TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Just hit me about something utterly bizarre regarding Model 3 reservations.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by MXWing, Mar 5, 2018.

Tags:
  1. MXWing

    MXWing Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2016
    Messages:
    5,094
    Location:
    USA
    People are taking deliveries of $49,000+ cars without a test drive?
    I know you can view them in some show rooms and watch plenty of content online - but still - thinking the majority of deliveries are going to owners who are sitting in a Model 3 for the first time and driving off with that 25% first mile depreciation hit.

    If I could take delivery of an AWD Model 3 tomorrow for $54,000 or a completely unknown spec PM3AWD for $70,000 sight unseen/specs unknown - I wouldn't hesitate.

    I still clip coupons so not loaded. I know I need to replace a vehicle and I'm willing to stretch to get what I want and not have regrets on what "could have been".

    Not sure if its just prior good experiences with Tesla and a belief the will "take care of me" that just gives me that confidence to push all in on an undriven vehicle with incomplete software.

    On the flip side, I don't see why the heck you would cancel a refundable at any point $1000 reservation. It's $1000 but its also the equivalent of just a big blind you paid only once to see the flop, turn and river. Leaving the hand and table for a relatively pittance.

    Even if I decided to get another vehicle (hypothetically speaking of course) I'm going to leave my reservation in there -anyway- just to see what develops.
     
    • Like x 4
    • Helpful x 1
  2. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,767
    Location:
    SF Bay
    Yup. I even turned down the opportunity to test drive someone else's because I figured I basically knew what it'd be like but didn't want to spoil it.

    It was worth it ;)
     
    • Like x 5
    • Funny x 3
  3. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,934
    Location:
    The Americas
    Agreed completely re the reservation. At this point, mine will stay probably until they spec the CUV based upon the Model 3 platform, but stay it shall.

    Had I driven an AP2 car before ordering mine, I probably wouldn’t have ordered it and would have kept the AP1 car. So I guess it goes both ways.

    Now that I think about it, for the first S, I remember placing the order, and at that time (late 2014) we had 2 weeks to commit or cancel (or do nothing and the order auto-committed). A couple of days after placing the order, it occurred to me that I should probably go test drive one.

    So I did. I get into the car, note the wonderful expanse of the yacht floor, may it RIP, and realized I had absolutely no idea of how to make that S car go (cue old joke about snails here). Without so much as a hint of a smirk or an involuntary eye roll, the gallery advisor who was riding shotgun kindly noted that I should depress the brake pedal and shift into reverse.

    The Santa Monica store demo cars were parked in a blind parking area from which one backed into an alley. The rear view camera did a fine job of looking around that 90-degree corner for me.

    We all survived the test drive and I was hooked. Came back the next weekend with a friend who couldn’t make it the first weekend and we did it all over again.
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  4. Mo City

    Mo City Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2016
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    USA
    You wanted to be a virgin that first time with your new car.

    Nothing wrong with that.
     
    • Funny x 7
    • Like x 5
  5. EldestOyster

    EldestOyster Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2014
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Moonlight Beach
    The people who are doing that right now are the same ones who spent a very cold night at the mall and then cheerfully handed over $1000 without ever having seen the car.
     
    • Like x 7
  6. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,767
    Location:
    SF Bay
    I didn't bring the jar of maraschino cherries for nothin'
     
    • Funny x 3
  7. emlombardo

    emlombardo Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I wouldn’t have done this for any other car company but I ordered it before I ever even sat in one.

    It didn’t hurt that the early reviews were mostly positive.
     
    • Like x 1
  8. Tiger

    Tiger Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2016
    Messages:
    1,019
    Location:
    Estonia
    It's because Model 3 currently does not depreciate after 1st mile, it appreciates. As soon as you are able to test drive before you buy, aftermarket prices will probably drop. Many people are now buying aftermarket just to get the test drive.
     
    • Like x 1
  9. doubleohwhat

    doubleohwhat Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2016
    Messages:
    705
    Location:
    Alabama
    I've done this with four cars now (in a row actually). Definitely not planned or ideal but that's how it has worked out. Two BMWs, Model S and now the 3. Copious amounts of research and watching/reading reviews helps.
     
    • Like x 2
  10. Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2016
    Messages:
    410
    Location:
    Philly
    Yes, I bought a $50k car that I'd never even sat in. Zero regrets.
     
