I told him that this would really piss off tons of loyal customers.
Elon Musk in August said:Price increase for Tesla FSD postponed until version 10 with smart summon is in wide release
I told him that this would really piss off tons of loyal customers. He assured me that the price would only go up.
I thought the same thing almost two years ago when I bought FSD. Price went down early this year. Today it only costs $6k for what I paid $8k for. Tons of loyal customers were pissed off.
Hope you weren’t counting on that advice from the salesperson.
That's not correct.
In April, Tesla bundled Autopilot on all Model 3s (except the $35K version) and made it a standard feature.
But it's not "free" -- when they bundled it they raised the price of the SR+ by $2000, from $37,500 to $39,500. An Update to Our Vehicle Lineup
$6000 (FSD)+$2000 (AP)=$8000, the same price for the full package as before the change ($5000 EAP+$3000 FSD).
Under the old EAP+FSD system, before they made AP standard they did briefly reduce the cost of FSD from $3K to $2K -- that may be what you had in mind.
Eh, overall the prices of the cars have gone down since 2017 even with the tax credits going away. So, yes, today someone is paying $2k less than I did for the same package. I paid $51,500 for my LR RWD before EAP and FSD. I can spec out a nice AWD today the same for $50,490 and it comes with AP. With the tax credits ($7500 vs $1875), that car is only $4600 more expensive than mine and it includes AP. I believe the original price gap between LR and AWD was $5000. So, if I ordered today I would get AP for free compared to what I originally paid.