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Keeping an alternative vehicle !?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Mazari4life, May 6, 2018.

  1. Mazari4life

    Mazari4life Member

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    Hello,

    I am super excited to take delivery of my M3 mid May. I have read multiple people had issues with their M3 either upon delivery of after.

    I have a job that I need to be at work and can’t afford my car to not start.

    Question is... should I keep my current car for few weeks in case M3 gives me problems?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Bill33525

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    UBER or get a business account with one of the car rental places close by. Some of them will come and get you.
    Much cheaper.
     
  3. Mazari4life

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    Cheaper than keeping my current thats already paid off? I don’t think that will be the case.
     
  4. uclakim

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    I am in the same boat,,, I will sell my current car only after taking delivery of M3. I rejected my delivery last Thursday and waiting for a new VIN. If a defective car is assigned again, I will defenitely requst hold on delivery for a couple months for other options (i.e. better quality, white interior, AWD)
     
  5. Mazari4life

    Mazari4life Member

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    Why did you reject?
     
  6. seattlite2004

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    If you need a mission critical vehicle and have the space and can afford the extra insurance, registration.....keep the ICE as backup. Waiting for uber or renting a car might not meet your requirements if your work has a time sensation start time.
     
  7. jtpassat

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    Take into consideration the cost of insurance and taxes for the extra car and compare that to how many uber rides it would be the equivalent of.
     
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  8. favo

    favo P3D+ owner

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    Keep it for a month or so. That should be enough time for any infant mortality problems to show themselves on a new car.
     
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  9. uclakim

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    I did not see the car in person but got a call just 2hrs before the delivery appointment, saying that there is discolorarion found on the hood
    . Two options for me - reject or correct the car, so I rejected the car and asked for a new VIN.
     
  10. stargazer

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    Wasn't going to sell our Prius, until I knew I had a good car in hand. I'm going to keep my BMW 2002 as an tribute to the ICE (it's actually a fun car in it's own right). :)
     
  11. jamnmon66

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    I'm going to keep my Jeep for a while until I'm sure I can rely on the 3. Hopefully just a month or so
     
  12. bay74

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    Will be keeping my current vehicle 'cause it can go to some places that the Model 3 can't, and can carry stuff the Model 3 can't, and costs relatively little in maintenance, and the kid loves it.

    We'll ditch the wife's '99 Camry instead, assuming it's still running by the time we can get a Model 3.
     
  13. RyanF

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    Taking into consideration that you’ll get some cash for your current vehicle and the probability is extremely low you’ll actually need a backup vehicle..... yeah you’ll probably lose money by keeping a second vehicle when insurance, registration, and depreciation are considered.
     
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  14. TT97

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    I miss my 2002 (sold it a coupe years ago). One day, thinking of wrapping the 3 the same color.

    $(KGrHqZ,!iYE7TiRi(fkBO1tBgwfpw~~60_3.JPG
     
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  15. 03DSG

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    Awesome picture. It’s funny how memory changes over time. 2002 looks much different than I remembered. Talk about a large greenhouse!
     
  16. stargazer

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    A little sportier look

    2002a.jpg
     
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    Very nice, I thought about replacing the bumpers but never got around to it. Do you race yours?
     
  18. evJOULE

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    Kinda like The Beatles music, just never gets old! Nice car.
     
  19. omgwtfbyobbq

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    It depends on the vehicle/use/situation. If the car's old/beat up enough, parking doesn't cost extra, depreciation is minimal, and in California at least, I only need to pay for registration and insurance if I operate the car on public roads. I can keep it insured/registered, which is $650/year give or take, or just keep it registered for about $150/year, and put insurance on it when I use it, assuming I can wait until a weekday to insure it.

    All told, it would cost me between 3-13 Uber round trips to work and back based on their fare calculator ($50/day), assuming I at least keep it registered. Another problem is that if I do sell the car, and have to purchase another one for some reason, then I'll also take a hit on transaction costs. For instance, lets say my Model 3 is rear-ended/totaled, and my insurance company gives me a low-ball offer. I can fight it, but that takes time, and using Uber is very expensive ($50/round trip to work, $300/round trip to visit family). I can buy another beat up car, but even if I do that odds are I'll pay significantly more for it than I was paid for selling my beater because of transaction costs, which again is a hit.

    There are plenty of situations where selling it makes sense too. If I had to pay for parking every day, it'd be gone. But in that situation I would hope public transportation would be much better than what I have access to now.
     
  20. nogajim

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    The only reason we are keeping our RAV is because our son doesn't have reliable charging for our Leaf. If we didn't think the Model 3 would be there for us when we need it, we wouldn't blow $60K on it.
     

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