    • Like x 1
  11. ThosEM

    ThosEM Space Weatherman

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2013
    Messages:
    826
    Location:
    Annapolis, MD
    Yup. The reviews were enough for me, especially the ones touting the acceleration and handling and driving comfort.
     
    • Like x 1
  12. emlombardo

    emlombardo Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    63
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I know more about the Model 3 than any car that I've ever purchased despite not being able to sit in it before ordering it.
     
    • Like x 4
  13. dgpcolorado

    dgpcolorado high altitude member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,779
    Location:
    The Western Slope, Colorado
    Bought my Model S that way. When it was delivered by truck to the small mountain town near where I live, I had never even sat in a Tesla before. I was 300+ miles from a Tesla store so it isn't like I could pop by for a test drive.

    So, not surprised that others are buying the Model 3 without driving it first. With all the user reviews here we have a good idea of what to expect.
     
    • Like x 1
  14. David L

    David L Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2016
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    I sat on my configuration invitation for a week thinking about whether I should rent one on Turo first. But I decided to order, because what other option do I have for my seemingly easy requirements of an EV with >200 mile range, stress free road trip charging, <8s 0-60 (very easy req. by ICE standards), usable driver assistance systems, and not an econobox shell? It makes me sad to realize that none of the other multi-billion dollar market cap. automakers have bothered to address this segment of the market.
     
    • Like x 2
  15. Marsnaut

    Marsnaut Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2016
    Messages:
    314
    Location:
    NYC
    I've posted this before but hell, my family (four people) doesn't even need a car (~estimated 1.5k miles/year) and we're getting LR + PuP + AP.

    I don't know how Elon pulled that one off...
     
    • Funny x 5
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  16. Big Dog

    Big Dog Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2016
    Messages:
    603
    Location:
    Irvine, CA
    Been there, done that. In fact, I have never test-driven a car before purchase. (Chevy, Saab, Volvo, Jag, Audi)
     
    • Like x 1
  17. Snerruc

    Snerruc Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2016
    Messages:
    705
    Location:
    Palm Bay
    +1. Lived in the middle of the Pacific a two day barge trip to the nearest service center. Shipped it 5000 miles th Florida later. Best damn car I ever have owned.
     
    • Like x 2
  18. N5329K

    N5329K Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    1,434
    Location:
    California
    #18 N5329K, Mar 6, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
    Pig in a poke. I didn't reserve until after I saw the car in the reveal, 1 April 7:30-ish. I needed to know what I was reserving. After I saw it, all was good until design details I didn't care for began to emerge. I figured, a test drive will tell me what I needed to know, and it did. The car seemed put together well and felt solid. The overhead glass was wonderful. The center screen was livable-with. The UI was really, truly deeply unnecessarily awkward. HVAC was thunderous on high. Hated the phone as key, but I carry a phone when I drive my antique, so why not grit my teeth and carry it for the 3? And this was important: there was adequate headroom getting in and out of the cabin.
    All was good (enough), until the delivery pushback on the base model.
    You see, the base model fit the mission just fine. I have no mission that requires a $45-55k Model 3.
    And that is why I got my kilobuck back. The car on offer was, as publishers used to say, "Not for us." Easy peasy.
    If Tesla chooses not to build the car that fits our mission when it fits our purchase plans, that's too bad but perfectly OK by me.
    Because someone else will. And the way I see it, that's very good news!
    Robin
     
    • Like x 5
    • Love x 1
  19. jbcarioca

    jbcarioca Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,640
    For me it has not been "never". I have bought several aircraft that way, and lots of cars. In a few cases (NSU, Maserati, Morgan) I had never even seen the model I bought one prior to buying it. Never regretted one, rationally I should regret the NSU RO80 but I do not!
     
    • Funny x 1
  20. 206er

    206er Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2017
    Messages:
    593
    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    Yeah, it's kind of odd to me as a non-owner, but a lot of people who have already received cars are early adopters, investors, and/or diehard EV/Tesla enthusiasts, and kinda new what they were getting into.

    Persistent delivery delays aside, being able to experience a $49k Model 3 for a few hours in January is what convinced me that it wasn't the car for me. Had I not been able to do so, I'd probably still be holding my early morning day 1 west coast reservation and ticked off about delivery delays.

    It's a nice car, just not $49k nice compared to other cars on the market IMO (we apples-to-apples compared it to a range of ICE sedans and small SUVs). Hoping that my new fav, the XC40, doesn't end up disappointing once I finally get to test drive it in a few weeks.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC