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Discussion in 'Model S' started by fallen888, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. fallen888

    fallen888 Member.. hehe, I said "member"

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    First the facts:
    I ordered my MS last Saturday, and received my confirmation and VIN today. Very excited about that, of course. My trade in vehicle has already been inspected, offer received and accepted. Now I just need to drop off my trade in within the next 10 days, and with no more than 400/500 miles more on it than it had at the time of inspection. My estimated MS delivery window is Late August - September.

    So now I found myself in a bit of a predicament (because I rushed the trade in process). I'll have no car for several weeks (if not over a month and a half), and I'll need to get to work (I can't work from home for weeks). I can't borrow my wife's car, because she requires it for work. I may be able to borrow my dad's for several days if/when he works from home.

    I looked into getting a rental and that will likely cost me ~$1,000. I'm afraid of keeping my old car over the deadline and having to go through another inspection and/or losing money on the trade in. I'm trying to figure out what other options I have (if any). So I'd welcome any suggestions, or perhaps you can think of a good deal on a rental I might be able to get. Or a reasonably-priced long-term rental option? Sadly, Tesla doesn't offer loaners.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DougH

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    I bought a used CRV to drive as a back up car. I am sure you could find some thing on CL to tide you over.
     
  3. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    Could you uber/lyft/taxi to work during the days you have no car? Or bike, if you're close enough?
     
  4. fallen888

    fallen888 Member.. hehe, I said "member"

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    Unfortunately, no. It's a 45 minute commute.
     
  5. Austin Powers

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    Just cancel the trade in and put the car up for private sale once you receive the Tesla. You might actually come out profitable by a few thousand bucks.
     
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    Where do you live, can you get to public transportation? Bus, metro, train, slug etc? Even better can you bike to work?
     
  7. DougH

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    Just buy a clunker off CL, you can usually find a Toyota or honda from a grandma that you can then off load quick or keep for when your Tesla breaks down.
     
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    His avatar clearly lists Philly.
     
  9. fallen888

    fallen888 Member.. hehe, I said "member"

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    #9 fallen888, Jul 31, 2016
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    You bite your tongue! :)

    I like the CL idea, thanks guys. Will check it out after I ask all my friends.
     
  10. DougH

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    HA!....what I meant was that if your car has to go to a SC and they dont have a loaner it's easier to just have a secondary car, that way they can just valet your car back and forth.
     
  11. fallen888

    fallen888 Member.. hehe, I said "member"

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    Gotcha. That makes sense.
     
  12. tomas

    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    Once you figure in parking, maintenance, insurance, registration... on extra car that is rarely needed, it is uneconomical for most people to keep beyond bridge period.
     
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    Still don't understand why you cannot back out of the trade in?
     
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    Totally not true. You just have to be wise on what you buy and insure.
     
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    You can't run a car for free, even if you're not driving it. Insurance companies assume you're driving both cars at once, and charge you accordingly, and registration is the same no matter how much you drive. Cars also depreciate (some more than others). As such, you will be out several hundred dollars a year minimum to keep a "spare" car around, and that doesn't even count maintenance, and finding a place to store the thing.

    Unless you expect to use it at least a full week or two a year, you can basically guarantee that it will be cheaper to rent/taxi/uber as needed than to keep the "spare" car around. And that's regardless of what you have, if you have something that's nice enough to enjoy driving (instead of feel like a punishment) it will be significantly more expensive.
     
  17. tomas

    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    You can buy a car for next to nothing. But the cheaper the car, the more likely maintenance. You can short cut insurance. But do you really want to have less liability or injury insurance? You may have an extra garage or driveway spot, but most people do not. Registration and fees are non-negotiable. My daughter just sold a car that was given to her for free. Operating costs too high. If you figure cost of $500 to rent or taxi annually while main car in service, most people will find it a losing proposition to own extra car. Plus Tesla offers loaners!
     
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    Talk to your Tesla DS / rep. - explain the situation.

    They told me the same thing about the 500 miles for my trade-in (but nothing about number of days), but it took Tesla longer to deliver my inventory car, so my DS told me not to worry about it.... I dropped my trade-in at the same time that I picked up my Model S.
     
  19. fallen888

    fallen888 Member.. hehe, I said "member"

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    Yeah, after giving it some more thought.. I'll either push back on the trade in drop off or get a rental. I'd rather not deal with another vehicle in the mix - too many headaches already. :)

    I'll definitely talk to my DS to see if she can help me out somehow.

    Thanks.
     
  20. brkaus

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    If nothing else, perhaps they can get u an enterprise rental using their discount. Also check enterprise through big box wholesalers.
     

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