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Just sold my Model Y - Parting thoughts

I just sold my Model Y to Driveo. Great price BTW - 62,500 for a May Build 2021 Model Y with 20" wheels. It was a quick and smooth experience.

Since this was my first Tesla, I thought I'd share some thoughts on the car having owned it for almost 7 months.

Highs:
1) Powertrain. Power deliver was very impressive - especially given this was the LR and not the Performance model.
2) Phone Key. I love the phone key. It is so simple and I don't know why every OEM doesn't implement it in the same way. This is one of those things other companies over complicate.
3) Some other cool nuggets in software - I like the built-in streaming services, the ability to open and close garage door based on proximity, the simple and intuitive user profiles and the way you set them up.
4) Space. The Model Y is extremely well packaged with lots of interior space and lots of storage. It's really amazing.
5) Value. At the $52k price this car sold for new, it was untouchable in terms of value.
6) 5 standard heated seats and heated steering wheel. This was very impressive to me and is one of the things that makes Tesla appealing on the used market. You don't need to worry if it has this or doesn't have it depending on how it was specced.
7) Impressive resale value.

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Lows:
1) Rigidity. The car did not feel very rigid. You could sense a the chassis flex every time you drive. It felt cheaply built compared with a German car. They went with style over engineering. I would prefer a more rigid car than an uninterrupted glass roof.
2) Rough suspension. The suspension on the Model Y is pretty poor. You feel everything. I know some will say it is because I got the 20" wheels. However a lot of cars have 20" wheels with low profile tires and don't have this issue. This is one area they should have done a better job.
3) Autopilot. I like the Autopilot, but I also hate it. I regularly found myself in situations where it would tell me auto steering is disabled for the rest of the drive. I've never experienced that with any other brand.
4) Extreme minimalism. No roof blind or blackout function. No instrument cluster. Cheap doorhandles. No ambient lighting. Lack of physical buttons and switches to an extreme.
5) Range falls short of EPA estimates.

Overall I would say I leave Tesla with a positive impression of the brand, but I also feel there are a few areas they badly need to address if they want to stay leaders in this segment. The lows I described above will be important to address as the competition catches up in other aspects.
 
"So far in 2021, short sellers in Tesla - the biggest short in the stock market - have endured $14.2 billion in realized and unrealized losses, according to Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of predictive analytics at S3 Partners."

"It’s hard to imagine anyone has had a better year than Elon Musk did in 2020.

His personal net worth soared like one of his SpaceX rockets, increasing by more than $100 billion. And his loudest critics, aka investors who shorted Tesla (TSLA) stock on the assumption the share price would go down, lost a record $40.1 billion betting against him, according to analysis by S3 Partners."
 
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True. But Tesla’s stock at its peak was a ridiculous bubble. Also curious to see how it fares when the bottom falls out of the auto market.
Based on Gary Black, it was not a bubble at all even at its peak since the target price is much higher all the time. Also, TSLA is different than legacy auto market and different expectation. It is treated more like a tech company then auto maker, and it has been crushing all the expectations on the street. Also, it has many positive catalysts that are coming up, so it will be a good long term investment, and even for short term quick in and out if you can time it right. =)
When Tesla first started and its price was around $150, all the expectation and experts were saying they will crash to a single digit price and eventually disappear, but the opposite happened.
 
Based on Gary Black, it was not a bubble at all even at its peak since the target price is much higher all the time. Also, TSLA is different than legacy auto market and different expectation. It is treated more like a tech company then auto maker, and it has been crushing all the expectations on the street. Also, it has many positive catalysts that are coming up, so it will be a good long term investment, and even for short term quick in and out if you can time it right. =)
When Tesla first started and its price was around $150, all the expectation and experts were saying they will crash to a single digit price and eventually disappear, but the opposite happened.
"Tesla’s shares have declined more than 40 percent since April 4 — a much steeper fall than the broad market, vaporizing more than $400 billion in stock market value. And the tumble has called attention to the risks that the company faces. These include increasing competition, a dearth of new products, lawsuits accusing the company of racial discrimination and significant production problems at Tesla’s factory in Shanghai, which it uses to supply Asia and Europe."
 
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