September I found a great price on a gently used Tesla S85 with only 8300 miles on it that I just couldn't pass up. I have absolutely no regrets other than being stuck in the Texas Supercharger island... It is certainly one of the most satisfying purchases I have ever made. The Model S is a phenomenal car to drive.

    Blue, Grey Leather, Model S 85, VIN P11xxx, Tech package, Smart Air Suspension, Panoramic Roof, Premium Lighting, 19" Standard Wheels
     
  20. Davide

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    These are fantastic stories. Welcome to the family that is changing the world!
     

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